There is a difference between needs and wants, and that will be just one of the lessons for children Saturday at the Love2Learn event at West Manchester Mall.

Love2Learn is a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the United Way and aimed at children ages birth to seven.

Activities will focus on literacy, math, science, art, music and dramatic play.

Among the activities, instructors from Martin Library will teach Right On The Money, a financial literacy class.

Library instructors will give an abbreviated version of the class, which they also offer at after-school programs and as part of their summer reading programs, said Paula Gilbert, director of youth services.

The class is aimed at children in kindergarten through second grade, Gilbert said.

Kids who participate will receive a free copy of the book "Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday," by Judith Viorst.

Each child can decorate a piggy bank to take home.

"We've had this for two years and we're very excited," said Gilbert. "It has been very successful. The actual class is designed to give kids a look at basic finances and introduce the young child to the basics of money."

Other features: The entertainment at Love2Learn will include the York Revolution Mascot, Officer Dorothy, "Puss in Boots" characters, and the teenage band "The Black Jacks."


Various child care centers will be represented at the event for families interested in learning more about their services.

Some of the other participating vendors will be Baltimore Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties, Bricks 4 Kidz, Crime Intervention Alarm, Early Intervention, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis Club of Dillsburg, Macaroni Kids, Martin Library, Members 1st, PNC Grow Up Great, Safe Kids, SecureCorps, South Central Reading Council, South Central Regional Key, SPCA, WIC, YMCA of York and York County, and YWCA York Camp Cann-Edi-On.

-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or