Programs & Services

The following library programs & services were supported by your membership gifts and donations in 2017. Please note that, out of more than 500 funding requests awarded, there are only unique programs & services listed here. (For example, the Summer Reading Program sees many of the same programs across different branches.)

For an ongoing list of programs & services supported this year, search the hashtag #BackedByFriends on Facebook! 

Summer Reading

Amazing Library Card


Baby Sign Storytime

Bath Scrub Making

Cooking & Mixing Workshops


Crayon Art for Adults

Cupcake in a Jar

Dr. Seuss Day

Fall Festival

Family Move & Groove

Felt Flower Making

Glass Jewelry Making Class

Herb Garden Kitchen Class

Hispanic Heritage Programs

Igloo Making Craft

Kids Café Enrichment Activities

Mini Masters

Polar Bear Craft

Preschool Prep

STEM Programs

Seed Library


Sugar Cookie Decorating 101

Summer Reading Halfway There Party

Tai Chi Chuan Workshop

Teen Area Games

Teen Jewelry Making

Teen Makers Club

Teen Open House

Winter Wonderland

Wreath Making


After-School STEM

Astronomy for Everyone

Birds Nest Craft


Butterfly Feeders

Charles James Fashion

Dental Health Program

Domestic Violence Awareness

Fingerprint Art

First Five Years Toy Blocks

Greeting Card Making

Hispanic Heritage Month

Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Snow

Ice Experiments

Modern Art Projects

Preschool DiscoveryTime

Press Mold Masks

Reading Tower

Recycled Robots

Seed Library

Shark Sun Catchers

Sink or Float Craft

STEAM Programs

STEM Snow & Ice Program


Summer Reading

Swingin’ with Dean Show

Winter Fun

Wizards of STEAM

Wobble Bots

Burton Barr Central Library

Software for College Depot

First Fridays

Super Bowl Program


Black History Month programming

Maker Corp

Downton Abbey program

Civil War program


Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Summer Solstice event

hive @ central art event

Mars Academy

World Refugee Day programming

Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebration 

Dia de los Muertos programming

Family STEM Night

Printing Press program

Comic Club

Teen Survey

Smash Brothers program

Polar Express program

Jana Bommersbach author event

MACH1 supplies

Button Machine

Rug for First Five Years center

hive @ central program supplies

Teen Central supplies


3-D Modeling

Arizona Rocks Mineral Program


Block Printing

Coding Club


Dr. Seuss Day

Gardening Program

Gingerbread Haunted Houses

Harry Potter Anniversary

Makers Choice

Science of Ice Cream

Summer Reading

Teen Coding Club

Tetris Game Day

Toddler Time

Vincent Van Gogh: His Art, Life, & Sorrows

Cesar Chavez

10th Anniversary Celebration

30 Minute Meals

Chess Club


Dr. Seuss Birthday

Family Drop-In Crafts

Family Science Night

Farm to Table with Chef Larry

Fun Holiday Foods with Chef Larry

Fun Slime Making

Halloween Family Storytime

Hispanic Heritage Month

Reading in a Winter Wonderland


Tween Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Tween Summer Smoothies

Tween Watercolor Program

Whole Grains Beans & Lentils with Chef Larry


40 Years of Food Fads

Elephant & Piggie Day

Experimental Chinese Marbling with Watercolor

Greeting Card Making

Polar Express Family Event

Read Across America Day

STEM for Tweens

Valentine Desserts to Fall in Love With

Desert Broom

10-Week Gentle Yoga Class

Block Printing Program

Comics Countdown

Discovery Time

Dr. Seuss Day

Hispanic Heritage Month

Jedi Reading Academy

Kindness Rocks Painting Program

Online Storage Workshop

Painting in the Desert with Acrylics

