September 10 - October 15

All About TM4K

What is it?

A traveling museum-quality exhibition for grades 1 - 6. Through a community-market-themed storyline, digital interactive content and other hands-on activities, the exhibition explores topics like earning, saving and spending money as well as making responsible financial decisions.

Why is it here?

Thinking Money for Kids is an exhibition traveling to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2019 and 2022. Bentonville Public Library was chosen during the application process to house the exhibit for 6 weeks.

What can you expect?

The Library will host the traveling exhibit in the Walmart Community Room, which kids can visit during open hours. Throughout the 6 weeks we have the exhibit, the Library will provide numerous programs geared towards money and finance for kids in grades 1 - 6.

Want to bring your class?

Field trip opportunities to the Library are also available for classes in grades 1 to 6. During their visit, students will explore the exhibit and take part in other small-group financial literacy activities. Lesson plans developed by Economics Arkansas will be sent to teachers for use before and after their visit.  To schedule a field trip, or for more information, contact BPL's Children’s Librarian Christina Clark at or 479-271-6816. Space is limited; therefore, teachers are encouraged to secure their visit at their earliest convenience. 


Programming and Events

Educator Sneak-Peek

Bentonville Public Library (BPL) invites elementary and middle school educators to a sneak-peek of the American Library Association's Thinking Money for Kids exhibit from 4:30 - 6:00PM on Thursday, September 8. The event will be held at 405 S. Main Street in the Library's Walmart Community Room. Educators can drop in for a sneak-peek starting at 4:30PM, followed by a professional development workshop lead by Jennifer Taunton, Gifted and Talented Facilitator for the Springdale School District, at 5:15PM.


All teachers who attend will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit, a free book highlighted during the session, and a $10 Walmart e-giftcard. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to register.  

Thinking Money for Kids: Exhibit Grand Opening

Saturday, September 10, 10AM – 2PM

10AM – Ribbon cutting and exhibit opening

11:15AM – Money Tales: a family storytime for all ages

12PM – Art of Saving: decorate a piggy bank, while supplies last.

1PM – Money Bingo: practice identifying and counting coins while competing for fun prizes!

Info here.

Currency of the World

On display September 10 – October 15

View Bentonville City Council Member Octavio Sanchez’s extensive collection of coins and notes from around the world. Info here.

Cover to Cover Book Club for Kids

Monday, September 12, 5 – 6PM

Read, think and share ideas about great books! This month, we're talking about The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. The first 12 participants to register will receive a free copy of the book, generously purchased by the Friends of the Library. For kids in 4th - 6th grade. Register here.

Book Buddies: A First Book Club

Thursday, September 15, 4:30 - 5:30PM

Listen to a great book and share your opinions on the text and illustrations - all while discovering more about literary elements. Each discussion will end with a book-inspired activity! Participants do not need to read the book in advance. September's book selection is When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan. After the story, we'll make freshly juiced lemonade to pass out at our own lemonade stand! For kids in kindergarten – 3rd grade. Info here.

Origami Afternoon

Tuesday, September 20, 4:30 - 5:30PM

In this special edition of Origami Afternoon, volunteer instructors Ms. Hannah and Mr. Ivan will show you how to fold dollar bills into cool works of art. All skill levels are welcome! For kids in 1st – 6th grade. Info here.

Let's LEGO®!

Tuesday, September 27, 4:30 - 5:30PM

LEGO® enthusiasts, assemble! Use your creativity to build a model based on the monthly challenge. September's theme: What would you buy if you won the lottery? For kids in k – 6th grade. Info here.

Spend It with the Amazeum

Wednesday, September 28, 4:30 - 5:30PM

Gear up for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) challenge to create a unique vehicle from a variety of loose materials. In this workshop, we will learn about budgets and wise money choices through exploring the adventures in the book, Spend It by Cinder McLeod. For kids in 1st – 6th grade. Registration is required.

Art Shop

Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 – 5:30PM

Learn to make difficult budgeting decisions at the BPL Art Shop! Upon entering, you’ll be given $5 of pretend money which can be used to “purchase” a range of art supplies. How will you use it, and what will you create? For kids in 1st – 6th grade. Register here.

BookFlix at Six

Wednesday, October 12, 6 – 7PM

Come to the library every Wednesday for an animated storybook and thematically paired non-fiction title, followed by a related activity. In this Thinking Money edition of BookFlix at Six, we’ll watch Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and then talk about the careers we’re interested in! For all ages. Info here.

World Bazaar Finale

Saturday, October 15, 11AM – 1PM

A free multicultural arts and education event for kids and families! Grab your BPL issued passport and travel the globe by visiting booths representing countries around the world. Learn about each country's culture and currency, create and buy products, and make connections across borders! Info here.



Thinking Money for Kids was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible.

A free multicultural arts and education event for kids and families! Grab your BPL issued passport and travel the globe by visiting booths representing countries around the world. Learn about each country's culture and currency, create and buy products, and make connections across borders! 

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