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What We Fund

Since 1997, the Foundation has raised more than $4.5 million to support Library programs and services. This year the Phoenix Public Library will focus on early literacy programs for children and parents, seasonal reading programs for all ages, teen and family STE/AM programs, and college preparation.

These include:

Summer Reading Program – a large county-wide program encouraging adults, teens and children to read by offering a new book once completing the program.  In the program’s 13th year, more than 35,000 people throughout Phoenix participate.  Research shows that kids who read over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills.

Story Time and Early Literacy Outreach – the Library offers children’s story time with parent education to help parents and children gain literacy skills.  These programs are offered at all libraries and out in the community at community centers, Head Start and pre-school classes. 

Kindergarten Bootcamp – this 7 week program gives parents the tools, information and activities to help prepare their children for school success.

College Depot – a free, full-service college access center located at Burton Barr Central Library. Our team of college planning advisors and assistants offer one-on-one appointments and workshops regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.  Through our Career Online High School we offer the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online for a limited number of qualified adult learners.