Programs & Services

The following library programs & services were supported by your membership gifts and donations. 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


Accidental Crafter

Book Club

Cake Pops 101

Chalk Paint Workshop

DIY Essential Oil Pillows

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Fairy Gardens Craft

Fall Festival

Furniture Refinishing Class

Kids Café

Literacy Night


Painting for Fun!

Polar Express Storytime

Preschool Prep

Pumpkin Carving Show

Seed Library

Sensory Storytime

STEM Programs


Summer Reading

Teen Design Studio

Teen Makers Program

Teen/Tween Graphic Design

Water Harvesting 101

Winter Wonderland


After-School STEM

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

Basics of Saving Seeds in Your Garden


Builders Club

Container Gardening for Adults

Discovery Time

Eat Healthy Plate Project

Fall Festival

First Five Years Supplies

Holiday Card Making

Hopi Quilting Traditions

Hummingbird Container Gardening

Kids Gardening


Libraries Rock! Program

MicroGreens Program

Nailed It: Painting with Bob Ross

Nailed It: Paper Flowers

Native Desert Bees Workshop

Preschool STEM

Scratch Art

Seed Library

Seed Science

Special Needs Storytime


Teen Crafting Supplies

Teen Paracord Bracelets

Wild, Weird, Wicked AZ

Wizards of STEAM

Wobble Bots for Teens

Yoga Classes

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


Books for Treats

Computer Coding

Family Night ASL Animal Bingo

Foreign Coin Collection & Geography Game

Papel Picado – Hispanic Heritage Month

STEAM/STEM Programming

Teen MakersChoice

Cesar Chavez

Accidental Crafter

African American Pioneers of Arizona

BabyTime Visual Tracking

Container Gardening

Dancing Rainbows & Swirling Symphonies

Dinovember Kids Program

Germ-Busters Program

Fiesta Foods with Chef Larry

Fun Holiday Foods with Chef Larry

GameTime for Teens

How to Make Super Bowl Snacks with Chef Larry

“It’s a Jungle out There!” Animal Adaptations

Kids Cook Classes

Literacy Luau

Reading Month Craft

Zoo: Colorful Creatures

Pokémon Play!

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

Sand Art Terrariums


Summer Reading

Teas Please: Hot or Cold

Teen Crafternoon

Teen Gaming

Tween History of Ice Cream & Demo

Tween Origami

Wooden Pumpkin Teen Craft


Accidental Crafter

Adult Art Recess

Americana Salute to AZ Statehood

“An Arizona Tall Tale” Story

Art Lab: Clay Pressing

Artisan Mask & Book Making

Black History Month Musical Trio

Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Performance

Container Gardening

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

End of Summer Reading Fest

Fused Glass Pendants

Hip Hop Performance


Musical Assembly – Hispanic Heritage

Paper Quilting

Polar Express

Pumpkin Carving Like a Pro

Seed Library

Stamp Making

Summer Bookmania

Tech Fun

Teen Crafting

Teen Universe

Violin Concert for Families

Watercolor Painting

Worm Composting

Desert Broom

Armed with Our Language Special Presentation

BabyTime with Sign



Gentle Yoga Series

Hellraising, Heroic, & Hidden Women of the Old West

Make It with Glass: Pendants

Music & Movement Program

Operation Gratitude Paracord Bracelets

Pumpkin Carving Like a Pro

Seed Library




ToddlerTime with Sign

Watercolor Weekly

Yoga Alphabet

Desert Sage

African American Art Special Program

Black History Month Program

Computer Coding

Dr. Seuss Day

Fall Festival

Family Fun STEM

Harry Potter Program

Kids Café

Papel Picado Workshop

Pendergast Summer Camp

Princess Friday

Seed Library

Summer Reading


Community Garden

Easter/Spring Program

Harvest Festival

Seed Library

Teen Ice Cream Social


Artistic Planner/Journal Making

Aesop’s Fables & Nutcracker in Space Music


Book Club

Color to Calm

Digital City

Dr. Seuss Birthday

Edible Houses

Family H2O STEM Lab

Harvest Festival

Magic Tree House

Papel Picado Hispanic Heritage

Parchment & Prose

Seed Library

Spring Literacy Festival


Summer Karaoke

Super Hero Day

Teen Makerspace

Teen Study Event

Teen Time


Watercolor Classes


AZ Outlaws & the Law

Cowpokes, Crooks, & Cactus

Camp Juniper

Carboard Marble Run

Circuits & Conductivity

Container Gardening

Fiber Fun Workshops

Freeze: The Science of Ice Cream

Hands-On Wildlife Presentation

Hellraising, Heroic, & Hidden Women of the Old West

Japanese Taiko Drums

Live Animals Wildlife Presentation

Music with Recycled Objects

Polar Express

Pumpkin Painting

Rock Painting

Science Sunday

Seed Library

Slime Activity

Soldering Project

Sugar Skull Caps

Technology Magic Show

Worm Bootcamp

Wow! That’s Science


Ancient Southwest Native History

Arizona Goes to the Moon

BigBytes Coding

Book Club

Coder Dojo

Cool Season Gardening in the Desert

Edible & Medicinal Weeds

Fairytale Craft

Growing Tomatoes in the Desert


Mary Poppins Visit

Native Desert Bees Workshop

Navajo Code Talkers

Seed Library

Seed to Flower Program

Spectors of the Past


Apprenticeship Workshop

Black History Month Speaker

Community Partner Breakfast

Gingerbread Workshop

Ice Cream Social


May the 4th Be with You Family Literacy Night

Pumpkin Carving Like a Pro

Science of Fear of Halloween

STEAM Camp Atomic Models

Water Day Activities

Why Not Wednesday

Palo Verde

Book Club

Cajita Workshop for Teens

Cupcake Decorating

Hip Hop Dance Group

LEGO Candy Making

Mask Making Workshop

Monster Bash

Native American Heritage Music

Paper Electronics

Pumpkin Carving

Seed Library

Smoothie Workshop

STEAM Halloween Program

Summer Reading

Super Saturday

Zoo to You


Accidental Crafter

Book Club

Canvas Art

Container Gardening

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Crafting

Gingerbread House Workshop

Glass Jar Craft

Halloween Storytime

Harvest Party

Kids Café

Native Desert Bees Workshop

Seed Library

STEM Game Day

Stepping into STEM

Summer Reading

Teen Frankenstein Program


Watercolor Art for Kids

Worm Composting

South Mountain

3D Modeling

Banned Poetry Reading

Button Making

Charcoal Drawing

Color to Calm

Harvest Festival

Makerspace HAMA Time

My Pet Dinosaur Puppet Show

Paws for a Study Break

Polar Express

Seed Library

Summer Reading

Teen Anime Fest



Chinese Marbeling on Rice Paper

Diabetes: Intro, Nutrition & Complications

Libraries Rock!

Painting on Wine Bottles

Pumpkin Carving Show

Rock Gardens

Slime It Up! Chemistry & Physics

Summer Reading

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