Public libraries are “uniquely situated to promote literacy” (IFLA Section on Reading) but today’s complexity demands more than reading, writing, and numeracy skills: Atomic learning has identified a list of 12 of what they call “21st century skills”, including digital citizenship, health literacy, critical thinking & problem solving, etc.
Financial literacy is one of them and can be defined as “the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being” (President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy).
OECD’s PISA conducted a financial literacy assessment of students, which results were release last 19 July 2014. According to them, “helping young people understand financial issues is important, as younger generations are likely to face ever-increasingly complex financial products and services”.
There’s plenty of online resources focused on financial literacy. You can find a few of them in this article by the DEN (Discovery Education Network) where you can also find an introduction to this concept.