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July 2014

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor will be speaking about his latest novel Act of War and will be signing copies as well. Mr. Thor also authored The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, State of the Union, Blowback, The Last Patriot and many other thrillers.

Reservations are required for this program, and can be made at any of the five Scottsdale Library locations or by calling 480.312.7323.

To get a copy of Act of War signed, you can get a ticket from the Poisoned Pen Bookstore at the event.

Saturday July 12 at 5 p.m. at Civic Center Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Reptiles of Arizona

Get up close and personal with some amazing local reptiles. Learn about reptile behavior, habitat, preservation and safety with a trained volunteer from the Phoenix Herpetological Society. Attend this program and earn 25 summer reading points!

Reptiles of Arizona

Reptiles of Arizona
July 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Mustang Library

July 14 at 1 p.m.
Arabian Library

July 21 at 2 p.m.
Appaloosa Library

July 22 at 3 p.m.
Civic Center Library

Summer Reading ends on July 26

A Novel research idea

Don’t miss your chance to read & win great prizes this summer! Log your hours as you read and once you hit 1,000 points you’ll not only get a FREE book of your choice shipped to your home, but you’ll also be eligible for other great prizes. There’s a program for every age group – learn more on our Website.

Summer Reading Program
May 29 – July 26

4th of July fun

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.




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June 2014

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

On June 20th we will be upgrading the technology that runs our catalog, online calendar and account system. This upgrade should be completed by June 26th.

During this time, some of our services will be affected. This includes:

  • The library catalog will be unavailable
  • Culture Passes will be unavailable for check out
  • Holds placed on items will not be filled during this time
  • You will not be able to place holds on library materials from June 10, 2014 through June 26, 2014
  • You will not be able to check out library items without having your library card physically present
  • We will not be able to issue new or replacement library cards during this time

Our libraries will be open regular hours. WiFi and Public Computers will be available for use as usual.
All digital downloads and databases will be available for use.

For more information, visit www.scottsdalelibrary.org/upgrade

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour

Meet Junie B. live and in-person! Junie will ride the Stupid Smelly Bus to the Civic Center Library on June 6th. Fans will enjoy Junie B.'s hilarious antics through live theatrical performances based on the bestselling Junie B. Jones series. Events will also include cool Junie B. giveaways, and an official "book stamping." Come along for the ride!

Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour

Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour
Friday, June 6 at 5 p.m.
Civic Center Library

Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat's Love

A Novel research idea

Veterinarian, Dr. Kristen Nelson returns to present the 2nd book in her Coated With Fur series based on the heartwarming stories of her pet patients and the incredible human/animal bond. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat's Love
Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Civic Center Library

Shop at the Library Shop

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Learn more about donating to the Library

Learn more about donating to the Library



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May 2014

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Don’t miss the latest art exhibit at The Gallery@TheLibrary – Camp Dreamtree!

Kids of all ages are invited to become Dream Scouts who pledge their love of books, nature, curiosity, and the utmost respect for wonder.

May 15 – July 31, 2014
Civic Center Library

Join us for a free Opening Celebration – complete with refreshments and a free bandana.

Camp Dreamtree Opening Celebration
Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Vintage Book Sale & Antique Appraisals

Visit our Vintage Book Sale, and then get your antique appraised, for free! The book sale, benefiting the Scottsdale Library Shops, will feature editions from the mid to early 20th century and older.

The following antique appraisals will be for the first 40 registered participants, one item per person, excluding guns, fine jewelry, coins and/or stamps. Everyone is welcome to come and learn what makes an heirloom pricy or priceless.

Vintage Book Sale
Wednesday, May 21 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Civic Center Library

Antique Appraisals
Wednesday, May 21 from 6 -8 p.m.


Author Event: Charlaine Harris

A Novel research idea

New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris will be at Civic Center Library to discuss her latest book, Midnight Crossroads.

Ms. Harris is also known for her Sookie Stackhouse Series that inspired the HBO Show, True Blood.

Reservations are necessary (2 per person limit) and can be made online (link below) or by calling the library at 480-312-7323. If you would like a book signed, you must get a ticket from the Poisoned Pen. You can reach them at 480-947-2974.

Author Event: Charlaine Harris
Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Civic Center Library

Hey Diddle Diddle…

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Mother Goose Celebrates Children's Book Week

Mother Goose Celebrates Children's Book Week
Monday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Appaloosa Library

Wednesday, May 14 at 10 a.m.
Mustang Library



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April 2014

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Living in the Desert doesn’t mean you can’t have the Garden you want. Learn more out our Inaugural Garden Expo – Saturday April 5th at Mustang Library.

Edible Gardening – 10am
Harper’s Nursery: Growing Citrus – 10am
Waste Not, Want Not: Learn to Compost – 11:30am
Desert Gardening – 1pm
Xeriscape Gardening  – 1pm
Butterfly Wonderland: Grow a Butterfly Garden – 1pm

For more information, please visit: www.scottsdalelibrary.org/gardenexpo

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


New Exhibit: Civil War 150

Utilizing letters, personal accounts, and images drawn from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, this exhibition traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families.

Come to understand how people dealt with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.

Civil War 150

Civil War 150
March 31 – April 21, 2014
The Gallery@The Library
Civic Center Library

Teen Volunteers Needed

A Novel research idea

The library is looking for energetic and responsible teens, 14-17 years old, to assist with the Summer Reading Program and other special library projects in June and July.

Teens will earn volunteer credit, as well as valuable work experience. Volunteers at Mustang and Civic Center Library will be mentoring young readers this summer in our Reading Buddies programs!

Volunteer applications will be available in the library and on the website from April 1st to April 30th.

Apply Today!
Teen Summer Volunteers

4th Annual Mystery Writers Workshop

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

4th Annual Mystery Writers Workshop

4th Annual Mystery Writers Workshop
Sat / April 26 / 10 am / Civic Center



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March 2014

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Ultimate Play Date

Join thousands of other children, parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles and friends at the Scottsdale Public Library’s 2nd Annual Ultimate Play Date! There will be plenty of fun games to play, arts and crafts to make, live music & stories and a few surprises for everyone to enjoy. Various community partners will also be on hand with fun activities and information to share; including the Scottsdale Police Department, the Musical Instrument Museum and more!

This family friendly event is one of the few FREE events focused on children ages 0 – 8 years of age. We can’t wait to see you there!

Meet us at the Civic Center Mall on March 29th! Learn more: scottsdalelibrary.org/ultimateplaydate

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Spring Book Sale

Find some hidden gems at rock bottom prices at our Spring Book Sales! All proceeds go back to the Library to fund programs and services.
Happy Shopping!

Spring Book Sale

Spring Book Sale
Sat / March 8 / 10 am / CC
Sat / March 15 / 10 am / MU
Sat / March 22 / 10 am / PA
Sat / March 29 / 10 am / AP

Scottsdale Officer Impersonation Phone Scam

A Novel research idea

Recently in Scottsdale, residents have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be a Scottsdale police officer and demanding a fine be paid for a warrant, photo-radar ticket, or the like. The caller asks the citizen to purchase a “Green-dot” card to pay the fine and give the card number to the officer. Please know that the police will never call you asking for payment of any kind.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Scottsdale Police Department at
480-312-5000.

Click here for more information »

Fun with Math and Science

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Fun with Math and Science

Fun with Math and Science
Tuesdays / 10 am / MU
Mondays / 10 am / PA



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January 2014

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story
Elly Orrin tells of the years her family was in hiding in a small farm village in Amsterdam, with the aid of friends, beginning 1942 to the end of World War II. They spoke in whispers to avoid suspicion from their neighbors, whose home which was attached to their own, so as not to be reported to the Germans.
January 12 / 2 pm / Civic Center Library


Armed With Our Language, We Went To War: The Navajo Code Talkers
Laura Tohe, PhD and daughter of a Navajo code talker, discusses why the young Navajos enlisted in the Marines in WWII, how the code was devised and used and shares quotes and photos of the Code Talkers with personal family photos of Dr. Tohe's.
January 22 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center Library


Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage In the Holocaust
Author Marty Brounstein tells the story of the courage and compassion of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of at least 2 dozen Jews in southern Holland during WWll and the Holocaust.
January 25 / 2 pm / Appaloosa Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Shooting With Style

Join us to learn from the experts at Sailbear Labs about shot composition, focus, and other factors that can turn a boring video into one with ninja-grade awesomeness! Registration required.

Shooting With Style

Shooting With Style
January 11 / 1:30 pm
Civic Center Library

Knowing and Growing University

A Novel research idea

The Spring season of Knowing & Growing programs are here! They are informative and fun for you and your child, and you’ll gets lots of free stuff like helpful books and toys. Select when, where and a time that works best for you and your child. You'll be Knowing & Growing together!

Go to our Knowing & Growing Page to learn more

Prime Time Family Reading Time

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Prime Time Family Reading Time

Prime Time Family Reading Time
January 23 - March 6
Thursdays / 6 pm - 7:30 pm
(no program 2/13)

Tonalea Elementary School
6801 E. Oak Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257



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December 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

We would like to take a moment and thank you for all of your support this year. How did you support us, you ask?

You came to the library. You checked out books. You used our free Wi-Fi. You attended a program. You enjoyed one of our art exhibits.

You allowed us to be of service, however you needed us - and for that we are grateful.

We look forwart to another fantastic year as 2014 fast approaches. Happy Holidays!


- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Donate Food at the Library

All five Scottsdale Library locations have bins ready to be filled with food donations.

All food will go to Vista Del Camino who then distribute the donations to needy families in our community. Thank you for your generosity!

Vista Del Camino

Vista Del Camino
7700 E. Roosevelt Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Holiday Cooking Made Easy

A Novel research idea

Wow all of your guests with some tips from Executive chef Jon-Paul Hutchins of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

He'll have tips for bringing out bold holiday flavors, organization tips and contemporary cooking methods.

Holiday Cooking Made Easy
Dec 5 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Holiday Native American Flute Concert

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Celebrate the Season With Music

Celebrate the Season With Music
Dec 15 / 2 pm / Civic Center



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November 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, mainly in a setting inspired by industrialized civilization during the 19th century – and you can experience it this month at your library!

Here’s how:
Steampunk: The Exquisite Adventure
The Gallery @ The Library | Civic Center Library
Now through January 25, 2014

Steampunk Style
Teens – Create a wristband using recycled belts
November 6 / 2 pm / CC
November 7 / 3 pm / PA


Steampunk Design
Families - Stop in and make your own work of Steampunk art to keep.
November 23 / 3 pm / CC

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Storytime at the Railroad Park are Back!

Thanks to the beautiful weather, the Scottsdale Public Library will be hosting Storytime at the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park the first Tuesday of the month, through May 2014.

Come and enjoy silly songs and fun stories with other library friends. Look for us on the lawn, south-east of the carousel.

Storytime at the Railroad Park

Storytime at the Railroad Park
November 5 / 10:30 am
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

7301 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale Rd. & Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Scottsdale’s Military History and the Impact of Its Veterans

A Novel research idea

Join Scottsdale historian and veteran Joan Fudala as she discusses Scottsdale military history, highlighting not only what was happening in Scottsdale, but how Scottsdale’s veterans served their country and helped build their community.

See historic photos of vintage Scottsdale scenes, local military bases, and people from a bygone era in her fully-illustrated talk.

Scottsdale’s Military History
November 7 / 2 pm / MU

One More Thing

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Visit us today & find something else to check out!

Visit us today & find something else to check out!



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October 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini will be here to discuss her latest book, The Spymistress, on Sunday October 6, 2013 at 2 pm.

The Spymistress was inspired by the life of Elizabeth Van Lew, who helped construct the Richmond Underground Railroad as well as orchestrating escapes of Union soldiers from the infamous Libby Prison. You may know Ms. Chiaverini as the author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker as well as the popular Elm Creek Quilts series.

(Copies of her books will be available for purchase after the program by the Poisoned Pen Mystery Bookstore.)

Spend Sunday With Jennifer Chiaverini
October 6 / 2 pm / Civic Center Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Halloween @ SPL: Something for Everyone

Halloween Family Fun
Stop by the Library and trick or treat!
See our online calendar
for times & locations


Monster Mash
Scary movie & snacks for teens
See our online calendar
for times & locations


Is the Library Haunted?
Hear the report from a ghost hunting team who came to the library.
Oct 26 / 1:30 pm / CC

See all our Halloween programs

See all our Halloween programs

Edgar Allan Poe Presented

A Novel research idea

Inmates from a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane dramatize Poe's famously eerie poems, Annabel Lee and The Raven and, for wine lovers, the story The Cask of Amontillado.

You will be spellbound, and perhaps spooked, as Montresor himself, coldly confesses his crime 50 years after the fact.

Edgar Allan Poe Presented
Oct 24 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center

2nd Annual Teen
Employment Symposium

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

2nd Annual Teen <br />Employment Symposium

2nd Annual Teen
Employment Symposium

October 15 & October 16
9 am – 4 pm at SkySong
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(Scottsdale & McDowell Rd.)



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September 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Lee Child


Creator of Jack Reacher


#1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child will be at Civic Center Library on September 6th to talk about his latest Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back.

Child is the author of eighteen high-adrenaline Jack Reacher thrillers, eight of which have hit the number one spot on the New York Times best-seller list. In his latest novel, Never Go Back, former military cop Jack Reacher’s past catches up with him when he arrives in Virginia to contact the woman who is now in charge of his old Army unit.

Lee Child Author Event
Friday, September 6 at 7 pm at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library
(doors will open at 6 pm)

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Your Book Discussion Group Just Got Easier (and Cheaper!)

If you are interested in starting your own book discussion group or energizing your current one - then pick up a Talk and Tote at your Scottsdale Public Library.

Talk and Totes contain multiple copies of a book, and in some cases, author information, and discussion questions. Some even have a DVD so your group can compare the book and movie.

Check our current selection of Talk and Totes

Check our current selection of Talk and Totes

‘My Account’

A Novel research idea

Take advantage of all the options available to you via My Account – found on the library website. When you login you can:


  1. Reserve a Book

  2. Renew a Book

  3. Cancel / Freeze a Hold

  4. Pay Library Fines

  5. View Reading History

  6. Create Preferred Searches

  7. Write Reviews


....and more!

