WASHINGTON — A financial education partnership between public libraries and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has skyrocketed to more than 98 library systems in the two months since the pilot program launched.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray noted the program's growth in a speech Monday to announce that Rhode Island's library system also joined. The program, which is meant to help libraries offer more broad and uniform financial education to consumers with the help of federal agencies including the CFPB, started in April with 9 public library systems. With the recent addition of Rhode Island's libraries, the program has now reached about 98 systems and 470 branches across the country.

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