You may have recently read our magazine Check It Out or received our annual appeal letter. These important publications share information about the tremendous work Sedona Public Library does in the community. We provided lists, statistics and other data because libraries across the globe are measured by things like their number of library card holders, computer sessions, visitors, programs, etc. We are proud of the work represented in these numbers, but the most compelling stories we have to tell are from you, our library patrons. It is you, your stories, and your need for our services that make this library the heart of Sedona.
People come to the Library on a quest of one sort or another, whether to find a recent article, download a book, finish a job application, listen to an author, or meet with a business partner. The needs of our patrons serve as our directives, and we provide the resources, assistance, and information you seek, as well as the space. Our facilities offer a simple and quiet comfort for individuals, or perfect meeting rooms for small and large groups.
With Sedona Public Library’s two locations—on White Bear Road in West Sedona and at Bell Rock Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek—198,000 people come through our doors each year. And more than 20,000 items are downloaded via our website. Each visit, in person or online, from people near and far represents someone who comes to the Library for a good laugh, a good cry, a good read, or a solution to a nagging problem. You stop by, and we’re glad you do. Here are some of the stories you’ve shared.
At this time of year, when we are all bombarded with requests from nonprofits asking for toys, turkeys, coats, or cash, Sedona Public Library wants to step back and tell you that yes, we so appreciate your gifts. But more importantly, we appreciate you. We are grateful for who you are and what you bring to the Library each time you enter. Your thought-provoking questions, your careful suggestions, your spirit and curiosity make this place the lively, informative place that it is. We’re the heart of the city, and you and yours are always welcome here. Come on by, you never know what stories you’ll hear at your Library.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 or can be made online at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for December 15, 2017
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
Sedona Public Library, in partnership with Arizona Humanities, is pleased to announce the return of Arizona Speaks programs to our community. These programs will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. All presentations begin at 1:30 p.m.
We have scheduled some outstanding speakers and presentations over the next several months:
These programs, funded by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, are free and open to the public. Thanks to the Church of the Nazarene for providing the venue for Arizona Speaks programs.
For more information about Arizona Speaks programs, please contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village at 928-284-1603 or email email@example.com.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, businesses and foundations, and individuals like you. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for December 8, 2017
Written by: Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village
Celebrations galore will happen at Sedona Public Library as we greet the winter! The Library provides resources for learning about the festivals, traditions, and sacred days that will soon take place locally and globally. A favorite youth services staff tradition is hosting an annual celebration of joy and family.
This year our Happy Holiday program will be on Saturday, December 9, in the Si Birch Community Room. Beginning at 11 a.m., this all-ages program will include seasonal stories, interactive live music, snacks, and crafty activities for children. And we've invited Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!
What do you do in December to mark the season? Do you honor special days such as Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or prepare for Three Kings Day? Maybe you observe St. Lucia Day, Winter Solstice, Omisoka, or Boxing Day! December is a great time to establish new or keep up with old family traditions. It is also a perfect time for sharing stories and books that open a “window” for children, giving them a look at the diversity of celebrations and traditions of families close to home and around the world.
So many of the seasonal children’s books found in the Library are those most beautifully illustrated. The stories range from being simple to richly descriptive and informative, and sometimes the text begs to be sung out loud as in Silent Night, illustrated by Susan Jeffers; I Have a Little Dreidel, by Maxie Baum; and Feliz Navidad, by Jose Feliciano.
When you enter the Children’s Room, through the door next to the dinosaur, the books about winter celebrations are easy to find. They are all displayed on top of the picture book shelves. As you select books to take home, you may find two of my favorite seasonal titles: A Coyote Solstice Tale, by Thomas King, which won the 2010 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book, and Marta and the Manger Straw, by Virginia Kroll.
In addition to the Happy Holiday program on December 9, you may want to attend other events with your children or grandchildren. On December 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., after-school activities will include working with clay and learning how to make a 3D paper snowflake. All supplies will be provided.
Drop-in Chess Club is on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m., with Dr. B offering instruction on December 21 and 28. Chess boards, hands-on science kits, board games, and simple art supplies are available at any time in the Children’s Room. Just ask your friendly children’s librarian for help getting them out of the closet.
Story time programs happen every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning, and for an outdoor interactive reading experience visit Sunset Park playground and run to the perimeter fence. Every Autumn Comes the Bear, by Jim Arnosky, is the new picture book on display. Enjoy your library during this festive season!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of the city of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, businesses and foundations, and individuals like you. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 or can be made online at sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for December 1, 2017
Written by Karen Mack, Youth Services Librarian
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