Modern libraries are much more than a place to borrow books and films. Today’s libraries offer innovative methods for teaching, research and learning, providing unprecedented access to its collections and services for people of all ages. Here are some of the programs where the Friends’ have contributed funds:
- The 2nd Grade Reading Program, providing students with their first library card, if they do not already have one. The program develops literacy skills and makes library usage a positive habit.
- Books2Go, a series of micro-libraries in City of Scottsdale parks filled with free books for the public in a “take one, leave one” style system.
- The Children’s Learning & Play Festival, an annual event at WestWorld where children and their families can enjoy author presentations, kids activities and musical performances.
- Knowasis: The Thunderbirds Charities Teen Learning Center at Civic Center Library, a popular place for teenagers where they participate in activities, receive educational guidance and interact with peers in a safe environment. Seventy percent of Knowasis was privately funded.
- ReVentures, now Business & Career Programs, offering workshops and online resources for job seekers to gain employment. This program also includes computer skills courses.
- The Spirit of Literacy Awards, currently inactive, recognized individuals and companies who excelled in promoting reading, literacy and library use in Scottsdale.
- Story Stroll, an opportunity for families to read a children’s book, page by page, as they walk through parks and other outdoor areas.
- The Story Time room, undergoing a renovation into a story maker experience with a sunshine garden and added technology for children’s use.
- The Summer Reading Program, letting children in early grades keep reading alive and providing them a big head start when the school year begins again.
Your tax-deductible contribution to The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library supports programs like these.