The Friends strive to provide free events and programming for people of all ages to promote lifelong learning.

Here are some examples of Library initiatives the Friends’ have recently funded:

Ongoing Programs

The 2nd Grade Library Card Campaign provides students with their first library card and other Library-branded materials, if they do not already have one. The program develops literacy skills and makes library usage a positive habit.

Books2Go is 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 Spirit of Literacy Awards is an annual celebration recognizing individuals and companies who excel in promoting reading, literacy and Library use in Scottsdale.

The Summer Reading Program rewards kids, teens, and adults for recreational reading, including games and special programs. It also provides a big head start for students when the school year begins again.

Ultimate Play Date is a free annual event for children to experience the fun side of STEM, music and dance, and language to further develop their interest in important life skills.

Capital Campaigns

Knowasis: The Thunderbirds Charities Teen Learning Center opened in 2006 at Civic Center Library catering to Scottsdale teenagers. The Friends raised over $500,000 to build the new space where teens can participate in activities, receive educational guidance, and interact with peers in a safe environment.

Scottsdale Heritage Connection opened in 2019 at Civic Center Library to display the written and visual history of Scottsdale. This $500,000 capital campaign features research space, display cases with yearbooks and other local media, and over 10,000 photographs and images of Scottsdale. It also hosts free historical events for the public.

Future Programs

The Civic Center Library Storytime room is planning a renovation into a story maker experience with a sunshine garden and added technology for children’s use.

Your tax-deductible contribution to The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library supports programs like these.