Join us on Saturday, November 9th, 2019, for Dinner in the Stacks at Burton Barr Central Library! ​

Did you know thousands of 4 and 5-year-olds get ready for school at Phoenix Public Library’s Kindergarten Bootcamp? Have you heard adults are earning their high school diplomas and receiving guidance to achieve their career goals at the Library? What if we told you tweens and teens learn computer coding and how to create 3-D printed models after school at our libraries? Phoenix Public Library is more than a place with books on shelves, every day your neighbors and their families are changing their lives at the Library.

For more than 100 years, Phoenix Public Library has been providing vital services that are responsive, flexible, and innovative. While tax dollars put books on the shelves and keep the lights on, the programs that prepare kids for school, put people to work, help students navigate the path to college, and promote entrepreneurship rely on private dollars.

We invite you to support these programs by participating in one of the most unique events in Phoenix, Dinner in the Stacks. Sponsored by the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, this year’s dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in the iconic Burton Barr Central Library. Join us for a spine-tingling evening featuring thrills and chills as we celebrate spooky literature!

Take part in a rare chance to see the beautiful Burton Barr Central Library in a whole different light, after hours with the city of Phoenix as a night-time backdrop. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly at 602-262-7939 or

Event Time and Address:

6:30 pm – 11:00pm
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85004


Cocktail attire in an indoor setting. After dinner, cigars will be available on the patio.

What to Expect:

Cocktail hour with appetizers, open bar, dinner, dessert with live music & cigars. Also the event features a silent auction, spirits pull, live auction, and more!

Silent Auction:

There will be a great selection of silent auction items which you can bid on through your mobile device. You will be alerted to the opening of the silent auction the day before Dinner in the Stacks and the auction will end during the event on November 9th. Please be sure that we have you and your guests’ cell phone numbers so that you can be a part of the silent auction.


There is plenty of free parking at Burton Barr Central Library. Valet will also be available.


Upon arrival to the event, please go straight to our registration desk where we will check you in. There are no paper tickets for this event.

Since 1997, the Phoenix Public Library Foundation has been the fundraising partner for Phoenix Public Library and an impetus for PPL to convert its strategic initiatives (Connect-Engage-Inspire) into new, expanded and highly engaging programs and services for all ages. Through its support, the Foundation has enabled PPL to establish partnerships with civic and education organizations. Drawing on the expertise paired in those partnerships, PPL has been able to attract expanded audiences and offer new, dynamic, and relevant services for children, teens, adults, and families. These strategic partnerships, intentional outreach, and expansion of programs have created true impact and social change in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Public Library Foundation is proud of the fiscal framework it has put in place which allows Phoenix Public Library to maintain a seat at the table. With the Foundation’s enhanced support, Phoenix Public Library is actively providing expertise in workforce development, education, small business start-ups, computer sciences and college readiness. As a result, Phoenix Public Library has enriched lives and launched lifelong dreams through its presence. Most importantly, Phoenix Public Library is now strategically going into areas of need where they can make a direct impact.

Phoenix Public Library Foundation’s Focus Areas:

  • Offering impactful programs that improve early literacy and reading skills and capabilities for children and families
  • Significantly bolstering access to educational programs for those seeking to accomplish high school, college and career goals
  • Providing meaningful learning environments designed for collaborating, meeting, sharing, and creating
  • Expanding its capacity to continue as a premier cultural destination and community venue