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Lawton library will hold Thinking Money exhibit

The Lawton Public Library is gearing up for a chance to teach tweens, teens and adults about financial literacy with its upcoming "Thinking Money" exhibit. 

"Thinking Money" was created by the American Library Association in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Rachel Pierce, a librarian for the local library, went through the extensive process of applying for the grant to bring "Thinking Money" to Lawton.

"It was awarded to only 50 public libraries in the entire country, so it's a pretty big deal. I had to go to Orlando for the American Library Association conference to do a workshop about it," Pierce said.

The exhibit's target audience is teens, their parents and educators. But Pierce says that it will have something for everyone.

The exhibit will feature iPad games and other hands-on activities. Pierce describes it as an interactive exhibit.

"Basically, the content is that it is an adventure storyline about finance," Pierce said. "It follows six characters that are facing six different financial pitfalls, such as fraud and wants versus needs. The underlying theme, which is interesting, is how our brains think about money."

The library is looking to reflect that underlying theme with the programs it will be offering during the exhibit.

"We will have a children's story time which is about starting a lemonade stand in the winter. The teens are going to play a card game that discovers your money personality. Lynn Null from the OSU Extension office is going to come do that with us. We are having a teen lock-in. And we're going to do an escape room and other financial-based games. Hopefully they will be interacting with the exhibit," Pierce said.

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