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Financial Literacy Resources, Programs, and Services at the Library

Want to up your financial literacy skills and knowledge? The Library has tons of great resources, programs, and services designed to help you make informed and effective decisions across a wide range of areas. Whether you’re just starting your journey to financial freedom or well on your way, the Library has the tools you need.

Upcoming Financial Literacy Programs:

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Kwanzaa Kick-Off Series – Financially Lit Lunch Hour

We’re kicking off Kwanzaa celebrations early this year by honoring the holiday’s principle of Ujamaa, or cooperative economics. The Financially Lit Lunch Hour workshop series starts at noon, Nov. 29 at Norman Mayer Library. Participants will learn all about the best practices in establishing, rebuilding, or managing credit. 

Registration is recommended, but not required, and lunch will be provided to the first 20 attendees.

First created in the 1960s, Kwanzaa honors African diaspora, Blackness, community development, and familyhood. The holiday is officially celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, but its principles can be honored year-round.

In addition to Ujamaa, Kwanzaa traditions celebrate Umoja for unity, Kujichagulia for self-determination, Ujima, for collective work and responsibility, Nia for purpose, Kuumba for creativity, and Imani for faith.

While gifts are exchanged during Kwanzaa, the holiday is primarily about community, growth, and development, so educational and philanthropic events are common ways to celebrate the occasion.

The second Financially Lit Lunch Hour workshop is on December 6 at East New Orleans Regional Library and will focus on homeownership. The last –– Dec, 14 at Algiers Regional Library –– is all about business credit. All three workshops start at noon and run for one hour. Participants do not need to attend all three workshops.

TCNDC Financial Literacy Workshop: Get the Tools Necessary for Financial Fitness and Freedom

The Library teamed up with Tulane Canal Neighborhood Development Corporation (TCNDC) to present an 8-week workshop series all about the importance of saving, budgeting, credit, and financial independence. Workshops are held Saturdays from 11am-1pm in the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center sunroom. Space is limited and registration is required.

The series started in October, but new attendees are welcome to participate in the remaining workshop sessions:

Home Buying 101, December 3

Get step-by-step home buying tips from a realtor and mortgage lender.

Debt Management, December 10

Learn debt management strategies, how to review credit reports for discrepancies, and ways to monitor your credit with

Vision Boards, December 17

Present and make a 5-year plan utilizing Canva to create a digital vision board.

Financial Literacy E-Resources:

New Orleans Public Library cardholders looking to up their financial literacy game can unlock access to high-quality e-Resources anywhere, anytime –– for free.

  • Digital Learn: Digital Learn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. Classes include Online Frauds and Scams and Creating a Basic Budget with Excel.

  • LinkedIn Learning: This platform is a massive online training resource where patrons are able to learn via self-paced courses and on-demand content. Learn business, software, technology and creative skills with online video tutorials taught by recognized industry professionals. Courses include Build Your Financial Literacy, Financial Basics Everyone Should Know, and Financial Literacy for Employees.

    If you’ve ever felt confused by financial decisions you needed to make, or financial documents that you needed to read, these courses are for you.

  • Value Line: Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.

    Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.
To access all these resources and more, visit and log in with your Library card number and pin.

Other Library Services:

The members of the Library’s Adult Learning and Education team believe in lifelong learning, particularly financial and workforce development and digital literacy. Explore their business and entrepreneurship resources here. Or, contact the Adult Learning and Education team directly at


2 thoughts on “Financial Literacy Programs, Resources, and Services”

    • Hi Shannon,
      The financial literacy events will not be taped. However, our financial literacy e-resources, like Digital Learn, LinkedIn Learning, and Value Line, are available anytime with your Library card.
      Thanks for reaching out!


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