Go to My Account

The Life and Art of Vincent Van Gogh

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

The Life and Art of Vincent Van Gogh

The Life and Art of Vincent Van Gogh
September 14 / 1 pm / Mustang



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August 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

As librarians, we LOVE when our customers ask us for a book recommendation. We are the experts, after all!
If you aren’t able to stop in and ask us in person, we have made it super easy for you to find a book for you to enjoy. Here’s how:


  1. Goodreads Visit our Library Goodreads page.
    We have over 1,000 book reviews for you to peruse.

  2. Our Website We have placed various book lists on our site for your convenience. Look no further if you were searching for the NYT Bestsellers, Oprah’s Favorites or Staff Picks.

  3. Gimme! Our Gimme Engine is full of book recommendations based on what type of book you are interested in reading.

  4. Our Catalog: if you search our Catalog for “Library Staff Review”
    you’ll find over 1,000 books that have been reviewed by library staff.
    Use the facets on the right hand column to narrow your search.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Grow Your Own Veggies

Impress your family and friends when you show off your new vegetable garden! This program will help you select the right varieties of vegetables along with the correct soil mix for an abundant harvest.

Grow Vegetables in the Valley

Grow Vegetables in the Valley
August 15 / 6:30 pm / Mustang

ASU Rapid Start Up School

A Novel research idea

Are you launching a startup? Trying to grow your business? Raising funding for a new venture? Rapid Startup School can give you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed. Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or are just starting your business, there’s a Rapid Startup School class for you.

Learn more on our Eureka page

Free Music Downloads

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Start Downloading With Freegal

Start Downloading With Freegal



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July 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Last chance to win!This year’s Summer Reading Program ends on July 27th. There is still time for you to enter, read and win! Everyone, from babies to adults, who completes the program, will get a free book.
This year you sign up and enter your reading log online, so it’s easier than ever to participate. Learn more by visiting our site: www.scottsdalelibrary.org/summerreading

Once you have completed the program, stop into any Scottsdale Library location to get your free book voucher. It’s that easy!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Pirates!

Ahoy Ye Landlubbers! Pirates from the Arizona Renaissance Festival teach you how to talk like a pirate and share some tales of pirate adventure.

ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!

Pirates

Pirates
July 15 at 2 pm / Palomino

Luster Kaboom’s Funhouse

A Novel research idea

Phoenix / New York street artist presents his take on the carnival fun house! Interactive, trippy and drippy, Luster Kaboom’s painting style will envelop visitors with an entirely new experience. Don’t miss this exhibit, that runs through July 30th.

Luster Kaboom’s Funhouse
April 22 - July 30, 2013
Civic Center Library Gallery

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relax!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relax!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relax!
Plastic Bag Tote
July 15 at 1 pm / Arabian

Papercraft
July 29 at 1 pm / Arabian

Shirt Folding Board
August 12 at 1 pm / Arabian



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June 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Summer Reading

The 2013 Summer Reading program is underway!


For the first time, registration is done online, making it easier than ever to get started on your summer reading journey. As always, there are programs for everyone, so get the whole family involved.

Learn more, visit our Summer Reading page: www.scottsdalelibrary.org/summerreading

Sign up today, and Happy Reading!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Free Magazine Downloads

We now have your favorite magazines available to download & keep forever, for free with your library card!

Zinio is our new service, and we invite you to take a look today and start your digital subscription. Magazines include O, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Readers’ Digest, Cosmopolitan and dozens more.

Zinio Magazines

Zinio Magazines

Eureka Loft is open for business

A Novel research idea

Civic Center Library’s Eureka Loft has been bustling with activity since it's grand opening last month. If you are looking for a place to network with other professionals, quietly work or attend informative business–focused classes, be sure to check out Eureka.

The Eureka Loft

Learn to Play the Guitar

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Guitar Club - (ages 13-18)

Guitar Club - (ages 13-18)
see calendars for dates and times

Tuesdays / 11 am / Civic Center
Tuesdays / 4 pm / Arabian
Fridays / 11 am / Civic Center



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May 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Relive the WW II Invasion of Normandy through the eyes of Retired U.S. Naval Lt. George Pillmore. He will speak on his experiences as the exec aboard US Navy LCT 614, one of a flotilla of small landing craft joining in the second wave of the assault on Omaha Beach.

He was there on D-Day, and in 2004 he was one of 100 vets honored as guests of the French government for ceremonies in Paris and on the Normandy coast commemorating the invasion.

Thursday May 23 / 9 am / Mustang Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Reading Buddies

If your child needs to gain confidence in their reading skills, then be sure to check out our Summer Reading Buddies Program. Teen volunteers will be on hand to encourage your child to read, as they use engaging tools and techniques to make reading fun.

Learn more about the Reading Buddies

Learn more about the Reading Buddies
The Reading Buddies Club runs from July 10th to July 29th,
and meets Mondays & Wednesdays from 1 – 3pm.

Collaborative Workspace now open

A Novel research idea

Eureka! is the new collaborative space open to the public at Civic Center Library. Created from a partnership with ASU, the Eureka loft is perfect for budding entrepreneurs to work with like-minded individuals. The library and ASU will host programs in the Eureka space to help foster innovation and provide free training. Come check it out today!

The Eureka Loft

Coming to America: Understanding the Refugee Experience

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Coming to America: Understanding the Refugee Experience

Coming to America: Understanding the Refugee Experience
May 8 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center



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April 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

On Saturday April 6th, you will notice that there are no youth programs taking place at the library. That’s because we will all be at Civic Center Library for the Ultimate Play Date! This free event runs from 8 am to noon, and features a concert by Grammy Award winner Bill Harley, eight play zones, police and fire truck displays, child safety seat inspections and an “instrument petting zoo”.

The best part? It’s totally free.

This event is geared to children 0 – 8 years of age, and every child that attends will receive a free book.

The Ultimate Play Date takes place from 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday, April 6, outside of the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

For more information, visit www.scottsdalelibrary.org/ultimateplaydate

See you there!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Get Rid of Your Fines – Donate Food!

Food For Fines is back!
From April 14 – 20th bring in nonperishable food items, and we’ll wave $.50 for each item donated.
All donated food goes to Vista Del Camino for distribution to needy families in Scottsdale. For more information about Vista Del Camino, please visit: Vista Del Camino

Food For Fines

Food For Fines
April 14 - 20 / all locations

Teen Summer Volunteer Opportunities

A Novel research idea

The library is looking for friendly, energetic and responsible teens between the ages of 14-17 to assist with the 2013 Summer Reading Program and other library projects. Earn volunteer credits and gain work experience. You can pick up an application at any of the Scottsdale Public Library locations. Applications are only accepted April 1st- April 30th.

Download an application today!

The Fantastic 5-Minute Market Chef

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Fantastic 5-Minute Market Chef

Fantastic 5-Minute Market Chef
April 11 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center



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March 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Don’t forget that you can download eBooks, eAudiobooks and music, for FREE, from the Scottsdale Public Library!

OverDrive has eBooks and Audiobooks featuring new releases, kids selections and an always available Disney Collection!

Learn about OverDrive

Axis360 has eBooks
for all ages!



Learn about Axis360

Freading features eBooks for adults and teens that are always available for checkout.


Learn about Freading

Freegal features Music
you can download and keep forever.

Learn about Freegal

OneClickdigital features Audiobooks for adults and teens that are always available for checkout.

Learn about OneClickdigital

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Teens…Spring Into Your Future

The Scottsdale Teen Employment Symposium is a fun and educational two-day event for Scottsdale teens, ages 14-18. Learn about college, career and finding your financial independence.

Meet employers and college & career professionals. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for teen participants. Earn service hours and win prizes!

For more information or to register, contact Sheila at (480) 312-7927.

Teen Employment Symposium

Teen Employment Symposium
March 12 & 13 8:30am – 3:30pm
Vista del Camino

Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience

A Novel research idea

Baseball enthusiast, Charlie Vascellero, will talk about the evolution of the Cactus League and its 6 plus decades in the Valley.

His baseball related travel stories have appeared in the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and for the San Francisco Giants Spring Training Magazine since 1998.

Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience
March 15 / 11 am / Civic Center

Eat What You Grow!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Eat What You Grow!

Eat What You Grow!
March 14 / 6:30 pm / Mustang



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February 2013

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

“Targeted Delivery-Destination Scottsdale, Arizona”
In 2004, a mail bomb was delivered to Don Logan, who at the time was City of Scottsdale Director of Diversity and Dialogue. Mr. Logan survived the bombing and has now written a book about his experience. He discusses dialogue remains as an integral function in leveraging diversity as a resource.

Don Logan “Targeted Delivery – Destination Scottsdale, Arizona”
Thursday, February 7 at 6 pm / Civic Center Library


- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Stupid Cupid

Who needs lovey-dovey stuff? Teens, come hang out and enjoy some snacks and anti-Valentine's day fun! No sweetheart needed.

Stupid Cupid

Stupid Cupid
Feb 11 at 3 pm / Arabian
Feb 12 at 2 pm / Appaloosa
Feb 13 at 3:30 pm / Civic Center
Feb 14 at 3 pm / Palomino

Free Music Downloads

A Novel research idea

Aerosmith, Beyonce, Adele, Kenny Chesney, One Direction, Ke$ha, Neil Diamond, The Fray, Carrie Underwood, P!nk, classical music and more… we offer tens of thousands of songs that you can download and keep from Freegal! All you need is your library card to get started – visit Freegal today!

Learn more about Freegal

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Feb 26 at 4 pm / Civic Center
Feb 26 at 4 pm / Mustang
Mar 4 at 4 pm / Palomino
Mar 7 at 4 pm / Appaloosa



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January 2013

Find your calling this yearRita Hamilton, Library Director

Whether you are a seasoned professional looking for a new job, or are still in high school and aren’t sure exactly what you want to do with your life, the Library has you covered.

Teens, meet staff from East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). Find out how to start your career while you’re in high school! You’ll meet professionals from a variety of careers while you enjoy giveaways and refreshments.

EVIT
Wednesday, January 16 at 1 pm / Civic Center Library
Thursday, February 7 at 2:30 pm / Palomino Library


- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


See a Play at the Library

Help your little ones discover the fun of the theater. Students from Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain High School will perform a short play based on the book, Giraffes Can’t Dance.

Children’s Theater Project

Children’s Theater Project
Jan 16 at 1 pm / Palomino
Jan 17 at 4 pm / Appaloosa

Need help downloading eBooks?

A Novel research idea

We have brand new collaborative classes to help you learn how to use our five different eLending services. Come and join staff & fellow users to find solutions. Don’t forget to bring your eReader with you.

eBook Collaborative Workshops
See our online calendar of events for program times & locations

Teens, now is the time to get rid of your Digital Dirt

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Digital Dirt

Digital Dirt
Jan 17 at 3 pm / Palomino
Jan 29 at 3:30 pm / Civic Center
Feb 5 at 5 pm / Appaloosa



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December 2012

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Tis’ the season for gifts – both giving and receiving. If a new tablet or eReader is on your list of ‘must haves’, don’t forget that you can fill up your new toy with eBooks, eAudiobooks and music, for FREE, with downloads from the Scottsdale Public Library!

OverDrive has eBooks and Audiobooks featuring new releases, kids selections and an always available Disney Collection!

Learn about OverDrive

Axis360 has eBooks
for all ages!



Learn about Axis360

Freading features eBooks for adults and teens that are always available for checkout.


Learn about Freading

Freegal features Music
you can download and keep forever.

Learn about Freegal

OneClickdigital features Audiobooks for adults and teens that are always available for checkout.

Learn about OneClickdigital


For more information, visit our new ‘Free’ page at www.scottsdalelibrary.org/free »

All you need is a Scottsdale Library card to get started. Don’t forget, any resident of Maricopa County can get a Scottsdale Library card, for free! Get your card today!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Crafts for Book Lovers

If you need holiday decorations to keep for yourself or give as a gift, head on over to the library to learn to repurpose books into a unique holiday crafts. We’ll showcase the various library resources we have to jumpstart your crafting creativity and make a simple craft to take home.

Crafts for Book Lovers

Crafts for Book Lovers
Dec 6 / 6 pm / Arabian
Dec 12 / 6 pm / Mustang
Dec 13 / 3 pm / Appaloosa

The Nutcracker comes to SPL

A Novel research idea

What fun! Your little ones will visit with the Sugar Plum Fairy, dance with the snowflakes and march like soldiers to battle the Mouse King! Dress your little boy or girl in their favorite dance gear or other comfortable clothes and enjoy this favorite seasonal program.

The Nutcracker
Dec 4 / 10:30 am / Appaloosa
Dec 10 / 10:30 am / Arabian

Schools out – come game @ the Library

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Winter Breakout

Winter Breakout
Dec 26 / 2 pm / CC
Dec 27 / 2 pm / CC
Jan 2 / 2 pm / CC
Jan 3 / 2 pm / CC



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November 2012

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Hors d'oeuvres and More With Chef Jon-Paul
Holiday parties are fast approaching – be prepared & dazzle your guests with your culinary skills. Chef Jon-Paul, lead instructor at the Scottsdale’ Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, will be at Civic Center Library on November 14th to teach you how to create scrumptious hors d’oeuvres & appetizers.
Nov 14 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Don't forget our print and online cookbooks!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Guitar Club

(ages 10-18) Sign up today and learn warm-up techniques, tuning, posture, basic chords and how to play simple songs on a guitar. No prior experience is required, and guitars are supplied.
Program brought to you by the Phoenix Conservatory of Music with funding from the Scottsdale Cultural Council.

Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or call 602.353.9900 to register

Guitar Club

Guitar Club
Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
November 13 – December 18
Civic Center Library

Meet some Birds of Prey

A Novel research idea

Parents, bring your 6-12 year olds to meet some Arizona birds of prey and learn about their history, habitat and preservation. Presented by Liberty Wildlife.

Arizona Birds of Prey
Nov 5 / 4 pm/ Palomino
Nov 6 / 4 pm / Arabian
Nov 8 / 4 pm / Civic Center
Nov 12 / 2 pm / Mustang
Nov 15 / 4 pm / Appaloosa

A Cowboy Christmas

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

A Cowboy Christmas

A Cowboy Christmas
Nov 27 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center



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October 2012

Computer Upgrades will affect service on October 10, 2012Rita Hamilton, Library Director

On October 10th, 2012, the computer system that powers the Scottsdale Library will undergo a major upgrade.

