By: Jennifer Perry
For: Red Rock News
Date: November 21, 2014
Thanks for Giving
During this Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to take a
moment to reflect on the true meaning of giving. While we are all being
bombarded with messages about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all of the
shiny objects we cannot live without, the Board and staff of Sedona Public
Library would like to communicate our gratitude for the continued spirit
of giving the Library experiences year-round from our generous volunteers.
As a non-profit library, Sedona Public Library benefits from approximately
17,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Our volunteers range in age
from young adults to senior citizens, and their contributions to the Library
are tremendous. They give their time, their expertise, and their friendly
smiles, all for the good of our community.
Sedona Library volunteers assist with almost every aspect of library operations,
including Board oversight, fundraising, shelving, check-in and check-out,
indoor plant and landscape maintenance, and library programs and exhibits,
to name a few. Each of our volunteers exemplifies the spirit of giving through
their selfless support.
Over the past few months, I have gotten to know a number of Sedona Public
Library volunteers. Meeting with these great people has been truly enjoyable
and honestly quite humbling. Each of them brings a wealth of experience
and knowledge that they generously offer for the benefit of our community.
In August I had the distinct pleasure of having lunch with volunteers Joe
and Sonya Landholm at their home in the Village. Mr. and Mrs. Landholm relocated
to Sedona in 1997 from Nebraska and have been volunteering at the Library
for 16 years! Sonya currently works at the front desk, checking in returned
books and organizing them on shelving carts. “I have volunteered at
other places in town,” says Sonya, “but continue with the Library
week after week because I enjoy the people and I don’t have to worry
about my work when I get home.” Her husband, Joe, has become a bit
of a legend at the Library because he is the resident expert on book repair.
You can find Joe in the back office every Tuesday with his specialized book-mending
equipment, maintaining the Library’s collection.
Marlene Conklin is another Sedona Library treasure. A bundle of energy
and enthusiasm, Marlene has been volunteering at Sedona Public Library for
24 years and truly epitomizes the mission of the Library. She loves to learn
and states she learns something new every day she spends at the Library.
Marlene is currently in charge of all donated books—as a former accountant,
she doesn’t like to see anything go to waste and works diligently
to find a home for all donations, whether in the collection, in the Friends
of the Library book sales, or on the free shelf. “The Library is the
heart of Sedona,” says Marlene. “It is always full of life and
activity.” In addition to her extensive volunteer work at the Library,
Marlene also volunteers at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Verde
Valley Archaeological Society.
In July, I met two of our youth volunteers. This was their first time volunteering
at the Library, and they enjoyed their experience in the Children’s
Room. They were very excited about learning about the community, and they
look forward to volunteering again. Both girls, along with 18 other young
teens, participated in a summer drama workshop series at the Library. Thanks
to the Friends of Sedona Library group, many teens were able to volunteer
their time to offset the cost of attending the workshop.
As Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation, said, “The most meaningful
gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the
commitment to work together to help build a better world.” As we celebrate
Thanksgiving, we would like to offer our sincere gratitude for the community’s
continued support! On behalf of the Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees
and staff, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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
Jennifer Perry is Development Director of the Sedona Public