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    Children's Innovative Learning Experience Opening at Cleveland Public Library: “The Big Bank” makes financial literacy fun for children

    9/7/2012 3:15:09 PM

    Cleveland Public Library (CPL) announces the opening of “The Big Bank” at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard on September 6, 2012 and running through October 6, 2012. “The Big Bank” is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation.

    “The Big Bank” exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee to provide children ages 3–8 with hands-on learning opportunities focused on financial learning and education.  Children can role-play as the bank teller, manager, loan officer or customer as they explore activities that teach basic math, problem-solving and literacy skills.  There are also activity stations where children can practice identifying currency and solve bank-themed puzzles and challenges.

    “Financial literacy is of enormous importance to the success of the children in our community,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “With the generosity of the grant from the PNC Foundation, we have the ability to introduce children to the basics of banking, savings, and money management in a fun and interactive way.”
    This interactive exhibit supports CPL’s priority to provide activities and educational resources that promote the healthy development of children, beginning in early childhood. While the kids are exploring the fun of “The Big Bank”, they are also learning basic math and problem-solving skills, helping them become smarter about money.