You will be able to check in and check out materials and our Wi-Fi and Public Computers will be accessible as usual.

The services listed below will be unavailable:

  • The Library Website

  • The Library Catalog

  • Online Calendar of Events

  • eBook, eAudiobook and Music downloads

  • Research Databases

  • Culture Passes

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will do our best to have the upgrade completed quickly in order to restore full services as soon as possible.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Listen Up! A Community Conversation on Civility

Now more than ever there is a focus on civility in our society. What is civility? How can we, as a community, change the tone of conversations to enact positive change? If you are interested in learning more, then please join us for a spirited conversation, led by locally recognized leaders. This program is part of the 2012/2013 Cross Cultural Communication Series.

Listen Up!

Listen Up!
October 15 from 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Civic Center Library

Teen Read Week: October 14 – October 20

A Novel research idea

We dare teens to read for the fun of it during Teen Read Week! Take a photo of where or what you dare to read during Fall Break. We’ll award gift cards for the most creative pics, so be sure to include your name and phone number. Text photos to (480) 993-4356 or drop them off at any Scottsdale Library location.


Details at
www.scottsdalelibrary.org/teens

Calling all Ghosts, Goblins and other Characters

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Halloween Family Fun

Halloween Family Fun
October 25 / 6 pm / Civic Center
October 25 / 6 pm / Palomino
October 27 / 4 pm / Mustng
October 29 / 5:30 pm / Appaloosa
October 29 / 6:30 pm / Arabian



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September 2012

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Author Event & Signing:
Creating Love for a Lifetime: The 5 C’s to a Successful Marriage

Kathy Infeld, MSNc, is the author of Creating Love for a Lifetime: The 5 C's to a Successful Marriage. This interactive discussion about key elements of successful relationship will help you learn to create your own love for a lifetime.

September 11 at 6 pm @ Mustang Library


- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


FREE Homework Help

The school year is already in full swing. If your students need a little help with their homework - bring them to the library. We can show them how to use our digital resources for those late night assignments and how to select the best books for school or just for fun. For more information, call (480) 312-7050.

Free Homework help

Free Homework help
Arabian Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Civic Center Library
Wednesdays (Beginning 9/12)
3:30 – 5 pm

Download something new today!

A Novel research idea

The Scottsdale Library has five ways you can enjoy digital content. No matter if you prefer eBooks, eAudiobooks or music - we have you covered. The best news? All of these services are FREE! All you need is your Scottsdale Library card & PIN number.
If you have questions about our digital downloads, please visit www.scottsdalelibrary.org/free, and you can ‘learn more’ about each service. We have uploaded various tutorials, videos & FAQs to make your downloading experience a breeze. What are you waiting for? Start downloading today!

Free e-Services at Your Library

Knowing & Growing kicks off 2nd Year

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Knowing & Growing at the Library

Knowing & Growing at the Library



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August 2012

Creating a Digital HistoryRita Hamilton, Library Director

Do you want to know more about preserving your family, community group, or company history in a digital format?

Attend our one of our History Expos to learn tips and techniques for digitizing materials and organizing collections. We will also share ideas how to create, find, and use digital content for family and community activities, school reports and in the classroom.

Community History Expo
August 16 at 10 am-11 am / Civic Center Library
August 16 at 4 pm-5 pm / Civic Center Library
August 16 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm / Civic Center Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


We are looking for a few good teens

Teens, become a member of the library’s Teen Advisory Board and help make a difference. Meet monthly with other teens and brainstorm projects, programs and materials to help make the library a better place. Earn service hours credit for meetings and special projects. Ages 12-18 are welcome to join at any of our branches. We hope to see you there!

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board
August 9 / 4 pm / Civic Center
August 21 / 3 pm / Palomino
August 30 / 5 pm / Appaloosa
September 6 / 4:30 pm / Mustang
September 10 / 5 pm / Arabian

Bring the whole family out for a Summer Family Read Aloud!

A Novel research idea

Join us for some family fun, as library staff presents a Family Read Aloud night! You & your family will enjoy a live story performance, songs and nursery rhymes. What better way to beat the heat and spend some time together?

Summer Family Read Aloud!
August 16 at 4 pm / Appaloosa

Get FREE Job Help at SPL

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.


Job Help Hub Computer Lab »

Resume Instruction Workshop »

Job Search in the 21st Century »



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July 2012

Downloading at your LibraryRita Hamilton, Library Director

The Scottsdale Library now has five different ways you can borrow an eBook, a new Audiobook service, and Freegal is still available for you to download some of your favorite songs – to keep! As always, these services are FREE. All you need is a Scottsdale Library card to get started.

OverDrive has eBooks and Audiobooks featuring new releases, kids selections and an always available Disney Collection!

Learn about OverDrive

Axis360 has eBooks
for Teens and Kids!



Learn about Axis360

Freading features eBooks for adults and teens that are always available for checkout.


Learn about Freading

Freegal features Music
you can download and keep forever.

Learn about Freegal

OneClickdigital features Audiobooks for adults and teens that are always available for checkout.

Learn about OneClickdigital



  For more information, visit our new ‘Free’ page at www.scottsdalelibrary.org/free »

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


A Vet’s Life

Coated With Fur, a book by veterinarian Kristen Nelson, celebrates the bond between humans and animals. This book chronicles her triumphs and trials from the opening of her first practice and the inspiring stories of cats, dogs and exotic animals she has treated and loved. Join us a Kristen shares her experiences, and warms your heart.

Coated With Fur: A Vet's Life

Coated With Fur: A Vet's Life
July 10 at 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Free Tech Classes for Teens!

A Novel research idea

Teens, don’t miss your chance to enroll in one of these exciting technology classes for a chance create content and learn valuable new skills.

Film Editing 101
Learn the importance of storytelling through film editing and Final Cut Pro basics. After arranging a storyboard, students will work with raw footage to assemble a short scene with the help of experts from Sailbear Labs.
July 11 & 12 / 1 pm – 4 pm
Civic Center Knowasis


Film Production Lab
Work with Sailbear Labs to produce a student script from the Phoenix Film Festival written by KReatIve Productions. Students will cast roles, create a set, break down a script, film, and edit during the lab.
July 23-27 / 1 pm – 5 pm
Civic Center Knowasis


Make Your Own Video Game
Learn the basics of game design using Game Maker software in this one day workshop. Work with professionals from Betz Software to complete your own game to take home.
Lunch will be provided.
July 14 / 10 am – 5 pm
Civic Center Computer Lab


July 21 / 10 am – 5 pm
Arabian Computer Lab


Close up with Cold Blooded Critters

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Reptiles of Arizona

Reptiles of Arizona
July 9 at 2 pm / Civic Center
July 17 at 10 am / Arabian
July 25 at 6:30 pm / Palomino
July 30 at 10:30 am / Appaloosa



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June 2012

Summer Reading is here!Rita Hamilton, Library Director


From now through July 28th the entire family can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and win great prizes!

Visit www.scottsdalelibrary.org/summer_reading for more information!




Kids
Enjoy storytimes, a magic show, a sing-along with Baxter from the Arizona Diamondbacks, or some Japanese drumming!
  • All kids who participate receive a free ticket to an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game!

  • All babies who complete the program receive a free board book!

Teens
'Own the Night' this summer with our Hunger Games extravaganza! Rock out at the 4th Annual Battle in the Basement! Participate in our Summer Reading Program, and you'll win prizes from Harkins, Sonic, Chipotle and more!


Adults
Do you like to relax and meditate or is Rock and Roll more your speed? We have programs for all interests. Sign up for our Adult Summer Reading Program and win great prizes!
  • The first 50 people at each branch to return their completed form will receive a free reusable book bag!

  • All finishers will be entered to win a NOOK Simple Touch™ and one of five gift baskets from Barnes & Noble.

There will be one winner of a gift basket per branch, and a grand prize winner of a Nook for the library system.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


May the Odds be Ever in your Favor during Teen Hunger Games week

Citizens, join us for crafts & competitions June 18th – 22nd.
Also, please bring some non-perishable food items to donate, as hunger is no game.

Crafts
Tributes gather to make wristbands.

Jeopardy
Duel to the finish in a game of trivia.

Create Your Own Panem
Draw or describe your own world.

Bows & Arrows
Make mini bows & arrows. An archery tournament follows.

Hunger Games-esque
Survival Movie

Watch a citizen’s choice survival movie. Snacks will be provided.


Meet Miss O’Dell

A Novel research idea

Chris O'Dell, author of Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with the Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and the Women They Loved, worked as an assistant and tour manager from 1968-1984 for the most influential musicians in recent history. Hear her riveting stories about an ordinary woman who lived the dreams of millions.

Meet Miss O’Dell
June 6 at 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Take me out to the Ballgame

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Diamondbacks Sing-Along

Diamondbacks Sing-Along
June 19 at 2 pm / Civic Center



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May 2012

Scottsdale’s Video Library is here!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Last year, the Scottsdale Library was awarded a grant to create a video library for our customers. The Video Library is now up and running, and is full of informative videos and nursery rhyme videos so you can bring our story times with you wherever you go.

More videos will be added to the Library each month, so be sure to check back often to see what’s new.

Take a look at the Video Library!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Books and Babies Celebration

Join us for a special baby shower for our newest library customers up to 1 year old and their adult caregivers. We will present a special storytime, learn about community resources from special guests, have door prizes, and enjoy yummy treats!

Books and Babies Celebration

Books and Babies Celebration
Sat / May 12 / 2 pm / Appaloosa

Those Arizona Women-From Saints to Sinners

A Novel research idea

From pioneer days to the present time, Arizona history comes alive with fascinating stories of Arizona women, from all walks of life, who have shaped our state. Presented by Melanie Sturgeon PhD, director of the History and Archives Division of the Arizona State Government.

Those Arizona Women
From Saints to Sinners

Thurs / May 10 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Raising Financially Aware Kids

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Raising Financially Aware Kids

Raising Financially Aware Kids
Tues / May 15 / 6:30 pm / Arabian



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March 2012

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Arizona’s 100th Birthday Party!

Join us on Thursday, March 22nd for Arizona’s 100th Birthday Party! We’ll celebrate the centennial with western-themed songs and activities. Local author Heather Smith will share her new children’s book True Tales of Tombstone, Arizona as Told by a Tortoise. You’ll also have the chance to learn about oral history interviews and become a part of the library collection yourself when you have your picture taken with Tad the Tortoise!!

March 22 at 4pm / Civic Center

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Civic Center Renovation Update

We are now in the final stages of construction for the Civic Center renovation. Here are some important impacts to services at Civic Center to note:

March 5 through 9 Civic Center will not have public computer access. Wi-Fi will be available.

It has been a while coming and we thank our valued customers for bearing with the dust and detours.

We appreciate your patience during this time! Please see our renovation update page for more information.


Family Concert

A Novel research idea

Kevin Roth, creator of the Tales of Wabby and My Quiet Times music series, will perform live singing a variety of children’s favorites. Mr. Roth is an award-winning author and performer who has written and sung music for the hit PBS/FOX television show, Shining Time Station, as well as for his Tales of Wabby productions. Registration Required! Sign up today.

Family Concert with Kevin Roth
March 20 at 10 am / Palomino
March 22 at 11 am / Appaloosa
March 24 at 10:30 am / Mustang
March 31 at 10:30 am / Civic Center

Stop Motion Movie Workshop

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Stop Motion Movie Workshop

Stop Motion Movie Workshop
March 7 at 1 pm / Civic Center



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April 2012

Rita Hamilton, Library Director

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Tail Waggin' Tutors

Your child can practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a dog. Some special four legged friends from Therapy Dogs International love to listen to kids read! Check our program calendar for various dates & locations of this popular program.

Tail Waggin Tutors

Tail Waggin Tutors
Please see online calendar for current program dates and times.

Earth Day Craft

A Novel research idea

Upcycle your plastic water bottles to a cool bracelet or wrist band! All materials will be provided.

Earth Day Craft
Tues, April 10 / 4 pm / MU
Tues, April 17 / 3 pm / PA
Tues, April 17 / 4 pm / AP
Wed, April 18 / 3:30 pm / CC
Thurs, April 19 / 3 pm / AR

Meet the Author of
Arizona 100 Years Grand!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Arizona 100 Years Grand!

Arizona 100 Years Grand!
Wed, April 18 / 10 am / AP
Wed, April 18 / 2 pm / CC

Teen Volunteers Needed

The library is looking for friendly, energetic and responsible teens between the ages of 13 – 17 to assist with the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Earn volunteer credits & valuable work experience.

Applications are available the month of April at any Scottsdale Library, or online at www.wired2go.net.

All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2012.


Food For Fines is Back!

The Scottsdale Library will waive 50¢ in library fines for every non-perishable food item you donate from April 9th – April 15th. All food items will be then donated to Vista Del Camino for distribution to Scottsdale families in need.

(Note: Even if you don’t have any fines, please bring by some donations as well – Vista is a great resource for our community and needs your support!)

For more information please visit: www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/Vista


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April 2012

Library Events for Everyone:Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Tail Waggin Tutors
Kids: Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Practice your reading skills by sharing a story with a dog. Some special four legged friends from Therapy Dogs International love to listen to kids read! Check our program calendar for various dates & locations of this popular program.

Earth Day Craft
Teens: Earth Day Craft

Upcycle your plastic water bottles to a cool bracelet or wrist band! All materials will be provided.

Tuesday, April 10 at 4 pm / Mustang
Tuesday, April 17 at 3 pm / Palomino
Tuesday, April 17 at 4 pm / Appaloosa
Wednesday, April 18 at 3 pm / Civic Center
Thursday, April 19 at 3 pm / Arabian

100 Years Grand
Adults: Meet an Arizona Author! Arizona 100 Years Grand!

Author Lisa Schnebly Heidinger has created a geographical, historical and cultural collection of the state’s best and brightest people, places and events during the first century of statehood. She will share her experience culminating in this masterpiece as well as her vast knowledge in the history of this great state.

Wednesday, April 18 at 10 am / Appaloosa
Wednesday, April 18 at 2 pm / Civic Center

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Food For Fines is Back!

The Scottsdale Library will wave 50¢ in library fines for every non-perishable food item you donate from April 9th – April 15th. All food items will be then donated to Vista Del Camino for distribution to Scottsdale families in need. (Note: Even if you don’t have any fines, please bring by some donations as well – Vista is a great resource for our community & needs your support!

