By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: January 2015
The way in which we stay informed and get information is
changing daily. News, books and research historically were accessible only
via printed materials. Today, libraries are working diligently to stay ahead
of the curve and to offer library services that are current and relevant.
Part of this process entails hearing from YOU. What is it you need? Do you
want technology training? Do you want to learn how to download e-books?
Do you need to search for employment?
To answer these questions and to plan for the future, Sedona Public Library
in the Village conducted a customer survey about library services in the
Village. Data was collected from 113 respondents during July and August
of 2014. Participants were able to complete the survey online or on
a hard copy. While this article does not include the entire results of the
survey, here are a few highlights:
- 60% visit the library on a weekly basis.
- 82% said the library is very important to them and their families.
- 90% rated customer service at SPL-V as excellent.
- 43% used computers and the printer at the library.
- 46% used the Internet at the library.
- 43% rated library facilities as good and 34% rated facilities
- 37% rated library hours of operation as fair and 39% as good.
One survey question asked what types of library programs people would
like to see offered in the Village. Computer classes were selected
by 51% and Arizona Humanities speaker programs were chosen by 51%. The
survey did not require that participants rank their selections.
Following the survey, data was compiled and shared with the SPL-V committee. After
examining and discussing the data, the committee proposed the following
recommendations to the Sedona Library board. The library board approved
the following recommendations to begin in January 2015.
- One Arizona Humanities program per month at Sedona Winds will
be funded by Sedona Friends of the Library.
- One community book discussion or book share program per month
at Sedona Winds will be facilitated by library staff.
- Saturday library hours will change. SPL-V will be open
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Plans are underway to offer a limited number of computer classes. Dates
and times will be announced.
The library would like to thank the 113 individuals who completed the
SPL-V customer survey. Your opinion matters and your input is greatly
appreciated. The library is committed to serving the needs of our
Perhaps Andrew Carnegie said it best: “A library outranks any other
one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing
spring in the desert.”
Library events in the Village:
Arizona Humanities Program: Monday, January 12 at 1:30
p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Judy Nolte Temple will present “An
Immigrant’s Struggle: The Diary of Mary ‘Mim’ Walsh.” This
program, funded by Arizona Humanities and the Sedona Friends of the Library,
is free and open to the public.
Rotating Artist Program: Drawing for the quilt raffle
to benefit Camp Soaring Eagle and Sedona Public Library in the Village will
be Friday, January 16. Winner will be notified by telephone. You still have
time to purchase your winning raffle ticket. Beginning Tuesday, January
20: “Southwest Views and Red Rocks,” oil paintings by Ellen
Perantoni, will be displayed at SPL-V. A reception for the artist will be
held Wednesday, January 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at SPL-V.
E-reader Workshop: If you need assistance downloading
free e-books from the library, stop by SPL-V on Friday, January
16, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Library volunteers will be
on hand to provide assistance with your e-reader. You do not need reservations,
but you will need to bring your e-reader, cables, library card,
and Amazon user account and password, or Apple ID. You also need to be familiar
with the basic operation of your device.
Book Share: Wednesday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona
Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Join Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of SPL-V,
to learn about the best Southwest books of 2014. Recommended reading
lists will be provided. This program is free and open to the public.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179,
Suite D-100 in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.
When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the drop
box located outside the library. If you need assistance when SPL-V is closed,
you may call the main library during their hours of operation at
928-282-7714. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603 or email@example.com if
you have questions or need directions to SPL-V. Thank you for your
continuing support of free library services in the Village.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.