Money Habits Teens Need to Know

Understanding finances should begin well before you have a job or go to college. At Plano Public Library, we offer financial literacy programs and have books in our collection about various financial literacy topics specific to teens. In addition to what the library has and offers, we work with local partners like the University of North Texas Student Money Management Center, cfpb, Bank of America and Capital One to bring you expert information about budgeting, investing, paying for school and more.

Keep reading for a breakdown of these many resources and upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Game of Life
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 2pm
Haggard Library

Buying a home, paying for college, your first paycheck, and much more! Join us in playing the Game of Life and see how far your paycheck can take you. Learn how your future career can impact your financial life and decision-making. Presented by college students from the University of North Texas Student Money Management Center.

Navigate Your Future
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7pm
Virtual – Register here

Do you wonder what the job market is like? Learn ways to think about careers and navigate the educational path to get there.

Building Wealth – Beginner’s Guide
Tuesday, April 5 at 7pm – Virtual – Register here
Saturday, April 9 at 3pm – Parr Library (ticketed)

Secure your financial future by taking control of your financial choices. You can create personal wealth and meet your financial goals by using basic concepts to launch you towards the future you want.

Salud Financiera Familiar: Conceptos Básicos Financieros
Saturday, April 23 at 2pm
Haggard Library (necesita un boleto para este evento)

Usando conceptos básicos de dinero y tomando el control de sus opciones financieras para lanzarlo hacia el futuro que desea.

General Financial Literacy
“Game of Life” program recording with University of North Texas Student Money Management Center, 10/12/2021

Teen Guide to Financial Literacy by Joseph Ferry

Protecting Financial Data by Kathryn Hulick

Making Smart Money Choices by Moira Rose Donohue

Economy 101 by Yvette LaPierre

Heads Up Money by Marcus Weeks

Careers in Finance by Sandra Donovan

The Teen Money Manual: Guide to Cash by Kara McGuire

Building Towards Adult Financial Well-Being

a presentation to Teen Street Team, November 2021

cfpb: Misadventures in Money Management – Choose your own adventure in a virtual learning experience that trains future and current service members and their families on how to navigate future financial landmines in a fun and interactive way. The program is currently available for use by all of the U.S. Armed Forces

cfpb: Money as You Grow for Teens & Young Adults – Teens and young adults generally start to earn money and make decisions on their own. Adult supervision, guidance, and feedback can help them navigate successfully

cfpb: Map Your Money Journey – Understanding how to manage money is a lifelong journey. Take this survey to see where you are on your journey today and learn about steps you can take for your future


Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution by Brendan January

Bitcoins: Navigating Open Source Currency by Barbara Hollander

A Teen Guide to Investing Series by Tammy Gagne

The Everything Guide to Investing in Your 20s & 30s by Joe Duarte

Paying for School
“Money Matters for Teens: Build and Use Credit Wisely” program recording with University of North Texas Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, 4/19/21

The Cost of College by Michael Regan

College, Quicker: 24 Practical Ways to Save Money by Kate Stephens

cfpb: Paying for College – Understanding financial aid, repaying student loans, student banking and more

cfpb: Managing Your College Money – Understanding student banking and the ins-and-out of having a bank account

cfpb: Financial inTuition Podcast – Learn tips and strategies on how to make more informed financial decisions around managing money, saving and paying for higher education, and repaying student loan debt

cfpb: Your Financial Path to Graduation

  • Understand your financial aid offer
  • Plan to cover the remaining costs
  • Estimate how much you’ll owe and if you can afford that debt
  • Compare offers from different schools
  • Decide what to do next

“Resources for Small Businesses” with SCORE program recording, 8/12/21

The Young Adult’s Guide to Starting a Small Business

Unprepared to Entrepreneur: a Method to the Madness of Starting Your Own Business by Sonya Barlow

Side Hustle to Main Hustle: the Owner’s Manual to Full-Time Entrepreneurship by Angel N. Livas

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