For more information please visit: scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/Vista.)


Teen Volunteers Needed

A Novel research idea

The library is looking for friendly, energetic and responsible teens between the ages of 13 – 17 to assist with the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Earn volunteer credits & valuable work experience.

Applications are available the month of April at any Scottsdale Library, or online at www.wired2go.net. All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2012.


Who You Are & Why We Care

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.




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February 2012

Exciting February Fashion EventsRita Hamilton, Library Director

Consignment Shopping Secrets

Unlock your inner fashionista & learn all about the world of consignment shopping. The Scottsdale Library is partnering with the folks at My Sister’s Closet to teach you how you can find affordable, fantastic clothes and accessories for work, dress and play.
Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm / Civic Center Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

"And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed."
Come and celebrate the birthday of the man adored by adults & children alike.

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!
February 27 at 4 pm / Arabian
February 27 at 4 pm / Palomino
February 28 at 4 pm / Mustang
March 1 at 3 pm / Appaloosa
March 1 at 3 pm / Civic Center

Library Bingo – for adults!

A Novel research idea

Do you love reading books & playing games? Mingle with other library customers during this fun, free event. Enjoy refreshments and play library bingo to win some fun library prizes – and who knows, you may discover a new book to read!


February 24 at 6:30 pm / Arabian

Homework Help for Teens

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Homework Help

Homework Help
Mondays at 3 pm / Civic Center
Tuesdays at 2:30 pm / Arabian
Thursdays at 2:30 pm / Arabian



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January 2012

Resolutions? We can help you keep them.Rita Hamilton, Library Director

The Scottsdale Library wishes you a Happy New Year! Many people make resolutions this time of year, and no matter what you have resolved, we can help!

  1. Resolved to lose weight and get in shape? Then check out our vast collection of workout DVDs and books that will help you do just that!
  2. Resolved to eat healthier? Our cookbook collection will inspire you with countless healthy recipes.
  3. Resolved to save money? Learn to use coupons from some money-saving experts at one of our three Coupon Basics programs coming up.
  4. Resolved to quit smoking? You’ll find great tools, tips and motivation from these books.
  5. Resolved to ‘give back’? Volunteer your time or donate your old books, movies, CDs and magazines at any of our five branches! We are always looking for folks to help and items to sell in our Library Shops.
  6. Resolved to be more organized? Join us on January 25th to learn how to de-clutter your home & business from Renee Belisle, certified professional organizer. (January 25th, 6 pm at Mustang Library.)

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Teen Career Fair

Teens, there is no time like the present to start exploring what to do after high school. Join the East Valley Institute of Technology and SUSD for a career fair- highlighting how you can start your career right now! Free giveaways and refreshments provided.

Teen Career Fair

Teen Career Fair
January 25 / 1 pm / Civic Center

Learn about Frank Lloyd Wright & Taliesin West

A Novel research idea

Meet Olgivanna Wright
Join Indira Berndtson, as she speaks about Olgivanna's life as Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright, and her role as Co-Founder of the Taliesin Fellowship and School.
January 18 / 6:30 pm / Palomino

Frank Lloyd Wright's Winter Home
Join Jason Silverman, from the FLWright School of Architecture, as he shares A Year in the Life of a Student - the culture and history, past and present.
February 22 / 6:30 pm / Palomino


Go Day Tripping!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Meet author Pam Hait

Meet author Pam Hait
January 18 / 6 pm / 5th and Wine
7051 E. Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale



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December 2011

Holiday Sing-A-LongRita Hamilton, Library Director

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than an old fashioned holiday sing-a-long? The Scottsdale Library is excited to host an afternoon of singing and storytelling, hosted by George Sabo. George grew up in Alaska and has many Eskimo stories, reindeer tales and large playlist of songs for all to enjoy. This is fun for the entire family – song books are provided. Just bring yourself and your holiday cheer!

Saturday, December 17th from 3 pm – 5 pm
Civic Center Auditorium

For more information, please visit our website.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Holiday Crafts for Teens

Tis' the season for gifts! Teens, if you aren't done with your holiday shopping, you can stop by one of our Holiday Craft sessions to make a homemade gift. Materials are provided.

Holiday Gift Craft

Holiday Gift Craft
Dec 7 at 3 pm / Civic Center
Dec 13 at 4 pm / Appaloosa
Dec 14 at 1 pm / Arabian
Dec 15 at 1 pm / Palomino

Library Holiday Hours

A Novel research idea

The Scottsdale Libraries will be closed on the following dates in observance of the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays:


Christmas Holiday
Dec 24, 2011 - close at 5 pm
Dec 25, 2011 - closed
Dec 26, 2011 - closed

New Year's Holiday
Dec 31, 2011 - close at 5 pm
Jan 1, 2012 - closed
Jan 2, 2012 - closed

Holiday Shake Rattle & Roll is here!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Holiday Shake Rattle & Roll

Holiday Shake Rattle & Roll
Dec 13 at 10 am / Palomino
Dec 14 at 10 & 11 am / Civic Center
Dec 15 at 10 & 11 am / Arabian
Dec 17 at 11:30 am / Appaloosa
Dec 17 at 11:30 am / Civic Center



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November 2011

'Tis the Season to be ThankfulRita Hamilton, Library Director

Hard to believe another November is upon us, isn’t it? The Scottsdale Library would like to wish you & yours the happiest of Thanksgivings! We would also like to thank YOU, our wonderful customers, for allowing us to serve you for another year, all 1.6 million visits! We very much enjoy serving you & our community.

Celebrate the holiday with us at one of our Thanksgiving programs:


Flourishing: Achieving Happiness
Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, the founder of the field of positive psychology will share some of the key discoveries in his field. This informative session may help you to find ways to achieve
happiness & flourish.
November 9 at 6:30 pm / Arabian Library


Thanksgiving Family Fun
Celebrate Thanksgiving with stories, a simple craft and holiday fun.
November 16 at 6:30 pm / Palomino Library
November 17 at 4 pm / Appaloosa Library
November 19 at 10:30 am / Civic Center Library
November 19 at 10:30 am / Mustang Library
November 21 at 6:30 pm / Arabian Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Get your Game On!

Celebrate the 4th Annual National Gaming Day @ Your Library!
There will be electronic games & traditional games for the entire family to enjoy.

National Gaming Day <br />@ Your Library

National Gaming Day
@ Your Library

November 12 from 2 - 5 pm
All Library Locations

What is Taliesin West?

A Novel research idea

Learn about the many facets of Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home of Taliesin West, which is located in North Scottsdale.

What is Taliesin West?
November 16 at 6:30 pm
Palomino Library

The Singing Cowboy

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

The Singing Cowboy

The Singing Cowboy
November 10 at 4 pm
Civic Center Library



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Special Message

Scottsdale Road Construction may impact how you get to Appaloosa LibraryRita Hamilton, Library Director

The City of Scottsdale is beginning a series of road improvements to Scottsdale Road between Adobe Drive and Pinnacle Peak Road. This project is scheduled to begin on September 24, 2012, and will be completed in October 2013.

During this time, you will not be able to access Appaloosa Library using Silverstone Drive from Scottsdale Road.

Below is a map which shows a number of alternative routes to get to Appaloosa Library.

Coming from the South:
North via Hayden Road, and turning West onto Williams Drive. Then drive North on 74th Street and West onto Silverstone Drive, Appaloosa is on your left.

Coming from the North:
South on Pima, then turn West on Pinnacle Peak. Turn South on 74th Street, and then take a right onto Silverstone Drive, and turn West onto Silverstone Drive. Appaloosa is on your left.




We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the construction may cause.
If you have any questions or comments about it, please contact the Construction Hotline: 480.990.4444.

Appaloosa Library hours will remain the same during construction on Scottsdale Road.

If you would like to receive email updates about the Construction as it progresses, please email Elaine Mercado, at emercado@scottsdaleaz.gov to be added to the Construction List serve.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director



A Novel research idea


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October 2011

Halloween Fun for the FamilyRita Hamilton, Library Director

Halloween is fast approaching, and many of you are on the lookout for things to do that will get the entire family in the spooky spirit of the holiday. Don’t forget to take a look at what the Scottsdale Library has to offer:


Halloween Family Fun!
Calling all ghosts, goblins and other costumed characters – Stop by the library & trick or treat with us!
See our online calendar for dates and times


Fang Fest:
Get your fright on while we watch vampire movies & enjoy some monster munchies.
See our online calendar for dates and times


Finding Ghosts in Phoenix & Beyond
Ghost lovers & authors Katie Mullaly and Patrick Ohlde have researched haunted places in Phoenix. Hear the facts they present in their latest book, Finding Ghosts in Phoenix.
Wed / Oct 19 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Is the Library Haunted?
Sonoran Paranormal Investigators are here to discuss how they hunt ghosts & answer your questions!
Sat / Oct 22 / 1 pm / Arabian
Sat / Oct 29 / 2 pm / Palomino

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Author Event – A.S. King

Meet award winning author A.S. King, author of The Dust of 100 Dogs and the critically acclaimed Please ignore Vera Dietz. Don’t miss this chance to learn about her road to success.

Meet Author A.S. King

Meet Author A.S. King
Fri / Oct 7 / 3:30 pm / Palomino

Knowing and Growing

A Novel research idea

Parents, if you need help tackling toilet training, temper tantrums, meal time issues, as well as knowing the best books for your kiddos, then you should check out the Knowing & Growing programs at the Library. Ages birth to 5 years.

These programs, funded by a grant from First Things First, provide a wealth of information to help make your parenting life easier.

Knowing and Growing

Civic Center Library Renovation

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.




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April 2011

April Author events at SPL: Andrei Cherny & Jewell Parker RhodesRita Hamilton, Library Director

Author Event One: Andrei Cherny discusses The Candy Bombers


Andrei Cherny will be at Mustang Library on April 12 to discuss an incredible time in world history. During the Berlin Airlifts, a pilot began dropping candy to the children in Berlin. This small act of kindess changed the course of the war and most likely, the world. This incredible story is outlined in Andrei Cherny’s book, The Candy Bombers. This is a story you must hear for yourself!

April 12 / 6 pm / Mustang Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Teen Volunteers Needed!

The Library is looking for friendly, energetic, responsible teens between the ages of 13-17 to help with our Summer Reading Program. Earn valuable volunteer credits and work experience. Pick up an application at any Scottsdale Library or find them online at www.wired2go.net. Applications must be submitted by April 30th!

Teen Summer Reading Volunteers

Teen Summer Reading Volunteers

Read a Book, Take a Look…

A Novel research idea

...at the Heard Museum North Scottsdale! Explore how animals are depicted in Native American stories at the Library. Then, you will learn about the importance of our desert animals and listen to stories about these special creatures.

Read a Book, Take a Look…
April 5 / 10:30 am / Appaloosa
April 12 / 10:30 am / Heard Museum North Scottsdale

An Ethiopian Adoption Story

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

An Ethiopian Adoption Story

An Ethiopian Adoption Story
April 23 / 10:30 am / Mustang

Celebrate National Library week

Did you know that April 10–16 is National Library week? Take some time during this week to stop by your local library! Attend a program, browse the collection, or purchase something from the library shop – as all of these actions support your library. Use the below links to see what is happening at the library this month!

Adult Programs
Teen Programs
Youth Programs
Spanish Programs


Text Alerts are here!

Sign Up Today!

We are excited to announce that the Scottsdale Public Library now offers Text Alerts, which alert you via text when an item you have requested from the library is available, or when it is about to be due. How does it work?

  1. Sign into your account on www.scottsdalelibrary.org
  2. Modify your personal account: add your cell phone number, select the ‘opt-in’, and click ‘submit’
  3. You will receive a text asking for confirmation. Response ‘yes’ and you are all set up!

Sign Up Today!

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March 2011

Catch some tunes at the Library this monthRita Hamilton, Library Director

Music is in the air at the Scottsdale Public Library. Check out our upcoming programs where you can learn to play the guitar, get feedback on your musical endeavors, and listen to live music, at no charge, at the library!

Music in the Raw

If you are interested in fine-tuning your musical skills and gaining feedback from local musicians; don't miss Music in the RAW!
Music in the Raw
March 21, 6 pm - 9 pm at Civic Center Auditorium

Rock Band

The Scottsdale Public Library has partnered with Ear Candy Charity and The Phoenix Conservatory of Music to present two programs for youth & teens. Rock Band Basics is geared towards those interested in learning how to play the guitar, and Rock Band is for those who can play an instrument and want to be part of a band.

Rock Band Basics: March 23 – May 18 from 3 pm – 4 pm at Civic Center Library
Rock Band: March 23 – May 18 from 4 pm – 5:30 pm at Civic Center Library

For more information, visit www.EarCandyCharity.org/RockBand

Music in the Spring Time

The weather is perfect for an afternoon spent outdoors, enjoying some live music. Don’t miss the new Music in the Spring Time series at the Library!
Music in the Spring Time

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Haikou: China Sister Cities

The Gallery @ The library! Haikou: China Sister Cities exhibit features artists from Haikou, Hainan Province, China, which is one of Scottsdale’s Sister Cities. The exhibition runs through April 30th, and features a free oil painting workshop on March 18th. For more information, please visit the Scottsdale Library website: www.scottsdalelibrary.org/events/exhibitions

Below: The Breeze by Chen Xuebo

Haikou: China Sister Cities

Haikou: China Sister Cities
March 7 - April 30, 2011

Give Some Kindness! April 10 - 16

A Novel research idea

The Scottsdale Libraries will be collecting food donations for Vista Del Camino from April 10th – 16th. As a way to say ‘thank you’ for your donation, we will take $.50 off any of your library fines for each food item you donate! Vista Del Camino is in need of healthy food items that are high in protein or nutritional value such as: peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned meats, canned fruits or juice and boxed cereal or oatmeal.

Food for Fines
April 10 - April 16
all locations

Meet a Police Officer!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Meet a Police Officer

Meet a Police Officer
March 23 / 3:30 pm / Arabian
March 26 / 10:30 am / Civic Center
March 30 / 4 pm / Palomino



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May 2011

Did you know that next year’s budget may impact you?Rita Hamilton, Library Director

For forty years I have worked in libraries, and most recently I have had the distinct honor of delivering library services to the citizens of Scottsdale and surrounding communities. The success of Scottsdale Public Library comes from supporting the lifelong learning needs of all members of the community. Over 70% of Scottsdale residents use our libraries regularly, and we take great pride in providing excellent customer service to every person that walks through our doors.

