In an effort to promote financial literacy in children, The PNC Foundation has entered into a new initiative with the Columbus Metropolitan Library. On Wednesday, it was announced that a $186,000 grant from PNC will help teach kids how to be more responsible with money.

If you want to help educate your child with financial basics, the library and PNC are offering two new ways to do so. The first is a series of story times with money-themed activities. The sessions will occur multiple times a week amongst the library's almost two dozen Columbus locations. Visit www.cml.lib.oh.us to find a branch near you.

PNC is also expanding its Grow up Great program, which focuses on developing skills in youngsters like math, science and reading. To include financial lessons, a kit called "For Me, for You, for Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing, and Saving" will be available for families. It includes a Sesame Street DVD along with a parent guide and activity book. Pick one up for free at PNC branches, or download one at www.pncgrowupgreat.com.

--Heather Weekley