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Media Smart Citizens: Smart Money Habits

Smart Money Habits 

In today's digital world, leveraging media and technology to provide educational solutions based on financial knowledge from trusted experts empowers financial freedom. In this Smart Money Habits section, you can access credible multimedia resources that help you discover digital financial tools and improve your financial well-being. For further topic-specific insights, explore The New York Public Library's collections, programs, and services on personal finance management.

Smart Money Habits is a financial learning series produced by experts at the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) in partnership with Media Smart Citizens and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library.

Financial Building Blocks

Financial Building Blocks are important for managing money wisely. Building smart money habits can help you achieve your goals.

Money in a Digital World

Managing your money in a digital world is a necessity. Digital tools can help you monitor your credit score or apply for a loan.

Budgeting for College

Going to college is a major life milestone. Having guidance on how to get financial aid is critical. (Video coming soon!)


LinkedIn Learning

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LinkedIn Learning is an online educational site that features thousands of courses and video tutorials where you can discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests. It is free to access from anywhere using your NYPL library card. Here are some of the online classes offered:

Budgeting in Real Life
Most budgets fail. But it’s not because the people who made them failed—it’s because they were set up to fail. Budgets are useless if they don’t work in real life. In this course, learn how to create a budget that meets you where you are. Financial planner and fintech consultant Natalie Taylor explains how to overcome the most common budgeting pitfalls, budget based on your values, and set achievable goals.

Financial Adulting
In this course you can learn how to move beyond your fears about money—and start making money work for you. It's never too late to take control! Learn step-by-step techniques to eliminate bad debt, build a good credit score, and generate passive income.

Managing Your Personal Finances
In this course, financial expert Jane Barratt shows how opportunities arise when you change your attitude towards money. She walks you through the basics of personal finance—earning, spending, saving, and investing—with an eye for finding opportunities to enrich your life.

Thomas Yoseloff Business Center

The Thomas Yoseloff Business Center at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) is The New York Public Library’s premier business library, offering an array of free resources for those interested in personal finance and investing, small business, financial research, and career services. It also provides premium electronic resources and services for businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to established businesses seeking expansion, and for job seekers, from entry to executive levels.

Are you interested in learning about investing or saving or planning for retirement? Would you like help in managing your money, or paying off debt? Book a free online session with one of their professional counselors. Do you want to attend a finance class or program? See their calendar of upcoming events. For more information and resources, please visit their guides on Personal Finance and Financial Planning.

College & Career Pathways

Whether you're working on college applications or trying to figure out what career is best for you, The New York Public Library's College & Career Pathways program is here for you, with resources, individual counseling, college and career prep workshops, and programs to help you take the next big step.

There are informational videos to give you guidance on different topics that will help you prepare for what comes after high school. You can also sign up for a one on one session (15 to 30 minutes) with a College and Career Pathways (CCP) librarian to get individual postsecondary readiness assistance online. In addition, there are a wide array of free programs across the Library, including at our neighborhood branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

College & Career Pathways has been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.