As you know, Scottsdale is not immune to the recession that the country currently faces. Due to a budget shortfall, City leaders are searching for a way to cut the budget in a way that least impacts citizens. The Library has scrutinized the performance of every expenditure, every hour open, and every service. It has been a difficult time for us all.

A current Library proposal to City Council includes a reduction in hours at all libraries. To see the full list of proposed reductions as well as upcoming council meetings, please visit our budget page found at www.scottsdalelibrary.org/main/budget.

These are very difficult choices and we know how much this community values the library services we deliver. If you want to make a comment about these proposed changes, contact us by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thank you for your continued support,

Rita Hamilton
Director, Scottsdale Public Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


ZAP! POW! BAM! Comes to the The Gallery

ZAP! POW! BAM! is the latest installment at the Gallery @ The Library, opening to the public on May 21st. This exhibit features a drawing studio and a newsstand offering FREE comic books. Interactive stations allow children to dress up as Super Heroes or transform themselves via a quick costume change in a costume booth. Come and see it for yourself!

ZAP! POW! BAM!

ZAP! POW! BAM!
May 21 - September 2, 2011

Teens, Get a Job this summer!

A Novel research idea

Learn how to find a job and earn some extra cash this summer. Expert Sheila Williams from the City’s Teen Employment Program will work with teens to get them ready to get a job this summer. All materials are provided!

Get a Job!
May 18 / 4pm / Arabian Library

Check out a Storytime for your kids

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.


Have fun while supporting the Library!

Authors & Appetizers 2011Mix and mingle while getting the inside scoop from great Arizona authors, dining on delicious appetizers, and bidding on awesome silent auction items. You are invited to join the Friends of the Scottsdale Library at their annual Authors & Appetizers on Friday, May 20th, from 6 pm – 8:30 pm. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres by 5th and Wine, and a cash bar.

Featured Arizona authors include:

Diana Gabaldon
The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
Dr. Connie Marlano
The White House Doctor; My Patients were Presidents
Kathy Cano-Murillo
Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing
Marcia Fine
Stressed in Scottsdale
Donis Casey
Crying Blood: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
Rico Austin
My Bad Tequilla

Tickets are only $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Visit www.scottsdalelibraryfriends.org/events.html to pre-register. For questions, please call 480.312.2420.

Authors & Appetizers 2011
May 20 / 6 pm / Civic Center

Read! Play! Win! this summer at Scottsdale Public Library

Arizona Reads this Summer!

Summer Reading is BACK! Starting May 31st, stop by any of the Scottsdale Public Library branches and sign up for a summer of reading.

Youth:
This year the program is more exciting than ever! Youth under the age of 12 will receive a free voucher to attend a Diamondbacks baseball game when they sign up! Additionally, the prizes this year are collectable rubber ducks, including an Arizona Diamondbacks duck and an Arizona Republic duck.

Babies:
We didn’t forget about the babies! The Read to me Club is for children birth to age three. They too can complete activities and earn a copy of Eensy Weensy nursery rhyme and activity book.

Teens:
Teens, join the ‘You Are Here’ program this summer! By signing up at wired2go.net, you will be eligible to win tons of cool prizes like a Flip MinoHD camcorder, a year of Harkins movies & popcorn or be entered to win a $150 Westcor gift card.

Adults:
The Adult Reading program is also back, and in addition to receiving a Scottsdale Library book bag when you complete the program, you will also be entered to win some great prizes!

This is our biggest Summer Reading Program to date, so don’t miss a single day of it! For more details, please visit SummerReadingAZ.org

Arizona Reads this Summer!
May 31 - July 30

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June 2011

Are you signed up for Summer Reading?Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Scottsdale Library’s summer reading program is officially underway! The best part about our summer reading program is that there is something for the entire family! From birth to 100 years old, we have a program for every person, no matter their age.

Birth to Age 3:
Sign your little ones up and complete 12 of 16 activities to receive a copy of an Eensy Weensy nursery rhyme book!

Birth to Age 12:
Read! Play! Win! at the library! Read or complete activities and score a reading home run. You will receive a voucher for a free ticket to a Diamondbacks game when you sign up for the program, and more super cool prizes as you complete the program!

Ages 12 – 18:
You are here! Stop into the library or visit wired2go.net to start earning your prizes! Complete the program to win dinner at Chipotle and a chance for gift cards up to $150, or one of two Flip cams!

Ages 18 – 100:
Scottsdale Reads! Sign up today and complete six activities to get a free Scottsdale Library book bag, as well as be entered to win a two night stay at the Marriott Courtyard located at Frank Lloyd Wright and Bell Road in north Scottsdale!

All of these programs end on July 30th, so sign up today!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…..

Who is your favorite comic book hero? Do you remember the first time you read about his or her adventures in a crisp new comic book? Then you can’t miss Zap! Pow! Bam! at the Gallery @ The Library! This exhibit features a drawing studio, a news stand with free comic books, and interactive stations that allow children to dress up as Super Heroes! Don’t touch the kryptonite, and be sure to keep an ear out for the phone ringing to see if your superhero help is needed.

ZAP! POW! BAM!

ZAP! POW! BAM!
May 21 - September 2, 2011
Civic Center Library
Open during Library hours

Scottsdale Art: 60 years in the making

A Novel research idea

Did you know that for the past 60 years Scottsdale has been a mecca for artists from all over the country? Kathy Duley, from the Scottsdale Art District, will present the fascinating history of the evolution of art in Scottsdale.

History of the Famous Scottsdale Art District
June 22 / 6 pm / Civic Center

Giddy Up, partner! It’s Balloon making time!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

The Magical Balloon Making Cowboy

The Magical Balloon Making Cowboy
June 10 / 10:30 am / Palomino
June 10 / 2 pm / Appaloosa
June 17 / 2 pm / Arabian
June 18 / 10:30 am / Mustang
June 20 / 11 am / Civic Center

It’s a Book Exchange! (for more than just books!)

Summer Book ExchangeIf you have gently used books, CDs and DVDs that need a good home bring them to the Summer Book Exchange to swap with others!

The Scottsdale Public Library book exchanges will have everything from picture books to hefty tomes, movies and music. Here's a chance to share your favorites with others, or to make room for some new reads on your bookshelf!

All ages welcome, the more the merrier.

Summer Book Exchange
June 14 / 9 am – 6 pm / Palomino
June 20 / 10 am – 2 pm / Civic Center
June 25 / 12 pm – 5 pm / Appaloosa
July 30 / 10 am – 1 pm / Arabian
August 2 / 9 am – 11 am / Mustang

Your reading history & reading wishlist at your fingertips!

Have you ever wanted to see a list of all of the items you have checked out from the library? Or a list of all of the items you want to check out in the future? Then you are in luck!

When you log-in to your account (via the handy link on the upper right hand corner of the Scottsdale Library’s website) you have the option to keep a ‘reading history’. This will maintain a list of all items you check out, as well as the date. This information is only accessible to you when you log-in to your account. You can also create a ‘Wishlist’ of items you would like to check out in the future. First, you’ll need to create a list in your account. Then, as you browse our collection online, you will see a button at the top of the page that says ‘Save to my List’. When you click on that button, you will be able to save the item to your created list. It’s that easy! 

Get started today by logging-in to your account. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to Ask a Librarian.


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July 2011

What more can you ask for? Check out these Library services…Rita Hamilton, Library Director

There are various services and tools available at the Scottsdale Library that some of our customers may not be familiar with. They include:


  1. You can request an item for the library to purchase. If there is an item that you believe the library is missing from its collection, there is a simple form on our web site that you can fill out to request the library to purchase. It’s simple, and you will receive a response from the library shortly informing you of the request status. Look at the bottom of the Library's homepage and you will see a link that says "What Should we Buy?". Click that link to get started!


  2. We can borrow items for you, from other libraries. Is there a great item that you know another library system has, and you wished that you could check it out from your Scottsdale Library? Believe it or not, this happens more often than one would think. This is called an Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and you can read more about the process here.


  3. You can renew your items online, any time day or night. By logging into My Account, via the library web site, you can manage all of your reserved & checked out items and even pay your fines! If you are on vacation this summer and suddenly realize that you need to renew a book to avoid fines, simply login, click to renew your book, and you are all set!


If you have any questions about library services or would like more information, please do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian today!


- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Summer Book Exchanges

Do you have any unwanted books, CDs or DVDs? Then bundle them up and bring them to one of our book exchanges! Drop off the items you no longer need, and see what other residents have brought to trade. Pick up some goodies to enjoy! Any items not traded or selected will be donated to the Library.

Summer Book Exchanges

Summer Book Exchanges
July 20 / 10 am – 2 pm / Civic
July 30 / 10 am – 1 pm / Arabian
August 2 / 9 am – 11 am / Mustang

Feeling Crafty?

A Novel research idea

Teens, we have some great summer craft programs for you! Come to one of the following programs and create some cool items for your to keep.

Teen Craft programs
Magnet Craft
July 21 / 2 pm / Arabian
July 26 / 2 pm / Appaloosa

Duct Tape Design
July 21 / 2 pm / Civic Center
July 25 / 2 pm / Mustang

The Culture Pass Program is back!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Culture Pass information »

Culture Pass information »

Library Hours for 2011/2012

Find the library nearest you!Earlier this year, you may have heard about proposed changes to library hours of operation. The City Council unanimously voted to keep all library hours intact for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. This is incredible news for our community! Please be sure to stop by your local library and check out a book, attend a program, use the free WiFi, or use our many research databases!

Find the library nearest you!

Book Character Bingo

Book Character Bingo

Kids will love this bingo game! Rather than calling out “B-12” or “N-34”, kids will match the pictures of some of their favorite book characters to the Bingo Board. Parents and caregivers, please come and join in the fun while helping your little one play this fun game, which is geared for children ages 3 to 9.

Book Character Bingo
July 27 / 2 pm / Palomino
July 28 / 10:30 am / Mustang

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September 2011

September 11th - Ten Years LaterRita Hamilton, Library Director

It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Though the terror attacks happened many miles away, they impacted every single American and, arguably, the world.

It is important to remember these events and share our experiences with others. To that end, the Scottsdale Library has started a discussion on our Facebook Page. Look to the left column on the page and select ‘Discussions’ to join the conversation.

Additionally, we are hosting two programs presented by Donna Killoughey Bird who lost her husband, Gary Bird, of Tempe, on 9/11 as he was attending a business meeting in the North Tower. She will share her perspective from the date of the attacks to the present, and what it means to be an American.

We hope you can join us.

Remembering and Honoring 9/11
Tuesday, September 6, 12 pm at Mustang Library
Thursday September 15, 6 pm at Civic Center Library


Join the Facebook Discussion
www.Facebook.com/ScottsdalePublic Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


New Programs to Help Parents

Are you a parent or caregiver struggling with:

  • Toilet training?
  • Temper tantrums?
  • Mealtime maneuvers?
  • What are the best baby books?
  • Positive playtime?

Then attend one of our knowing & growing classes! Click the link below to learn more.

Knowing & Growing Programs

Knowing & Growing Programs

The Scottsdale Public Library Knowing and Growing program is funded by a grant from First Things First.

Looking for a good book? Just say, “GIMME!”

A Novel research idea

Get your smart phone ready!

Gimme is a new mobile book recommendation engine, powered by the staff at Scottsdale Public Library.

Just tell Gimme what type of book you would like, and it will provide you with a recommendation, complete with a library staff review! You can also reserve the book from your phone, so you can be sure it is ready for you when you come into the library.

Visit Gimme today & find your next read!

gimme.ScottsdaleLibrary.org

Get Prepared for College!

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February 2011

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

In 1961 President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in an effort to give people the opportunity to volunteer in countries all over the world. Join us to celebrate the Peace Corps 50th anniversary!

Past and present volunteers will share their vast experiences through YouTube videos, booths representing their host countries, and panel discussions. A documentary will be shown about Sergeant Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps. Booths and activities will be open from noon until 3pm. If you were or are a Peace Corps volunteer please come and share your story with us.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps!
February 26 at noon / Civic Center
March 12 at noon / Mustang

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Books and Babies Celebration

Join us for a special baby shower for our newest library customers up to 1 year old and their adult caregivers. Enjoy a special story time, learn about community resources from special guests, win door prizes, and enjoy yummy treats!

Books and Babies Celebration

Books and Babies Celebration
February 27 at 2 pm / Civic Center

eReader Classes

A Novel research idea

Scottsdale Public Library is the place to go to if you are interested in buying an eReader, or learning how to download a library book to an eReader you already own. Check out our various services and find the one that is right for you!


Overdrive 101 classes

Resources on our Website

eReader Clinics

1:1 appointments with a Librarian


Learn All about Autism

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Learn All about Autism

Learn All about Autism
February 23 at 6 pm / Mustang

Check out a Children’s Book & CD Package!

Look at the results here

Unleash the power of imagination with recorded books! Get a packaged book & CD to read along with your child. Take a peek at what we have by browsing the youth section or by looking in our catalog. You never know what you’ll discover! Use the search term Recorded Books Sound Reading Solutions when searching the catalog.

Look at the results here

Volunteers Needed to Teach Technology Class!

Are you tech savvy, good with people and interested in helping the library? Then we need you! The Scottsdale Public Library is looking for a few good volunteers to teach our OverDrive 101 classes at all five of our branches. Training will be provided.

For more information, please contact Ann Porter at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 480.312.7557.


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December 2010

Happy Holidays!!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Whatever your plans and wherever your travels may take you this month, the Scottsdale Library staff would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another great year of service, programming, community support and (of course) providing you with all the books, movies, music and resources you could want. Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Note: All Scottsdale Library Branches will be closed Friday, December 24th, Saturday, December 25th, and Friday December 31st in observance of the holidays.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


There’s a whole lotta’ holiday shakin’ going on

There will be Shaking, Ratting & Rolling for you and your kids over the holidays!

All Scottsdale libraries will host special programs between Dec 11th and Dec 18th for kids from birth – 5 years of age. Don’t miss these special holiday programs, created to keep your little ones grooving until the holidays!