Paper Flower Program

Salt Dough Ornaments



Tissue Paper Flowers

Watercolor Programs

Desert Sage

20th Anniversary Celebration

Escape Room

Family Movie Day

Gingerbread Workshop

Kids Café Enrichment

Seed Library

Snowman Craft

Star Wars Winter Program


Summer Reading


Astronomy for Everyone

Seed Library

Summer Reading

Teen Programs


25th Anniversary Celebration

Astronomy for Everyone

Bubble Mania Family Program

Button Making

Cold Process Soap Making Class

Color to Calm

Computer Coding

Dr. Seuss Family Festival

End of Summer Bash

The Evolution of the Golf Swing

Experience the Ancient

Family Movie Program

Fused Glass Jewelry

Game Zone

The Genius of Hip Hop

Harry Potter Holidays

Harvest Festival

Holi-Cultural Festival

Kids DIY Craft

Kids Play

LGBT History in Arizona


Music of Today

Nail String Art

Nutcracker Hogwarts

Nutcracker in Space

Seed Library

Summer Fun Zone

Summer Reading

Teen Study Time

Think Inside the Bottle


Watercolor Classes

Wimpy Kid Program

Zombie Teen Lock-In


Albrecht Durer: A Search for the Essence of Beauty

Custom Bookmark Workshop

Dia de los Marshmallows

English Language Learners Program

Interactive Magical Math

Make It with Glass

Operation Optics

Paint BB8 on Canvas

Pottery Bird Houses

Soldering Project

Sound and Interactive Presentation

STEM Camp-In

STEM Sugar Pyramid


Sugar Skull Cups Pottery

Superfoods for a Super Hero’s Life

Tech Tear Apart

Zoo Real Life Superheros


35th Anniversary Celebration

AZ 101: Buffalo Soldiers

AZ 101: Discover the Hohokam

Beauty & the Beast Storytime

Book Club

Children’s Gardening

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

Discover Edible & Medicinal Weeds in Your Garden

Evolution of the Golf Swing

Fall & Winter Gardening

Family Literacy Night

Hispanic Heritage Month

Inclusion Low-Sensory Program

Kentucky Derby Family Literacy Event

Little Bytes Coding

Moana End of Summer Crafts

Passive Play

Preparing for Winter Planting

Seed Library


Summer Reading


50th Anniversary Celebration

Black History Month Program

Community Partner Breakfast

Dia de los Muertos

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Fall Harvest Festival

Gingerbread Workshop

Ice Cream Social

May the 4th Be with You

Water Day

Youth Resource Fair

Palo Verde

Amazing Library Card Program

Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Music

Chinese New Year Program

Color to Calm

Day of the Dead Teen Program

Dr. Seuss Day

Earth Day Program

Grinch Day

Hispanic Heritage Month

LEGO Building Club

Moana Disney Princess Visit

Mother’s Day Craft

Panteras de Oro Music

Spooky Fiesta



Sugar Cone Christmas Trees

Summer Reading

Super Saturday

Teen Time


Accidental Crafter

An Imaginary Trip through the Americas

Art for Kids Book Craft

Astronomy for Everyone


Blastoff! Program

Book Club

Builders Lab

Color to Calm

Dr. Seuss Literacy Program

Earth Day Program

End of Summer Reading Party

Family Brain Games

The Fly Guy Catapult Glider

Game Day

Gingerbread House Workshop

Healthy Relationships Teen Program

Hispanic Heritage Month

Keep Calm & Craft On

Movie Day

Pastel Art

Perler Bead Lab

Puzzle Program

Seed Library

Slime Lab

STEAM Experiment

Stepping into STEM

STEM for Tykes


Teen String Art

Zoo Animal Program

South Mountain

4th Annual Anime Fest

Banner Poetry: A Reading & Conversation with Rosemarie Dombrowski

Harvest Festival

Seed Library


Summer Reading

Teen Time

Van Buren: Arizona’s Sunset Strip


Holiday Meals Program

Self-Publishing Program


Think Inside the Bottle

Yoga Series

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