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Scottsdale Public Library
September 2023

Knowing & Growing Programs

Knowing & Growing Programs

Knowing & Growing is a series of programs for families that support the growth and development of young children. Visit to see a full list of programs. 

Books Can…©

(ages 0-4 / 45 min / six-week series) Books Can…© is a unique program that uses popular picture books, rhymes, songs and interactive activities to promote children’s social and emotional development. Registration is required and registrants are expected to attend all six weeks.

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - Oct. 18, at Civic Center Library

Stay and Play

(ages 0-5 / 90 min / six-week series) Children up to five years old and their parents will have the opportunity to explore, create and investigate during this six-week series of play-based learnings. Each session will also feature local resource professionals who address a variety of early childhood topics. Space is limited so please see a staff person prior to the start of the program to pick up a ticket which will be your registration.

10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14 - Oct. 19, at Mustang Library

Step Up to Learning

(ages 3-5 / 45 min / six-week series) This six-week series is designed to focus on children's approaches to learning, both socially and academically. Registration is required and registrants are expected to attend all six weeks.

10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19 - Oct. 24, at Scottsdale Family Resource Center

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board

(ages 12-17) Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members meet monthly to focus on what the library can do for teens by brainstorming teen programs and collections. TAB members receive service hours credit for meeting and projects.

Learn more about the Teen Advisory Board.

5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Appaloosa Library
4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Civic Center Library
5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Arabian Library
5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Mustang Library

Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance

This evidenced-based, award-winning program is designed to help older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase physical activity. Sponsored by the local Area of Agency, this eight-week workshop is designed to benefit anyone concerned about falling, who has had a fall in the past, or restricted their activities due to the fear of falling. Registration is required.

10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14 - Nov. 2, at Civic Center Library

Hometown Happy Hour: A Roundtable on Scottsdale Architecture

Hometown Happy Hour: A Roundtable on Scottsdale Architecture

Local architects Doug Sydnor and Ned Sawyer will discuss local architecture in this roundtable discussion moderated by author and community historian, Joan Fudala.
Light snacks and beverages will be provided. 

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Civic Center Library

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Get in Your Element this September by signing up for a library card! Did you know your Scottsdale Public Library card gives you access to not only physical materials like books, music, and movies but also museum passes, seeds, board games and so much more? Sign up for a library card today online or in-person at any Scottsdale Public Library branch. Already have a library card? Share the love and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to sign up for one!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun, early literacy program that challenges families with young children to read 1,000 books together before they start kindergarten. It is an independent, self-paced program designed to develop and encourage the development of a strong literacy foundation. By reading with your child every day or engaging in early learning moments, you can help put your child on a trajectory for success with reading.

The program is free, but the rewards are priceless! Learn more and get started.

Sci-Fi September

Sci-Fi September

Sci-Fi September is on Kanopy with films that explore the universe and beyond! Streaming films for free is fun and easy with Kanopy. Using a computer, mobile device or most smart TVs, watch major award-winning titles, world cinema including the best of the Criterion Collection, BBC and tv series, documentaries, classic Hollywood and more.

Tour the world, past and present, through hundreds of Great Courses. Keep the kiddos entertained with Kanopy Kids, which has Sesame Street, PBS and more just for them! Your library card will get you a world of entertainment.

Find more information on our Digital Library page.

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

All Scottsdale Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. See a full list of holiday hours here.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan – Shape Scottsdale: Envision. Plan. Play.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan – Shape Scottsdale: Envision. Plan. Play.

Scottsdale Parks and Recreation is launching its master plan, and we want to hear from you! The master plan will serve as a blueprint for department planning, projects, priorities and structure over the next 10+ years. As Scottsdale residents, your input and feedback are the most crucial part of this process. What new programs or amenities do you want to see? How can we improve our parks or processes? Over the next year, we will be collecting information and community input, assessing future needs and benchmarking with other agencies across the nation.

Visit the master plan website to fill out our survey, comment on our interactive map and learn more about the process.

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