The Friends booth at Ultimate Play Date
It was a day of fun and learning as the Friends once again supported Scottsdale Public Library’s Ultimate Play Date on Saturday, December 7 at Civic Center Library.
In addition to sponsoring the face painting exhibit, the Friends featured a booth with a prize wheel. Children could win bookmarks, pencils, and candy.
The Play Date was filled with free educational and entertainment activities for children, including exhibits focused on science, music, and language. This annual event typically occurs during the spring, but was pushed to December this year due to construction on Scottsdale Mall.
The Friends also solicited donations for our 2020 fundraising project, expansion of the children’s story time room at Civic Center Library. If you’d like to help with this effort, please consider a tax-deductible donation.
The Friends’ recent fundraising effort, the Scottsdale Heritage Connection, was profiled in a recent articles in the Scottsdale Independent and Scottsdale Progress.
The Independent article interviewed Library staff as well as the Scottsdale Charros, one of the donors to the SHC project. It also highlighted additional fundraising efforts by the Friends, including the Books2Go micro libraries.
The Progress article focused on the May City Council meeting where the Scottsdale Library approved of naming rights for the interior space for the Messinger Family.
Both articles included construction images of the SHC space in Civic Center Library.
If the links to the articles no longer work, you can also access screenshots from the Independent and Progress websites.
If you like great food, delicious cocktails and excellent views of the Arizona desert, you can enjoy all of that while supporting the Scottsdale Library during Thursdays in May.
The Friends are the official nonprofit partner for Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch‘s Community Thursday program. This means five percent of all sales at Bar Six40 and Kitchen West on Thursdays (after 4pm) next month will be donated to the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library.
The Friends will be designating any money raised to the Scottsdale Heritage Connection, which is a fundraiser to build a permanent exhibit at Civic Center Library to showcase all of Scottsdale’s written and photographic history.
To participate, all you need to do is enjoy a delicious meal at either Bar Six40 or Kitchen West during any of the five Thursdays in May 2018. You don’t need to mention the Friends or Scottsdale Library, but the more people you bring, the more money we raise.
Please spread the word and help us preserve Scottsdale’s history while enjoying happy hour or dinner and one of the last chances to dine outside until October.
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 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.
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.
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.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, simply take the following steps to participate:
- Visit https://www.tuftandneedle.com/?p=993dc660
- 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.
The 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.
Support The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library by grabbing some delicious food at the Scottsdale Portillo’s on Tuesday, March 7 (4 p.m. – 9 p.m.).
Portillo’s brings a taste of Chicago to the desert. Serving up delicious burgers, hot dogs, salads and more—it’s no wonder this Scottsdale restaurant has become a local favorite.
Mark your calendar for March 7, so you can enjoy dinner at Portillo’s while giving back to the community.
Then, just go to Portillo’s on that Tuesday. Let your server know that you are with the Scottsdale Library fundraiser. You don’t need to go into a detailed explanation… if you say Scottsdale Library, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about!
Why is it important that you mention the Scottsdale Library? For each customer who mentions us, we’ll receive 20% of the proceeds from that order. We hope to see you at Portillo’s on March 7. Tell your family and friends, too!
Details at a Glance
The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library & Portillo’s in Scottsdale.
A fundraiser to support library programs and services.
The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library fund important library programs and services.
Portillo’s, 10574 N. 90th Street
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Please remember to tell your server you’re here with the Scottsdale Library!
The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library were happy to support the Scottsdale Library’s 2nd Annual Ultimate Play Date.
Members of the Friends Board volunteered at the Saturday event and sold T-shirts to raise money for library services and programs. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table and purchased a T-shirt!
We are excited to partner with the Scottsdale Barnes & Noble for some fun events in November and December. The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library will be at the store on certain dates to help you wrap your holiday gifts. Plus, during the store’s book fair, some of your purchases will help us fund programs and facility improvements at Scottsdale’s libraries.
Here’s a rundown of the events:
The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library will be offering gift wrapping services on Monday, December 9 from 2pm to 9pm. We’d love to see you there!
The book fair will start on November 30 and run through December 8. All you have to do is stop by one of our library locations to pick up a flyer.
Present the flyer to the cashier when you make your purchase and a percentage of your purchase will go to the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library.
We’d also like to invite you to some special events taking place as part of the book fair. Mark your calendars!
The Scottsdale Barnes & Noble is located in the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center (10500 North 90 Street) in Scottsdale – near the corner of Pima Rd. and Shea Blvd.
If you can’t make it to the store, shop online from December 8 to December 13. Visit bn.com/bookfairs and use the code 1125123.