Sedona Public Library received the 2016 Spirit of Sedona Community Collaborator Award from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona. This award recognizes the Library’s successful work in bringing groups together to benefit the community.
Library Director Virginia Volkman is honored that the Library has been acknowledged for its community engagement and service to individuals. Sedona Public Library is the third recipient of this award following the Verde Valley Medical Center in 2014 and the Rotary Club of Sedona in 2015. “We are in good company with these past recipients,” Volkman said.
Sedona Public Library, founded in 1958, is a nonprofit organization that has made a huge impact on the Sedona region for nearly 60 years. In fact, this community hub saw 200,000 residents and visitors come through the doors of the main library and the Village library last year to create, communicate, and collaborate. Often when people come in to read the news, check out a new bestseller, or admire the annual quilt show, they see someone they know or make a new friend.
The Library has been likened to the “family room” for the community. We provide something for everyone. Enhancing the lives of patrons and guests is what we’re all about. Let us know if there’s a connection we can help you make.
This important award reflects the history of strong partnerships the Library holds with numerous community organizations and professional groups. These partners provide valuable services for the community at the West Sedona location as well as in the Village of Oak Creek. Partners include Northern Arizona Healthcare, Veterans History Project, Sedona Winds Retirement Community, Arizona Humanities, Friends of Sedona Library, AARP, Oak Creek Apples Macintosh Users, the General Consulate of Mexico, and many more.
Through the Act One Culture Pass program, we collaborate with 19 organizations to offer free admission for two to museums and cultural institutions in Northern Arizona and the Phoenix region.
We sponsored over 800 free library events and gatherings last year including activities specifically for children, youth, and families; art, photography, quilt, and weaving exhibits; movie nights and literary readings; legal and computer workshops; as well as music, theater, and comedy events. Additionally, 50 nonprofit organizations used the meeting rooms throughout the year.
Even with all the hustle and bustle, the beautiful facilities offer numerous quiet spaces for reading, computer work, or research.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona’s 16th Annual Spirit of Sedona reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. For more information about this event, contact Judi Smith at 928-282-2042.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies completely upon the community to provide its programs and services. SPL is grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, Friends of the Library, businesses, foundations, and individuals like you. Please support your public library with a tax-deductible gift by visiting www.sedonalibrary.org.
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By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.