Hello, Village of Oak Creek! I’m Anne Marie, the Development Director at Sedona Public Library, and I’m excited to share some news about your hometown library. April 7 is Library Giving Day, a day to celebrate and support libraries across the nation, and we’re participating for the third year in a row. I promise, this is not just another giving day. This is an opportunity to invest in building a stronger community, and it’s a wise investment at that: All gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Now that’s smart philanthropy.
In fact, it is a Village of Oak Creek resident, library patron, and philanthropist, Gordon Reiter, who has made this match possible. Gordon believes in the work that libraries do to build community, and he hopes that his gift will inspire more residents to give. Do you like to double your money? Well you can thanks to Gordon!
This Library Giving Day we’re sharing the inspiring story of Heidi Glenn and her daughter Faith, who has visited the Library since she was a baby. When she received her first library card this winter, it was a day of celebration. Heidi tells us, “Just like my mom took me to story time, I’ve brought Faith since she was tiny. She’s basically grown up with storytelling at the Library.” Heidi notes with pride that she still reads to Faith, but now Faith reads to her, too. “The Library has been important in our lives since . . . forever!”
We’re building community, one reader at a time. Young and old readers alike need library services and, of course, we offer so much more than books. For those not yet ready to come into our facilities, we offer doorway holds pickup at Bell Rock Plaza. Or visit our website where you’ll have access to online movies, classes, books, and more. We’re your 24/7 library at sedonalibrary.org.
When you support Sedona Public Library in the Village, you’re supporting the future of the library. And we’re glad that the Sedona Village Partnership, Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, and the Village of Oak Creek envision a future that includes expanded library services. To this we say, “Yes!” Our vision is to provide service to as many people as we can in Yavapai and Coconino Counties. As they say, great minds think alike.
From young readers like Faith, to parents like Heidi, and to the many seniors who have found their home here in the Village, we want everyone to enjoy the investments we make in this community. Speaking of investments, we sure hope you will consider making an investment in us on Library Giving Day, doubling your money, and directing your gift to Sedona Public Library in the Village.
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By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.