Holiday Shake, Rattle & Roll »

Holiday Shake, Rattle & Roll »
December 11 - 18 / all locations

Shop like a Pro this year

A Novel research idea

Need help choosing which television or digital camera to buy this holiday?

Try the library link to Consumer Reports! Consumer Reports provides evaluations of products that you may be considering for that perfect gift! They help you consider what is NOT written on the box!

See Consumer Reports online »

Make a difference; donate to your library today

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.


Want to know what we are reading?

Goodreads at Scottsdale Public Library »At the library, we are often asked "what are you reading right now?" or "what do you suggest I read?"

If you have ever wanted to check out the reading recommendations of the Scottsdale Library staff in an instant, you can check out our Goodreads page (www.goodreads.com/ScottsdalePublicLibrary). On this site, you can browse through our recently read books and read our reviews. Goodreads is free to use, and allows you to keep a list of books you have read, want to read, or are currently reading. Take a peek and hopefully you’ll discover that next great read!

Goodreads at Scottsdale Public Library »

Scottsdale Library has your Most Wanted items

Learn more about the Most Wanted Collection »Feeling lucky? If so, check out the Most Wanted collection the next time you stop by the Scottsdale library.

This is a group of non-reservable and non-renewable new books and DVDs, and the only guarantee of getting one is pure LUCK!

Note: All of our popular titles can be reserved, so you can still get the newest titles. This new collection of items will help to limit the wait for the most popular titles. Stop in today and see what's available!

Learn more about the Most Wanted Collection »

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November 2010

Have you texted a librarian today? Or downloaded FREE music?Rita Hamilton, Library Director

We have been hard at work finding innovative and more efficient ways to serve our customers. Today we are announcing TWO new services available to all of our customers – and you can begin using them right now!

1. Text a Librarian

The knowledge of Scottsdale Library staff is now at your fingertips! Text your question and get an answer sent to your mobile phone. The service is FREE to your mobile device, however text message rates may apply from your cell carrier.
Try it today! Text a Librarian

2. Free music downloads

Freegal, a music downloading service, is now LIVE and ready for use! Every week, a Scottsdale Library card holder can download three songs from a HUGE selection of songs available. From classic oldies to today's hottest artists, you can get your hands on the music you want, right now from the comfort of your own home or office.
Click here to get started downloading today!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Romance at the Library

Join the 5th Annual Desert Rose Romance Writers Conference on November 20th at Scottsdale Public Library.

It’s free, and open to the public! Topics include structuring a novel, character and scene development, plotting and more! Conference workshops are presented by award winning authors.

5th Annual Desert Rose Romance Writers Conference

5th Annual Desert Rose Romance Writers Conference
Nov 20 / 10 am / Civic Center

For more information, please visit www.desertroserwa.org

Want to be a Rock 'N Roll Star?

A Novel research idea

Ear Candy and Phoenix Conservatory of Music have teamed up to launch a Rock Band Ensemble Program at the Scottsdale Public Library with funding from The Scottsdale Cultural Council and Scottsdale League of the Arts.  The program is open to ALL skill levels and will teach youth the essentials for playing and creating their own Rock Band!  This amazing free opportunity covers:

  • Rhythms - Basic & Advanced
  • Songwriting - Basic & Advanced
  • How to start a band
  • Evolution of Digital Music Making
  • Booking & Marketing
  • Careers to explore

Join Today!  The group meets Wednesdays at the Civic Center Library from 3:30 to 5 pm. For more information: www.earcandycharity.org/RockBand.


Can’t find it?

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.


Thanksgiving family fun!

Thanksgiving family fun!

(all ages / 30 min)
Celebrate Thanksgiving with stories, a simple craft and holiday fun!

Thanksgiving family fun!
register online today!

We need your help!

Take our online survey »

The Library is creating a mobile app and we could use your input! Take a few seconds to fill out a survey so we know what you want out of your ‘mobile library’!

Take our online survey »

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October 2010

We are the Best in Phoenix!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

We are excited and honored to announce that Civic Center has been named the Best Library in Phoenix by the Phoenix New Times! Here is what the New Times wrote about Civic Center:

“In a world of electronic communication, libraries are feeling the pinch. But Scottsdale Civic Center Library has figured out a way to move gracefully into the Digital Age while maintaining a healthy respect for the printed word. This airy, modern building hosts a broad spectrum of events, from opera-appreciation groups to an after-hours battle of teen bands. Charitable programs benefit local food banks while helping you work down your library fines. The courteous librarians give the impression that you are checking into a swanky Scottsdale resort, a feeling that continues as you settle into one of the many comfortable seating areas.
And did we mention that they have books?”

See the full article here »

Thank you New Times! Do you have any comments to add to this review or comments about any of our four other fabulous branches? You can either .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) them to us or leave a post on our Facebook page!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Books and Babies Celebration!

Join us for a special baby shower for our newest library customers. Children up to 1 years old and their adult caregivers are invited to a library baby shower. We will present a special storytime, learn about community resources from special guests, have door prizes, and enjoy yummy treats!

Books and Babies Celebration!

Books and Babies Celebration!
Oct. 17 / 2 pm / Mustang

Is the Library Haunted?

A Novel research idea

Is the Library Haunted? Well now you can find out! Sonoran TAPS investigated the Arabian and Civic Center library branches, answered our questions and will tell us if the Library is haunted! This is a fun, family event that will show you the science behind ghost hunting.

Is the Library Haunted?
Oct. 16 / 1 pm / Arabian
Oct. 23 / 1 pm / Civic Center

eReader Revolution

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

eReader Revolution

eReader Revolution
Oct. 12 / 6 pm / Mustang
Nov. 6 / 11 am / Arabian
Nov. 13 / 11 am / Civic Center

Looking for some Resume Help?

OptimalResume.com

Are you working on your resume and finding that you could use some help? Look no further! Optimal Resume is a free program that makes creating a resume a breeze.  In addition to creating your resume, Optimal Resume also provides online interview training complete training videos and clear cut ‘how to’ videos.

OptimalResume.com

Martha does speak!

Martha Speaks

Join in a fun, read-aloud book discussion featuring Martha, the talking dog! These programs include simple crafts, activities and viewing episodes of the popular TV series. Caregivers are welcome! (ages 4-7)

Martha Speaks
Mondays at 3:30 pm / Palomino
Mondays at 4 pm / Appaloosa
Wednesdays at 4 pm / Arabian
Wednesdays at 4 pm / Civic Center

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September 2010

How do you use the library?Rita Hamilton, Library Director

One might assume that people come to the library strictly to check out books, use a computer or get help from a librarian. Not so! Michael Ashley, a Scottsdale resident, frequents the Mustang Library to do research to create Crossword puzzles that are then published in The New York Times and Washington Post!

“The Mustang Library is my home away from home, and it has been since 1993. I’m always on the lookout for funny ideas, silly sayings, clever clues or answers for puzzles, and any type of interesting or amusing trivia. Between my bouts of incredibly hard work there, I can wander the aisles and browse through whatever book or resource that catches my eye. I’ve even been known to run puzzle ideas and jokey answers by the ever-friendly Mustang staff. Staffers there have even pitched in with answers for crossword puzzle themes! Hey, try to name me another place where you’re going to find that kind of help!”

- Michael Ashley

Email your story to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or post it on our Facebook Account!
We would love to hear how YOU use the library!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Smart Chicks Kick It!

Come and ‘kick it’ with six fabulous female authors of paranormal fiction! Authors include Holly Black, Alyson Noel, Kelley Artmstrong, Melissa Marr, Sarah Rees Brennan and Kimberly Derting. Books by the authors will be available for purchase at the event through The Poisoned Pen Bookstore.  Read more about the authors here: Smartchicksaz.blogspot.com

Smart Chicks Kick It!

Smart Chicks Kick It!
Sept 17 / 7 pm / Civic Center

Learn about 'green' living

A Novel research idea

It seems everywhere you look you can’t escape the words ‘organic’ and ‘green’. Ever wondered what it means for something to be organic? Have you dreamed of starting a desert vegetable garden, but are not sure how to start? Did you know that Scottsdale is home to some incredible farms? Learn all about these topics and more this month at the Library!

Green Living Series

Yearn to be Certifiably Organic?
Sept 14 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center

Desert Vegetable Gardening 101
Sept 15 / 6 pm / Mustang

Love Grows Farms
Sept 16 / 6:30 pm / Palomino

'Mine' and the Animals of Katrina

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

'Mine' and the Animals of Katrina

'Mine' and the Animals of Katrina
Sept 28 / 6 pm / Civic Center

When the Water Came: A Katrina Elegy

When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina

The newest installment at The Gallery @the Library gives form and voice to the resourcefulness of individual evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, expressed through their own words and in the photographs of faces, rescued possessions and lost homes. Come see this collection of poems by Cythina Houge and photographs by Rebecca Ross five years after Hurricane Katrina came ashore.

When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina
Sept 10 – Nov 26 the Gallery @the Library

Lullaby Concert

Lullaby Concert

Do you enjoying singing lullabies with and to your children? If so, then you’ll love the Lullaby Concerts this month. Come and hear favorite classic lullabies as performed by a musician. Registration required for child only.

Lullaby Concert
Sept 14 / 6 pm / Arabian
Sept 18 / 11:30 am / Mustang
Sept 20 / 6 pm / Palomino
Sept 21 / 6 pm / Appaloosa
Sept 25 / 11:30 am / Civic Center

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August 2010

Do you love the Library? Don’t be afraid to spread the word!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

On July 20, NPR published an article predicting that Libraries will be the next 'cupcakes'; meaning that they will be the next big craze in pop culture. You can read the article for yourself here.

Of course, we at the library already know that we are far superior to cupcakes; however we do acknowledge that there are many in our community who aren't aware of that fact. Why not advertise how great the Scottsdale Library is by asking our amazing customers for help? Whether you come to the library to borrow books, for your children to enjoy a story time or to use free WiFi; we invite you to tell your friends, family, and peers WHY you love the library!

A little word of mouth can go a long way, and we at the library truly appreciate your help!

Image from What's New Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Kid-friendly databases make research easy

School starts this month. Book reports, research projects and homework assignments will be in full swing! Help your kids along in the research process by using the databases at the Scottsdale Library that are built for kids. Elementary students use Kids Search a great tool to find articles, and Searchasaurus is an easy to use database favorite. These are just two of the many databases that you’ll find one the Scottsdale Public Library website.
Check out the rest of our Kid-friendly databases today!


Don't be a 'Dummie'

A Novel research idea

From iPhones to quantum physics. From raising chickens to raising children. The infamous "Dummies" books give quick and insightful overviews about an overabundance of topics. Don't be put off by the titles – the library staff uses them to understand their Blackberrys and train their dogs. Just because you use them doesn't make you a dummy in fact, we think you'll be even smarter.

See our 'Dummies' collection and don't take the title to heart!

Stuff to do after school!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Stuff to do after school

Stuff to do after school
Mondays / 3 pm / PA
Tuesdays / 2 pm / MU
Tuesdays / 3 pm / AR
Thursdays / 2 pm / CC
Thursdays / 4 pm / AP

Sign up for care

One-on-one appointments

The one-on-one appointments available at the Scottsdale Library are unique. We pair you up with a specialist in your area of need for a 30 minute appointment. Just like physicians, we will doctor to your needs. Want to know about books for reluctant third grade readers? Want to know about the job market in Omaha? Just call or go to our website for setting up some specialized care!

One-on-one appointments
Phone: 480.312.READ (7323)

Read the WSJ, NYT & more online for free!

Newspapers online

Looking for a specific article you missed in the Wall Street Journal or New York Times? Can’t find it online?
Check out the newspaper resources the library offers! You can search for specific articles or you can read all articles in a certain edition. These databases are accessible from the comfort of your home or office, 24 hours a day!

Newspapers online

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August 2011

Back to School Resources for EveryoneRita Hamilton, Library Director

This month most Scottsdale students head back to the classroom to begin another exciting year of school! With the all of the hustle and bustle that comes with getting ready for the first day of school, it’s easy to overlook some of the library resources at your fingertips that make a student’s year even more successful.

  1. For a child that loves nursery rhymes, check out our online library of Mother Goose Rhymes!
  2.  
  3. Find book recommendations for your elementary child to read, check out our reading lists based on grade level.
  4.  
  5. For older students that wish to take Practice SAT, ACT, DSST, AP tests and more,
    they can do so for free via our Testing & Education Reference Center.

As always, should you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask one of your friendly librarians. We are happy to help!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Surf Safely

Are you up to speed on Cyber Safety? Learn from the Scottsdale Police Department about the latest in cyber fraud, bullying, social networks, and how to educate yourself and your teens on these hot topics!

Cyber Safety

Cyber Safety
Tues / Aug 23 / 6 pm / Arabian
Tues / Aug 30 / 6 pm / Palomino

"What, Me Worry?"

A Novel research idea

There is always something to fret about these days. Money, family, kids, balancing life and home, aging parents, health… the list goes on and on. You know, all that worrying is not good for your health! Take some deep breaths, and make the time to come and listen to Pat Duryea PhD, speak about worrying less, and living better.

Ask the Expert
Thurs / Aug 25 / 1 pm / Civic Center

Summer Reading was Just Ducky!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.




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July 2010

Top Five Reasons the Scottsdale Library Rocks this summer:Rita Hamilton, Library Director

  1. Why get out of your PJs? Browse books, CDs and DVDs online, reserve the ones you want, and then get an email when they are ready to be picked up.
  2. Late fees? Don’t sweat ‘em! Renew your books while you lay on a beach via Scottsdale Public Library’s website!
  3. Use our drive-thru returns and stay cool! Stay in your car to pick up your reserved books or drop them off!
  4. Before you travel, brush up on your Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Pashto, Korean, Urdu and more by using Mango, our free online language learning tool!
  5. Family in town and not sure what to do with them? Come to any of our five branches and enjoy a free, air conditioned program!

Click here to read more ways SPL makes your life easier! »

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


The Magical
Balloon Making Cowboy

Giddy up Cowpokes! Arizona Ric, the balloon making cowboy, tells stories while making amazing balloon creations!

The Magical <br />Balloon Making Cowboy

The Magical
Balloon Making Cowboy

July 19 at 10:30 am - Civic Center
July 20 at 2 pm - Palomino
July 21 at 2 pm - Appaloosa
July 28 at 11 am - Arabian
July 29 at 2 pm - Mustang

Summer Book Exchange!

