Library News

By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: October 17, 2014

Support the Friends During National Friends of Libraries Week

This year, October 19 - 25 is the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. Sedona Public Library takes this time to thank the Friends of the Sedona Library, who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services.

Our Friends group was started in 1964 and officially became a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation in November 1967. Donations and memberships are deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

The mission of the Friends of the Sedona Library is to support the Sedona Public Library as it strives to encourage literacy, lifelong learning, and the love of reading throughout our diverse community; to enhance the library’s resources, increase the community’s access to information and knowledge; to provide for a vibrant cultural gathering place, and cultivate a sense of public involvement through volunteering for the community.

The Friends hold semiannual books sales that directly fund collection expansion as well as children’s and other community programs during the year. The books that are offered through these sales come from the existing library collection when they are no longer needed by the library and by ongoing donations from the community.

The schedule for this year’s Fall Book Sale is as follows:

Preview Night: Friday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
For Friends of the Library, invited guests, staff and volunteers.

Sale: October 25 - October 31
Sale open to the public during regular library hours Monday through Saturday and also on Sunday, October 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Friends also sell books online through Take a peek at their inventory by going to

Another fund raiser is the ever-popular Festival of Wreaths which is now held every other year (on even years) and preparations are well underway for this year’s Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the Festival of Wreaths opening Gala Event, which will be held on Sunday November 9, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. The kickoff event features wine, appetizers, musical entertainment, raffle prizes, and great company.

You can also support the Friends of the Library by purchasing a Bashas’ Community Card at the Library’s reference desk for $10 (they are not available for purchase at the grocery store). By purchasing a card, you can donate six percent of your regular grocery expenses to the Friends group, at no additional cost to you.

To support the goals of the Friends, you are cordially invited to join. To do so, please pick up a membership form at the library or visit their website page:

Members of the Friends Board are Charlene Lipka, President; Leigh Shafer, 1st Vice President; Mary Snyder, 2nd Vice President; Ellen White, Secretary; Donna Hawk, Treasurer; San Dee Kinnen, Festival of Wreaths Chair; Jawn McKinley, Trustee; and Anne Smith, Trustee. A special thank you to the Board and all who support the library through membership in the Friends group.

I know that the Sedona Public Library is a source of pride for our community. Our Friends group is a source of pride as well. I hope this week everyone will support this outstanding group.

Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite D-100, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at 928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services that we offer.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.