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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 25, 2012

Join us for the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, complete with games, stories, and a puppet show, on Friday, June 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Si Birch Community Room.

Library Celebrates Anniversary on June 6

It was 18 years ago -- June 6, 1994 -- that the Sedona Public Library opened its doors for business on White Bear Road in West Sedona.  To celebrate that anniversary, the Library will hold an Anniversary Party on Wednesday, June 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard near the fireplace.

Events include refreshments and the unveiling of the new, 30-foot courtyard mural, which was designed and painted by Sedona Red Rock High School senior art students under the direction of artist and Library Trustee Gary Rubin.

The four very talented students who created the mural are Stacy Hernandez, Kelsey Smith, Luz Wallace and Ismea Westerveld.  They have illustrated how great literature takes on its own life in the reader’s mind, and made books come alive.

The current library building was built entirely through donations.  As a fund-raising effort, the Library offered donors the opportunity to name sections of the new library.  As you wander through the building, names appear on columns big and small, and different areas of the building. 

The plaque in the courtyard reads:  “Gift of Ken and Mary Nolan.” They generously contributed to the building fund to help complete the construction of the new building.  It replaced the smaller library on Jordan Road, which met the needs of the community from 1969 until June 1994.

Other donors contributed through the purchase of tiles that were located in the courtyard.  Unfortunately, the tiles faded in the strong Sedona sunshine, and they could not be restored.  The mural will replace the tiles, and a plaque will be created with the names that were on the tiles in the courtyard. 

In his speech at the groundbreaking for the Jordan Road building in 1968, Senator Barry Goldwater  joined other local dignitaries at the ceremony and applauded the whole community for its efforts in making the library a reality.  He commended them for constructing a library “without leaning on the government to do it for them.” 

26 years later, Goldwater cut the ribbon to officially open the new library on White Bear Road.  He said, “You’ve done so much in your community – the high quality of the residents you attract, the excellent schools, the way you continue to promote the beautiful scenery… I just want to pay my respects to this community and the leadership that created this building.”

The Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees and staff are proud of the contributions our library has made to Sedona and the surrounding communities, since its founding in 1958.  As our vision states, the library is a special place where the past is honored and future dreams are nourished.  To that aim, we have a special day planned and hope you will join us in the celebration on June 6, at 3250 White Bear Road in West Sedona.

Please help us celebrate how this library became what it is today and the future budding artists who have enhanced our environment for the pleasure of the community.

The Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants.  Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to:  Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

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