Save the date! Sedona Public Library in the Village is having a Love Your Library Open House on Wednesday, February 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Stop by to check out our new location, enjoy some refreshments, and enter our raffle to win a Kindle Fire HD. Special thanks to Friends of the Library for providing funds to purchase the Kindle Fire for this special event.
In the fall of 2015, the Village library relocated from Tequa and opened at the new location at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library patrons, volunteers, and staff seem to be very pleased with the new library service center, located between the Fitzpatrick Law Office and the Verde Valley Medical Labs. Statistics for SPL-V from the Library Director’s report for December 2015 show an increase in circulation, number of cards issued, and traffic.
We have another outstanding Arizona Humanities program scheduled in February. In observance of Black History month, Dr. Akua Duku Anoyke will present “African American Pioneers of Arizona,” on Wednesday, February 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. This presentation, funded by the Friends of the Sedona Library and the Arizona Humanities, is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. Special thanks to Sedona Winds Retirement Community for providing our meeting space. Please note: parking and seating are limited at Sedona Winds.
During this presentation, Dr. Anoyke will share compelling documentaries based on interviews to tell the stories of prominent African Americans who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona. Such luminaries include the late Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Betty Fairfax, Judge Jean Williams, Rev. Warren Stewart, Councilman Calvin Goode and Carol Coles Henry. Each individual’s life is portrayed through prominent events that took place in Arizona and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural and political lives of the state.
Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village. Your generous donations, designated specifically for Sedona Public Library in the Village, assist with funding daily operations of the Village library. Another way to support the Library is by joining Friends of the Sedona Library. The 2016 membership campaign is underway. You may pick up your application and return it to SPL-V. The Friends provide more than $100,000 annually toward the Library's budget. They also providing funding for the Arizona Humanities programs in the Village. These programs are free and open to the public. Book sales and other fundraisers bring in more than half of this amount, but the membership drive is still a priority. Your financial assistance is much appreciated. It's a valuable investment in your Library's future.
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By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.