Scottsdale Library to Feature Monthly Salon Series of Scottsdale History

The Scottsdale Library will host a series of free monthly events to showcase the history of the city beginning Thursday, February 22.

The events will all take place at the Civic Center branch from 6pm to 7pm, and will be hosted by Scottsdale historians and authors Joan Fudala and Doug Sydnor. Each session will have a theme, and will feature photos, videos and other historic documents collected by the City.

The first event on February 22 will focus on Scottsdale Special Events History. Subsequent events that are already planned include:

  • Scottsdale Art History on Thursday, March 8
  • Scottsdale’s History of Preservation on Thursday, April 12
  • Scottsdale’s Historic Properties & Architectural History on Thursday, May 17

The salon series will promote the Library’s Scottsdale Heritage Connection, a project of the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library to create a permanent exhibition that showcases all of the City’s historical documents.

For more information on the series or the City’s historical collection, please visit http://www.scottsdalelibrary.org/historical.

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Friends Raise Funds via 1st Bank Good Week

The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library participated in 1st Bank’s annual Good Week on November 14 to raise money for the Scottsdale Heritage Connection (SHC).

SHC Committee

SHC volunteers at 1st Bank Good Week event

Good Week provided free lunches at its branches in Gilbert and Scottsdale all week from local restaurants. The Friends partnered with Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers, which offered burgers, macaroni and cheese and non-alcoholic drinks.

The Friends were able to promote the SHC and raise money from interested donors. The event raised over $100 toward the SHC project.

Thank you to 1st Bank for providing this platform to promote the preservation of Scottsdale’s history.

Friends to Host Book Fair at Barnes & Noble from September 7-12

The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library are excited to once again partner with Barnes & Noble on a book fair, with a portion of book sales proceeds benefiting the Friends.

From Thursday, September 7 through Tuesday, September 12, you can participate in one of three ways:

These are all great ways to support lifelong learning while also raising money for the Scottsdale Library. Thank you for your continued support.

Tuft & Needle Supports Scottsdale Library Through Affiliate Program

The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library are partnering with local mattress manufacturer Tuft & Needle on a fundraiser where 25 percent of proceeds from mattresses sold using the Friends code will go to the Scottsdale Library.

Tuft & NeedleIf you’re in the market for a new mattress, simply take the following steps to participate:

  1. Visit https://www.tuftandneedle.com/?p=993dc660
  2. Purchase one of the mattresses, which will be delivered to your house

You can also visit one of the Tuft & Needle showrooms throughout the Valley to test out different mattresses, but in order to benefit the Library you’ll need to mention it when you check out.

Friends to Co-Host Children’s Learning & Play Festival September 9

The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library are once again excited to be partnering on the Children’s Learning & Play Festival, set for September 9 at WestWorld in Scottsdale from 9am to 4pm.

Children's Learning & Play FestivalLast year’s inaugural event drew over 12,000 attendees for a day of children’s activities including authors and illustrators, S.T.E.M. programming and a play zone with games, arts and crafts.

The Friends are once again sponsoring the authors and illustrators, which last year included Marc Brown, author of the Arthur the Aardvark book series that was adapted into a PBS children’s show. This year, authors will be selling and signing copies of their books thanks to a partnership with Barnes & Noble, who will be processing all transactions and donating a percentage of sales of the Friends.

Just like last year, the Festival is free of charge for all attendees, and will be indoors and air-conditioned. Parking will be $5, and we are requesting a non-perishable food donation to support the Vista Del Camino Food Bank.

This year’s Children’s & Learning Festival is presented by Tuft & Needle.

Mustang Library Turns 30 in 2017

The Mustang Library branch officially turns 30 years old on June 13.

Mustang LibraryWhile it may not have the visual recognition of the Arabian branch or the Old Town history of Civic Center, it’s the second oldest branch in Scottsdale and also the second biggest at over 31,000 square feet.

It also provided new innovations to Library patrons like drive-up window service for check-outs and returns.

If you haven’t been to Mustang in awhile, stop by to celebrate its 30 years as a mainstay in the Scottsdale community.

Scottsdale Heritage Connection Campaign Kicks Off May 10

Scottsdale Heritage ConnectionThe Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library is excited to be supporting a $1 million capital campaign for the Scottsdale Heritage Connection, which officially launches on May 10.

The new permanent exhibition, which is scheduled to open in spring 2019, will celebrate the history of Scottsdale through photographs and images, phone books, year books and other media, and interviews with Scottsdale residents.

The space will encompass 2,300 square feet in the Civic Center Library as well as kiosks in each of the other Scottsdale Library branches.

The Friends will be the official 501(c)(3) partner of this campaign, ensuring that all donations are tax deductible. The Friends also made the first donation to the campaign of $5,000. The campaign is being headed by Carol Damaso, former Director of the Scottsdale Public Library.

“Scottsdale’s ‘heritage’ will move front and center at the Library to provide visitors the best place for local research, audio/video presentations from citizens and historical perspective for the City’s present and future,” said Damaso. Added current Library Director Kathleen Wade, “It will become another way for visitors to ‘experience Scottsdale.'”

The Friends’ previous capital campaigns include raising $500,000 in funding for Knowasis: The Thunderbirds Charities Teen Learning Center, allowing teenagers an activity space in the Civic Center Library branch.

Here is a brochure to learn more about the Scottsdale Heritage Connection, and if you’d like to donate, please visit our Scottsdale Heritage Connection page.