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Scottsdale Public Library
January 2023

Library Director Update

Greetings valued library patrons,

Scottsdale Public Library is looking forward to a bright 2023 and we can't wait for you and your family and friends to benefit from the dedicated service we enjoy providing to the community.

As we prepare for the opportunities of a new year, I’d like to share a few significant topics facing public libraries today.

Banned books and challenges to library collections is an area that has gained momentum in some areas of our country. Most of these challenges are relative to LGBTQ+ material and library displays. Scottsdale Public Library follows the Library Bill of Rights, recognizing that freedom of access is fundamental in public library service.

Circulation trends in public libraries are in flux because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Library leadership is paying close attention to the data, what library patrons want and how they are accessing the collection either in person or through electronic resources. During the pandemic electronic use was up, but when library branches opened back up, the circulation of physical items surpassed electronic check outs.

The Scottsdale Public Library will soon launch an updated Strategic Plan that is forward thinking and action oriented. The library is thrilled to be welcoming back volunteers, and will continue its innovative programming, collection development and outreach.

The mission of Scottsdale Public Library is to "Put People at the Heart of Dynamic Library Services." The library team in Scottsdale is remarkable and prioritizes the mission in their day-to-day library work throughout the year. Each of the four library branches, Civic Center, Mustang, Arabian and Appaloosa, each offer something special for the community and at the heart of this library system is excellent customer service for all library patrons.

On behalf of Scottsdale Public Library, Happy New Year!

Kira Peters
Director - Scottsdale Public Library

Full STEAM Ahead with Scottsdale Public Library

Full STEAM Ahead with Scottsdale Public Library

Discover secrets of science behind your favorite fairytales, explore how aerodynamics work, and use your imagination to create and build with LEGOs!

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Appaloosa Library - LEGO Builders (ages 5 and up)
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Civic Center Library - Adventures in Flight (ages 6-12)
4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at Mustang Library - Once Upon a Fairytale (ages 6-11)
4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Mustang Library -Adventures in Flight (ages 6-12)
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Arabian Library - LEGO Builders (ages 5 and up)

Free Art Workshops at Scottsdale Public Library

Free Art Workshops at Scottsdale Public Library

Enjoy free art workshops presented by Scottsdale Artists' School. All materials are provided; space is limited.

1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Civic Center Library - Comic Book Drawing (ages 8-12)
3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Civic Center Library - Anime Ink (ages 12-18)
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Arabian Library - Pen & Ink (ages 10-18)
1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Mustang Library - Anime & Manga (ages 10-18)

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

It all starts with a bean! Dive into the world of Craft Chocolate and see what it takes to make everyone's favorite sweets. Brought to you by Zak’s Chocolate.

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Arabian Library
5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 at Mustang Library

Exploring the New Hollywood in Cinema

Exploring the New Hollywood in Cinema

Take a look at how filmmaking evolved after relaxed censorship and rating systems gave filmmakers freedom to explore new subject matter and styles of cinematic expression in this free 8-session weekly class. Discussions and screenings each week; all films are recommended for mature audiences.

The New Hollywood
When: 3 p.m. Mondays Jan. 23 - March 20
Where: Civic Center Library
Location: 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

The Savvy Streamer

The Savvy Streamer

Tired of paying for online subscriptions for streaming movies, music, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers? The average American pays HUNDREDS of dollars in monthly subscriptions each year. Save your money while enjoying high quality online services. Let our library experts show you how your library card does it all - for free! Registration is required.

The Savvy Streamer
When: 1 - 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19
Where: Appaloosa Library
Location: 7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Birdies for Charity

Join the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library

In partnership with Thunderbird Charities, The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library is once again participating in Birdies for Charity. This fundraiser works just like a walk-a-thon, where you pledge a fixed amount (e.g. $.05) for every birdie scored during the 2023 WM Phoenix Open from Feb. 6 - 12. In 2022, a total of 1,422 birdies were made at the tournament. This is a great way to support your local library as the Thunderbirds absorb all fees and provides a 10% bonus for donations once $500 is reached in pledges.

To make your pledge, visit and select Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library as your charity. Pledges must be made by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

All Scottsdale Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. See a full list of holiday hours here.

Scottsdale Super Season

Scottsdale Super Season

Get the scoop on Scottsdale Super Season. The city has partnered with Experience Scottsdale to promote Scottsdale Super Season – signature events that take place in Scottsdale through March, including Western Week, the WM Phoenix Open, Super Bowl LVII and associated activities, and Spring Training.

Get details:

Super Season Highlights:

  • Western Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 5): A full week of cultural events including the Parada del Sol Parade and Arizona Indian Festival. Old Town Scottsdale.
  • WM Phoenix Open (Feb. 6-12): The PGA Tour's most well-attended event followed by the nightly Birds Nest Music Festival. TPC Scottsdale.
  • Historic Old Town Scottsdale ESPN Main Street Tailgate (Feb. 8-12): This serves as the backdrop for much of the network's pre-game coverage of Super Bowl LVII. Main Street, between Scottsdale Road and Brown Avenue. 
  • Spring Training (Feb. 25-March 28): Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Scottsdale Stadium is home to the San Francisco Giants. 

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