Literacy

Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library celebrates award winners Nov. 5

Posted 11/2/22

The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library will recognize the 2022 Spirit of Literacy Award winners — Peggy Sharp Chamberlain, Phillip Payne, Mariko Whelan and the Literary Society of the Southwest — on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Literacy

Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library celebrates award winners Nov. 5

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The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library will recognize the 2022 Spirit of Literacy Award winners — Peggy Sharp Chamberlain, Phillip Payne, Mariko Whelan and the Literary Society of the Southwest — on Saturday, Nov. 5.

For the first time, the 2022 SOL award presentations will be open to the public as they will be incorporated into the Scottsdale Library Cardholder Celebration at Scottsdale Stadium.

Gates open at 5 p.m., the concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and the awards presentation will take place at 6 p.m.

Since 2002, the SOL awards recognize significant contributions to support libraries and literacy in Scottsdale by individuals, corporations, foundations and other entities, according to a press release. The Friends Board of Directors selects the winners annually.

Below is an overview of the 2022 SOL honorees:

  • Peggy Sharp Chamberlain was a six-year member and former chair of the Scottsdale Library Board. She also served three years on the Friends Board of Directors and re-launched its membership program in addition to providing authors for children’s programs at the library.
  • Phillip Payne is the owner and artist-in-residence at Anticus Fine Art Gallery/Independent Bookstore in Old Town Scottsdale. He hosts author presentations and book clubs and has partnered with the Friends and LDV Winery on three art, book and wine pairings during 2022. Learn more about Anticus at https://anticus.com/.
  • Mariko Whelan is the Early Learning, Youth & Teen Services Coordinator for Scottsdale Public Library. She is a published author who presents at conferences on early learning, and facilitates programs sponsored by the Friends such as Family Read Aloud Nights and Girls in STEM.
  • The Literary Society of the Southwest provides grants to community organizations with literacy missions and hosts luncheons with author discussions. LSSW provided funding to the Friends for the SkyRoom renovation and FRAN program. Learn more about LSSW at https://literarysoc.com/.

In addition to the SOL award presentation, attendees can enjoy local band Uncorked on the field at this family-friendly event. It will also feature outdoor games, face painting, balloon twisters, and free cotton candy. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

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Mayor David Ortega and honoree Phillip Payne of Anticus Fine Art Gallery receiving his Spirit of Literacy award.

“This year’s Spirit of Literacy Award honorees showcase a strong commitment to literacy in Scottsdale,” Trey Granger, president of the Friends of Scottsdale Public Library, said in the release. “We are thrilled to be recognizing this group on the 20th anniversary of the first SOL awards.”

Previous SOL award winners include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Scottsdale Charros, DC Ranch, Mayor Bill Jenkins and Paul and Cora Messinger.

For a full list of winners, visit https://scottsdalelibraryfriends.org/programs/sol/.

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