A Novel research idea

Having a garage sale this summer? If you have lots of gently used books, CDs and DVDs that need a good home, why not bring them to the Summer Book Exchange to swap with others. We accept anything from picture books to hefty novels, movies and music. Here’s a chance to share your favorites with others at this free swap meet. All ages welcome!

Summer Book Exchange!
July 21 / 1 pm / Civic Center
July 31 / 10 am / Arabian
August 2 / 1 pm / Mustang

The Man Who Surveyed the McDowells

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

The Man Who Surveyed the McDowells

The Man Who Surveyed the McDowells
July 15 at 6:30 pm - Palomino

Build a Resume today!

OptimalResume helps job seekers find employment faster. This award-winning suite of online career tools helps job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online. And it’s available to you, for free!

See for yourself: OptimalResume


Are your kids ready for the school year?

Study Skills

August will be here before you know it, and that means homework, studying and tests. Help your children gear up for school with new study strategies for students ages 9-12, that will help make the most of their time!

Study Skills
July 28 at 3:30 pm - Mustang

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June 2010

Scottsdale Public Library and Teenagers; a Perfect Match!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

This summer, more than 160 teenagers are volunteering at the library! The teens receive customer service training and earn volunteer credit for the time they work. They’re spending their summer days handing out prizes to children and teens for the library’s Summer Reading Program and working side-by-side with library staff. Teens also assist with special projects and programs. This past weekend teens helped set up the library’s book sale, moving thousands of books from storage to the sale area. With their help, more than 8,000 used books were sold!

Summer brings in thousands of teens, ready to read and have fun at the library. Teens enjoy gaming, socializing and attending programs planned especially for them. Check out the website created by Scottsdale teens at www.Wired2Go.net where teens can connect virtually. You can visit the library in person or online. No one needs to be bored this summer.

Pictured above: Teens helping out at a recent book sale in June at Civic Center Library

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Martha Speaks at Mustang Library!

If you ask a child between the ages of 4-7 who Martha the dog is, they’ll jump with excitement as they tell you about one of their favorite book and PBS characters! The Scottsdale Library is proud to present a Special Programming Series featuring Martha, June 14 – August 9, 2010 at Mustang Library!

Martha Speaks
Read-Aloud Book Club

June 14 at 2 pm - Mustang
June 28 at 2 pm - Mustang

Watch an episode of <br />Martha Speaks and<br />hear from a local vet

Watch an episode of
Martha Speaks and
hear from a local vet

June 21 at 2 pm - Mustang
July 12 at 2 pm - Mustang

Moving Your Business Online with Social Media

A Novel research idea

Move your current business online. Learn the basics and what you need to know about LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, WordPress, Google Adwords, Adsense, and more.

Program presented by BoomersAZ. For more information, visit our website, www.boomerzaz.com
or e-mail us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 480 990-1450.

Moving Your Business Online with Social Media
June 15 at 6 pm - Mustang

2nd Annual Battle in the Basement

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

2nd Annual Battle in the Basement

2nd Annual Battle in the Basement
June 18 from 6-10 pm
Civic Center

Where the Wild Things Are at Civic Center!

Where the Wild Things Are

This interactive exhibit gives kids of all ages a place to have fun and learn about writer and artist Maurice Sendak!

Dance in The Wild Forest, cook in the Night Kitchen, and read on Rosie’s Stoop! Bring the whole family!

This Free exhibit runs from June 17 – August 31
in The Gallery at the Library!

Where the Wild Things Are
June 17 to August 31 - Civic Center Gallery
Open daily during regular library hours

Connect with The Scottsdale Library Online!

Connect with The Scottsdale Library Online!

Do you enjoy the Scottsdale Library newsletter? Are you interested in connecting with the Scottsdale Library elsewhere online? We love to hear what our customers think about us, as well as keep them up to date on all the fun programs and events at the Library! Connect today!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ScottsdalePublicLibrary
and our Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ScottsdaleReads.

Connect with The Scottsdale Library Online!

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May 2010

Scottsdale Reads this Summer!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Most people fondly remember summer as the time of year where they would go to the library and sign up for a Summer Reading Program. Good News! Summer Reading Programs are still going strong, and are about to get underway at Scottsdale Public Library on June 1st! There are programs for babies, youth, teen and adults – all of which have some terrific prizes along the way.

Have you ever wondered why Summer Reading Programs were first started? Studies have shown that when children stop reading, even for a few months, they experience significant declines in their literacy growth as compared to those children that read year round. Summer Reading Programs are a fun, rewarding way to keep students reading and strengthen their literacy skills. Adult programs were implemented shortly after, as reading is important for everyone, no matter their age!

Stop into any Scottsdale Library Branch between June 1st and July 31st to get signed up.
It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s an essential part of Summer!

Dan Harkins,
Owner and CEO of Harkins Theatres

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Books and Babies
Celebration at the Library!

Join us for a special baby shower for our newest library customers up to 1 year old and their adult caregivers. We will present a special storytime, learn about community resources from special guests, have door prizes, and enjoy yummy treats! It’s never too early to start reading!

Books and Babies Celebration

Books and Babies Celebration
May 16 at 2 pm - Civic Center

On the Road and At Home
With The Rolling Stones

A Novel research idea

Author and Stones insider Bill German discusses his recent book, Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It). This book chronicles how he befriended the Stones and then became the band’s official historian for almost two decades. He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes and witnessed their concerts, recording sessions and in-fights. He’ll share his humorous Stones anecdotes and never-before-seen photos.

On the Road and At Home
With The Rolling Stones

June 9 at 6 pm - Civic Center

The Noise Guy

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

The Noise Guy

The Noise Guy
May 25 at 3:30 pm - Mustang
May 27 at 4 pm - Civic Center

Can't find it?

See our Featured Databases »

Don’t know what to read next? Looking for tools to help you learn a new language? Need to learn the who, the what and where about a business? Try our Databases!

NoveList will help you find the next best book to read.
Mango can teach you 36 new languages.
Reference USA is the leading reference tool for businesses.

They are available 24/7, and are free to library cardholders!

See our Featured Databases »

Pick up some books and support your library!

Download a Barnes and Noble voucher »

Support the Scottsdale Library at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair from May 20th – May 25th 2010!

Click Here to print out a voucher to bring with you when you make a purchase at the Barnes and Noble, located on the 101 Freeway and Shea Blvd.

Shopping online? Go to www.bn.com/bookfairs to start shopping, and enter the Bookfair ID 10207017 when you check out. Part of the proceeds of your purchase will go to the Scottsdale Public Library!

Also, don’t miss Paul Bendheim, MD discussing his new book ‘The Brain Training Revolution: A Proven Workout for Healthy Brain Aging’ May 20th at 7 pm!

Download a Barnes and Noble voucher »

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April 2010

Tis the Season for weeding!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Ahh! Spring has sprung in Arizona! The aroma of orange blossoms tickle our noses, while a few of us are sneezey with allergies, most of you have probably been dealing with pesky weeds that have popped up in your yard! Well, at the Scottsdale Library, we have been busy ‘weeding’ as well!

Weeding a library is like weeding a garden; one looks over everything and carefully selects those things that need to be removed. So what ‘needs’ to be removed? Picture a book with water damage, pages missing, torn covers, think of VHS movies from 1989, or a cassette tape from your favorite musician. Those are items that should be weeded out – which means they will either be placed in our library shop or recycled.

Weeding is important as it saves space, time, and money; but most importantly it allows space for new items to be checked out by our adoring public!

Pictured: Kelly and Sky weeding, library style!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Paranormal PJ Party!

Are you ready for a spooky, fun and unforgettable night?!? Get in your jammies and head over to the Civic Center library on Friday, April 16th! You don’t want to miss Wake series author Lisa McMann and the Library’s first ever Paranormal Pajama Party! There will be music, food and fun for skeptics and believers alike!
Note: This is a Teen-Only event!

Paranormal Pajama Party

Paranormal Pajama Party
Friday, April 16 at 6:30 pm
Civic Center Knowasis

The Three Little Pigs –
Southwest Style!

A Novel research idea

You’ve heard the stories about the Three Little Pigs, but have you met their cousins, The Three Little Javelinas? Come and celebrate Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros with a special presentation of the OneBookAZ selection, The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell. It’s a bilingual story that 3-6 year olds will love!

The Three Little Javelinas
April 29 at 6:30 pm - Arabian
May 1 at 10:30 am - Appaloosa
May 1 at 10:30 am - Civic Center
May 1 at 11:30 am - Mustang
May 28 at 3:30 pm - Palomino

Boot Scootin’ Good Time!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Picturing America: Barn Dance

Picturing America: Barn Dance
April 19 at 3 pm - Arabian
April 20 at 3:30 pm - Mustang
April 22 at 4 pm - Civic Center
April 29 at 3:30 pm - Palomino
April 29 at 4 pm - Appaloosa

Let the Library help with Spring Cleaning!
Donate Today!

Click here to learn about library donations! »Out with the old, and in with the new! If you want to clean out your books, magazines and DVDs to donate to a good cause, bring them to the library and they will be sold in our library shops. The money spent at our stores is used for library programs and more!



Click here to learn about library donations! »

New Service!
You can now pay library fees online!

For more information, see our eCommerce page »

It’s Fast! It’s Easy! It’s Secure!
...and it’s all online! Using your library card number (or Alternate ID) and PIN, login to ‘My Account’ from the Library HomePage. Simply view your fines and use the Pay Online button to pay one or more of your library charges! Try out this new service today! It’s yet another way your Library is working to better serve you!

For more information, see our eCommerce page »

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March 2010

READ Local - Arizona Author CollectionRita Hamilton, Library Director

Now you not only can eat locally, but you can read locally also.

In the spirit of the Eat Local movement, the Scottsdale Public Library is piloting a new READ Local - Arizona Author Collection in order to showcase the emerging literary efforts of our community, introduce readers to unique homegrown talent that is not yet nationally known, and give local authors a tangible way to connect with Arizona readers. This special circulating collection will be housed at the Civic Center Library and will feature youth, teen and adult fiction and nonfiction materials.

Arizona authors of all ages are encouraged to submit their publications for consideration. Authors will be notified by email within 60 days regarding the status of their submission.

For more information or to submit an application »

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Cookbooking
and Cocktailing

What could be better than meeting Food Network star Robin Miller, sipping cocktails and supporting children’s services at the library? Nothing, so please do it at the annual fundraiser by the Friends of the Scottsdale Library. This evening (at a low pre-registered price of $30) includes cooking demos, silent auction of gourmet meals to die for AND a chance to meet three Arizona cookbook authors. For more information and to sign up go to foodieslikeus.com or call
480-312-2420.

Cookbooks & Cocktails

Cookbooks & Cocktails
Friday, March 26 at 6 pm
Appaloosa Library

Brush up on your Spanish

A Novel research idea

Practique sus habilidades de Inglés conversación gratuita en un ambiente divertido e informal.

(If you can’t read the last sentence you can come to these informal conversation groups and practice the Spanish you forgot from high school.)

Conversation Café
Monday, March 22 at 6:30 pm
Monday, April 12 at 6:30 pm
Civic Center Library

Be nimble, be quick…

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Mother Goose Time

Mother Goose Time
April 14 through May 26
Civic Center Gallery
Open during library hours

Are there Humans in the McDowells?

The Human McDowells

Ever wonder what Hohokam women, today’s career women and stay-at-home moms have in common? Or how desperate housewives who lived here in the 1870s survived without air conditioning, ice or Basha’s? Or about the unsolved murder in the shadow of the Mayo Clinic? The Human McDowells is a survey of the archaeological, anthropological and historical heritage of the McDowell mountains from an often untold perspective.

The Human McDowells
Thursday, April 1 at 6:30 pm
Palomino Library

Baby Brains are Booming

Brain Time for Babies

Grow those dendrites. Neural pathways unite. The exciting baby brain is grown in a special three week storytime for babies at the Arabian Library. Your child will go in a baby genius and come out a baby GENIUS. Offer limited to the birth to 18 month old child. Parents invited too!

Brain Time for Babies
Thursday, April 8 at 10:30 am
Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 am
Thursday, April 22 at 10:30 am
Arabian Library

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February 2010

Library usage on the riseRita Hamilton, Library Director

An impressive amount of you have come through our doors, visited our web site and checked out library materials. In fact, all of our statistics are up. This often happens when the economy is faltering – library usage goes up. But we like to think that you are also coming because our library is just a good place to be for you, your family and friends. Whether we see you in our programs, our study spaces or around our book shelves, we always want you to feel as if the Scottsdale Public Library is a second home.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Scottsdale Architecture

The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library premiere the book “Images of America: Scottsdale Architecture.” Doug Sydnor, local architect and author details the evolving architecture of Scottsdale from 1888 to 2008. This program is being presented at Appaloosa Library, which was co-designed by Syndor. Buy a few copies for your out-of-town company at the event.

Images of America: Scottsdale Architecture

Images of America: Scottsdale Architecture
Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m.
Appaloosa Library

Adult Chatter that Matters

A Novel research idea

Ever want to just talk with a group of adults about books and just haven’t made the connection yet? We have more than 10 book groups that meet at the library. Check out our Book Discussion Groups and sign up or give a call. None serve wine however – if you want to start you own with a wine/cheese backdrop check out the Talk and Tote kits made for a group of like-minded friends- 10 books and a discussion guide are included.


Puppet Program Provides Performance

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Puppet Showtimes

Puppet Showtimes
February 23 at 4 p.m. - Palomino
February 25 at 4 p.m. - Mustang

Picturing Maricopa

Picturing Maricopa

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust partnered the services of 15 talented photographers to 15 non-profit organizations, which gain usage rights to the photographs. The result is an everyday look at the life of Maricopa County residents. See the results in Picturing Maricopa from March 5 – April 9 at the Gallery @ the Library.

Picturing Maricopa
March 5 – April 9
Civic Center Library Gallery
Open daily during regular library hours

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile Event

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile

Browse, check out and download your favorite titles, music and subjects at the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile event. The Digital Bookmobile holds interactive computer stations to get you on your way to downloading at your library! Experience new ways to enjoy digital books and more!

