The Weequahic Branch Library will host the second of five free financial fairs today from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. that will include make-believe activities and musical performances for children and will also provide parents and caretakers with information on job searches.
Children can participate in "Whose Hat is That?" an activity featuring hats associated with different jobs, as well as play in a pretend grocery store. There will be a raffle to win a bag filled with books, money jars to encourage saving, sharing and spending and other surprises.
The fair will include a lively musical performance by Beth & Scott and Friends at 4:30 p.m. that emphasizes themes of saving, spending and sharing.
The Weequahic Branch is one of South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka’s Center of Hope sites for his "South Ward Reads" literacy program.
"Almost 200 children and adults attended our first financial fair held last month at the Van Buren Branch and we’re looking forward to keeping the excitement and momentum going at our other fairs," said Library Director Wilma Grey in a statement. "We encourage preschoolers and their families to come to the Weequahic Branch and learn valuable lessons while having a fun time."
The library's financial education program, which targets children ages 3 to 5, is funded by a $300,000 grant from the PNC Foundation's Grow Up Great initiative, a $350 million program to enhance early childhood education and school readiness.
For information about the finance fair, please contact the Weequahic Branch Library at 973-733-7751.
– Staff reports