Pelhamopoly comes to the Pelham Public Library

The Pelham Public Library introduces Pelhamopoly, a Pelham-themed financial education game, on June 2. (Reporter Photo / Molly Davidson)

The Pelham Public Library introduces Pelhamopoly, a Pelham-themed financial education game, on June 2. (Reporter Photo / Molly Davidson)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

PELHAM—On June 2, the Pelham Public Library will introduce Pelhamopoly, the newest addition to the library’s financial education tools and materials.

Pelhamopoly is “based off of monopoly,” explained Pelham Public Library Adult Services Coordinator David Smith. To move around the game board, patrons must complete simple tasks, such as checking out a non-fiction book and liking the library on Facebook. Those who complete the tasks win a $5 library credit.

The game is the latest of the library’s Smart Investing @ Your Library grant sponsored initiatives and is intended to introduce patrons to the variety of materials available at the library, especially the financial education literature and tools.

Earlier this year, the Pelham Public Library was one of 17 libraries nationwide to be awarded the $83,500 Smart Investing @ Your Library grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association.

The library has used the grant to fund a variety of family financial education initiatives, including various programs at schools and Pelhamopoly.

“The main reason we did this is to get people familiar with the finance items we have,” Smith said. “It’s about getting families to work together and save money.”

Some of the Pelhamopoly tasks include checking out a finance book, starting a family vacation savings piggy bank and using the library’s coupon binder to save money as a family.

“(Pelhamopoly) is for adults 18 and up, but it’s primarily aimed at adults with kids,” Smith said.

Patrons have between June 2 and July 31 to complete all of the listed tasks and win a $5 library credit. This credit can be used for anything in the library, from buying books at the Book Sale to printing, Smith said.

There is no charge to sign up and play Pelhamopoly, patrons can “simply come by the library and ask for one of our game sheets,” Smith said.