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile
Friday, February 19
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arabian Library

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January 2010

Make an appointment with your Library!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

We have a unique service at the Scottsdale Public Library. You can make an appointment, much like you would at the doctor’s office, to meet with an information professional about the topic of your choice. Are you interested in talking with a children’s librarian about ways to get your reluctant 10 year-old to read more? Ask us! Do you want to know more about the databases that can help with your business marketing and planning needs? Ask us! How about a half-hour session on the best mystery authors? Ask us! The one-on-one appointments can be made by calling 480.312.READ or going to our web site at www.scottsdalelibrary.org.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


SAT doesn't always spell weekend

Three letters that can bring fear to your heart and downright paralysis to your teenager: SAT! Help your teens by pro-actively practicing with actual test materials. Just bring a #2 and proceed to Harvard! Various days, times and locations are available. Please see online program details for registration information.

SAT Practice Exams, Strategies and Workshops

SAT Practice Exams, Strategies and Workshops
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A Novel research idea

A Novel research idea

How many times have you said, “I could have written that. I could be a famous author. I could…” OK, you get the point. Learn how the real authors research and write those must-read novels. Meet author C. C. Harrison and learn how to find those intimate details that bring a book to life. Adults only, please.

Research Your Novel
Saturday, February 27
2 pm at Appaloosa Library

Drumroll please...

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Symphony
Saturday, January 31
2 pm & 3 pm at
Civic Center Library

Hurricane Katrina revisited

Trouble the Water

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble in the Water shows the Hurricane Katrina disaster through the eyes of a home camera operator reporting during the storm and after. Shown as part of the Scottsdale Cross Cultural Film Series at the Mustang Library.

Trouble the Water
Tuesday, February 2
noon at Mustang Library

Thursday, February 4
6 pm at Civic Center Library

One if by land, and two if by sea...

Picturing America: Paul Revere's Birthday

Listen my friends and you shall hear. Paul Revere is making a comeback in the minds of 6 to 12 year olds as they make costumes, listen to stories and view famous art of the American hero. Right after school at your local branch!

Picturing America: Paul Revere's Birthday
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January 2011

You’re a good man, Charlie Brown!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

PEANUTS© United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

On January 14, 2011 the exhibition 'Charles Shulz: Peanuts at Bat' will open at the Civic Center Library. This exhibition takes a lighthearted look at Charles M. Schulz’s love for the all-American sport of baseball and showcases the Peanuts Gang’s hapless pursuit of a winning baseball strategy.

Included are original sketches and memorabilia of America’s favorite pastime as seen through Schulz’s eyes.
This exhibition is free to the public, and runs through March 2, 2011.

We hope to see you there!

For more information about The Gallery @ the Library, see our exhibition page here.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Rock On @ your library!

The library is thrilled to continue its partnership with Ear Candy and the Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Thanks to the generous funding from the Scottsdale Cultural Council, youth will have the opportunity to learn “Rock Band Basics”. From January 19th - May 18th, classes will be held weekly at Civic Center Library to work on music skills. Instruments will be provided and all levels are welcome. The popular “Rock Band” program will return on March 23rd, and the bands will begin to work together. A public performance will take play in May. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to work with music professionals and develop your rock star skills.

Space is limited so register early at www.EarCandyCharity.org/RockBand.

Rock Band Basics

Rock Band Basics
Program starts January 19

Angelina Ballerina is coming to SPL

A Novel research idea

Step into the magical world of Angelina Ballerina! Listen to the adventures of this little mouse as she jumps and pirouettes for joy in her ballet class, and learn the steps Angelina practices each day.

Dressing up is encouraged! Registration is required for child only. For ages 3 and up.

Angelina Ballerina
Jan 11 / 10:30 am / Appaloosa
Jan 24 / 10:30 am / Palomino
Feb 14 / 10 am / Arabian

eReaders 101

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

eReaders 101

eReaders 101
Jan 18 / 6 pm / Civic Center
Jan 22 / 1 pm / Mustang
Jan 26 / 2 pm / Arabian
Jan 31 / 6 pm / Appaloosa

Adult Beverages + Cards = good times at the Library!

Happy New Year! Why not make a resolution to learn something new this month? A Wine 101 program will teach you about wine from the Sassy Sommelier. Jeff Haines of Brewers Connection will introduce you to the art of at-home beer brewing, and our Poker Program will be hosted by dealers from Casino Arizona, who will teach you how to win at poker!

Wine 101: The Big Six and Host Your Own Wine Tasting
Jan 11 / 5:30 pm / Appaloosa
Jan 27 / 6:30 pm / Mustang


Learn to Brew Beer; at Home!
Jan 13 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center


Play and Win at Poker!
Jan 26 / 6:30 pm / Civic Center


New! Spanish Speaking Book Discussion groups at SPL

Starting January 2011, there will be two Spanish Book Discussion groups at SPL.

These groups are open to Spanish and English speaking customers alike. Come practice your Spanish while discussing contemporary books among peers.

These will be held the first Thursday of each month at Civic Center Library, and the third Thursday of each month at Mustang Library.

For more information, please contact Deena Harms at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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December 2009

Happy Holidays!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Looking back over 2009, the Scottsdale Library had a very good year in spite of the downturn. One of our biggest accomplishments was opening the new Appaloosa Library. This beautiful building with its satisfying ambiance adds more items to our collection, another wonderful early literacy space, more public computers, another meeting room and much more. We’re proud to have another location to serve you and want to thank you for your support this year. The library is here to help you with exploring possibilities, acquiring new skills, and free family programs and entertainment. We look forward to serving you in the new year & best wishes for 2010!

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director

(Wish to make a year-end donation that helps the library? check out www.scottsdalelibraryfriends.org)

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Mini ying, yang

Tiny tots who have been aglow for the holidays will have resolutions for 2010 too. Be sure little Jonny becomes a well-balanced kiddo with our Itty Bitty Scientist and Yoga workshop. Not only will your kid learn about volcanos but they will learn how to relax so they might act like one…(uh, this program is for 2-6 years old—and an adult caretaker)

Itty Bitty Scientist and Yoga Workshop

Itty Bitty Scientist and Yoga Workshop
Jan. 7 at 10 am - Civic Center
Jan. 12 at 10 am - Palomino
Feb. 5 at 10 am - Mustang

Winter Break Out!

A Novel research idea

Want to give your teens an alternative place to go while on holiday break? Try the library where they can watch movies with their friends, game or Wii, read and participate in other activities. Despite the name, there will be not be break dancing nor any breaking!

Winter Break Out!
(December 21 - 31)
Mon. - Fri. at 1:30 pm - Civic Center
Tues. at 1:30 pm - Arabian
Tues. at 1:30 pm - Mustang
Wed. at 1:30 pm - Appaloosa

Speed Reading for Dummies

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Speed Reading for Dummies

Speed Reading for Dummies
Jan. 16 at 2 pm - Civic Center
Feb. 20 at 2 pm - Arabian

Relax & Synergize

Relax & Synergize

Hopefully you will have a super smooth holiday. But if you find yourself wound tighter than a pocketwatch…please plan on attending our Relax and Synergize program. Learn how to breath again and take away some very useful tips on stress reduction that you might use next holiday season when Uncle Lou pushes that last button…

Relax & Synergize
Jan. 15 at 2 pm - Civic Center
Jan. 29 at 2 pm - Appaloosa

With Love, from Redbird Ranch

With Love, From Redbird Ranch

Marg Nelssen, a long time Scottsdale resident shares her sensitive paintings of mules, horses and dogs. These magical works utilize found objects to create true mixed-media folk art with a distinct Arizona flavor.

With Love, From Redbird Ranch
Jan. 7 to Feb. 28
Civic Center Library
Open daily during library hours

Free workshop with the artist, Jan. 23 from 2 - 4 pm

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November 2009

Thanks to you...Rita Hamilton, Library Director

Hard to believe it has been one year since the Library launched this electronic newsletter. If you have been following all along we thank you. If you are a new customer to our system we welcome you and hope that you will enjoy all that the Scottsdale Public Library has to offer. We are sincerely appreciative of all of our wonderful customers and if you happen to be one of the 26,000 that joined the library last year, know that you are now part of one of the best things in Scottsdale.

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


If this turkey knows more about...

current technology than you…we suggest you visit our first annual Tech Fair at the Civic Center Library. If you only make calls on your cell phone, are baffled by Wi-fi, or cannot tell us what a Wii is, we suggest you attend as well. It will be fun, stress free and enlightening. We promise.

Tech Fair

Tech Fair
Dec. 5, noon to 5 p.m. - Civic Center

Navigating the Healthcare Buffet

A Novel research idea

Chat about the Healthcare Reform Legislation and learn a thing or two about what may or may not be covered and whether or not they will have mashed potatoes.

Making Informed Healthcare Decisions
Dec.3 at 6 p.m. - Mustang

Sugar Cookie Overload

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Holiday Shake, Rattle and Roll

Holiday Shake, Rattle and Roll
see link for location dates and times

Mouse got your tongue

Angelina Ballerina

...or your toes? Listen to the adventures of Angelina Ballerina the mouse as she jumps and pirouettes for joy in her ballet class. Participants will practice some of Angelina’s moves and are encouraged to dress in their ballet outfits. This will be quite fun. (Tu-tus on tots only please.)

Registration is required for child only.

Angelina Ballerina
see link for location dates and times

A constructive use of your teen's time

Holiday Gift Craft

Send your teen on down to the library to make a Holiday Gift Craft (ah, jazzy title) We’ll keep ‘em busy with wire, beads and glue and they’ll come home with a cool picture frame (that they can give to you as a gift) Registration Recommended. This program is best for participants 12 to 18 years old.

Holiday Gift Craft
see link for location dates and times

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October 2009

And then there were five!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

On Nov. 4 we celebrate the grand opening of our new Appaloosa Library, Scottsdale’s long awaited fifth location. We’ve stocked 80,000 new items and 48 new computers in this beautiful light-filled space and created a place to amaze and delight all who enter. The support this community has displayed for Appaloosa and the Scottsdale Library speaks volumes about what the citizens of Scottsdale value lifelong learning, free access, literacy, youth development, community to name a few. I’m proud to serve you and to present the new Appaloosa Library. Please come join us in celebrating this wonderful Scottsdale accomplishment!

- Rita Hamilton, Executive Director

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


That's some fine fiddlin'

uegrass musician Stephanie Bettman visits the Scottsdale Public Library on Sun., Nov. 1. The entire family will enjoy this music that is “new and catchy; an engaging mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz with memorable lyrics and killer instrumentation.” Joined by masterful multi-instrumentalist Luke Halpin, the two of them will raise the roof with their soaring harmonies and foot tapping fiddles. We promise you will leave with a smile on your face!

An afternoon with <br />Stephanie Bettman

An afternoon with
Stephanie Bettman

Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. - Mustang

Hey, a tattoo even your parents could love

A Novel research idea

Teens, learn about the ancient art of mehndi and watch a henna artist create these very beautiful (and temporary) tattoos. This program is 90 minutes and for library customers 12-18 years please.

The Art of Mehndi
Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. - Mustang
Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. - Arabian
Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. - Palomino
Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. - Civic Center

Food and Friends...what could be better?

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

See our selection of books by author Brent Ghelfi »

See our selection of books by author Brent Ghelfi »

The Several Worlds of Lew Lehrman

He has not just one but several…Scottsdale artist Lew Lehrman’s work will be featured in the Gallery at the Civic Center Library beginning Nov. 2. Shown will be both two and three dimensional works by the artist as well as some of his truly amazing travel journals.


Opens Nov. 2
Open daily during Library hours
Civic Center Library Gallery

Meet the Artist
Nov. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

We won't be singing Buffett songs but...

Most of us know the power of music. Join us for a series on Happiness at Mustang library. Learn how to beef up that emotional wellbeing (Oct. 27) and find out more about the healing properties of laughter and music on Nov. 10. Anyone have a good joke?


Rise Up to Emotional Wellbeing
Oct. 27 at 6:30 pm - Mustang

The Power of Laughter and Music
Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. - Mustang

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November 2008

Welcome to the Scottsdale Public Library's new electronic newsletter!Rita Hamilton, Library Director

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for being a customer of the Scottsdale Public Library and I hope that you are happy with our facilities, staff and services. This new electronic newsletter is a big step for our library system. It will give you the most up-to-date information on library events and news and be delivered directly to your email box. In addition to being more convenient, this electronic newsletter will help the Library be a “greener” organization by reducing our printed publications.

You will receive this newsletter once each month unless you choose to opt-out. Opting-out is very easy and may be done by clicking the “Click here to unsubscribe” link at the top of this page.  Again we are happy that you are part of the Scottsdale Public Library and look forward to having you visit us soon! - Rita Hamilton - Library Director

- Rita Hamilton, Library Director


Choosing Green: The Home Buyers Guide to Good Green Homes

It is easy to be green. Join the movement toward green, energy efficient and non-toxic living spaces in this program that will explain ways that you can be environmentally responsible at home.


Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Palomino Library

For teens…Holiday Gift Craft

A Novel research idea

Recycle and be creative while knocking off those names on your holiday gift list.  Visit one of the library teen spaces to create your own fabulous frame from recycled paper.

Holiday Gift Craft
Dec. 3 (all locations)
2 p.m. at Arabian Library
2 p.m. at Civic Center Library
3 p.m. at Mustang Library
2:30 p.m. at Palomino Library

Family Holiday Fun Cowboy Claus is coming to town!

You want loud? We have LOUD! Have a perfect musical rendezvous with your family and the brass and percussion members of the Phoenix symphony. Two performances back to back on Saturday, January 31.

Cowboy Claus

Cowboy Claus
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Arabian Library
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. at Mustang Library
Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Palomino Library
Dec. 18, 7 p.m. at Civic Center Library

SPL Spirit of Literacy Breakfast 2008

Every year the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library honor three people that have made significant contributions to literacy in our community.  This year’s breakfast, that took place on Nov. 6, celebrated the achievements of Barbara Hatch, Cactus Shadows High School;  Joanne Hamilton-Selway, Scottsdale Public Library; and (posthumously) William “Bill” Jenkins, mayor of Scottsdale.

Photo: Barbara Hatch, Joan Fudala and Sue Jenkins


Digital downloads for free!

Shakespeare and jazz while jogging…download audio books, music and video to your MP3 player at home. Did you know that you can download these items using your Scottsdale Public Library Card? Check out the easy directions and take advantage of this great service today.