Thinking Money


Navigate the ever-changing world of personal finance with this interactive exhibit and special programming.


Maplewood Library is one of 50 US libraries selected to present  a museum-quality traveling exhibition entitled Thinking Money: a Financial Expedition which will be on display from December 27, 2016 to January 19, 2017. Maplewood is the only New Jersey location where the exhibit can be seen.

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores a variety of financial themes.                                                                               

Thinking Money strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics—like  saving, spending and avoiding fraud—in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.


For ages 11-18 (except Parent Book Discussion) No registration needed.

Main Library – Sat. Dec. 17 – 2 pm – 4 pm
Join us for the unveiling of the Thinking Money exhibit. Kids can make a Scrooge’s piggy bank, and teens can craft a Scrooge’s duct tape wallet. Keep your craft or give it as a gift! Refreshments will be served.

Bling a Vase – DIY Gift
Main Library – Wed. Dec. 21 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Homemade gifts come from the heart and save you money! Bejewel, bedazzle and use etching tools to transform a plain glass vase into a beautiful gift for the holidays.

Money Movie Madness
Main Library – Wed. Dec. 28 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a comedy classic about a minor-league baseball player who must spend $30 million in 30 days in order to inherit $300 million, and he can’t tell anyone about the deal. Through a series of silly adventures, he discovers that spending serious money isn’t as easy, or as much fun, as he thinks. Refreshments will be served.

Main Library – Thurs. Dec. 29 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chill out at the Library and play some money-themed board games like Pay Day, Monopoly, The Game of Life, The Allowance, Catan and more. There will be prizes and refreshments, and you can take part in a Thinking Money Exhibit scavenger hunt!

the-opposite-of-spoiled-by-ron-lieberThe Opposite of Spoiled Parent Book Discussion
Main Library – Wed. Jan. 4 – 7:30 – 9:00 pm
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart about Money, by Ron Leiber, explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded, financially wise young adults. We’ll be discussing chapter 4 of the book, which covers the smartest ways for kids to spend.

How Credit Works: For Teens
Main Library – Thurs. Jan. 5 – 4:00- 5:00 pm
Learn how the world of credit works, and how it will affect you when you enter the workforce. You’ll learn about types of credit, how credit is used and the how credit reporting affects your spending options. With Nancy Wheeler of Financy.

The Nuts and Bolts of Financial Trading: for Teens and Adults
Main Library – Wed. Jan 11 – 7:00-9:00 pm
Want to know what it’s like to be a Wall Street trader? Play a simulated trading game. Learn what it means to buy and sell – and what you’re buying and selling. Bring your basic math skills and have some fun! Registration is required. https://nutsandboltsjan11.eventbrite.

 Planning a Major Purchase: For Teens
Main Library – Thurs. Jan. 12 – 4:00- 5:00 pm
Imagine your future life and get a handle on what you’ll need to know to make BIG purchases. You’ll be given a pretend budget to use, and will figure out the expenses involved in buying that vehicle you have your eye on. With Nancy Wheeler of Financy.


Thinking Money is open to the public December 19 to January 19 during regular library hours, as follows:
Monday: 10 am to 9 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible.