One afternoon when I was working at the Village library, a resident came in to sign up for a library card. Being new to the area, she inquired about the best place to meet people. Without hesitation, I recommended the Library.
In my opinion, the best way to meet new people at the Library is to get involved. Whether you are new to the community or have been a resident for some time, consider volunteering at the Library or at the Friends of the Sedona Library Used Book Store. The Library offers many volunteer opportunities: work at circulation, assist with computers, shelve materials, and repair books, to name a few. Training is provided. You may also volunteer to serve on the SPL Board or the Friends of the Library Board. During the last fiscal year, our amazing library volunteers contributed 16,992 volunteer hours. You always make a difference when you volunteer.
Another great way to meet people is to attend library programs. The Library offers diverse programs for all ages. In fact, last year Sedona Public Library hosted 857 programs. Find library programs that appeal to your current interests, or explore new pastimes.
Here are a few program ideas. Attend an Arizona Humanities program, participate in a book discussion, learn more about finances with the Investment Club, star gaze with the Sirius Lookers, watch a film at the Monday night movie, or discuss a documentary at the monthly Reel Life Movie Night film series. Practice your language skills with the conversational Spanish or conversational French groups, or improve your computer skills by registering for an iPad/iPhone/Mac workshop. If you like to sew, you can join the Sit and Stitch group. Meet parents and caregivers when you take your children/grandchildren to one of the many outstanding children’s programs offered by youth services. Check out the library events calendar at www.sedonalibrary.org for more information about library programs and events.
If you cannot find any programs that spark your interest, why not offer to share a new program? The Library is always looking for ideas to expand programs and extend community outreach.
Speaking from my personal experience of working at the Library, I have met many wonderful people and made new friends. As part of my community outreach efforts, I have had opportunities to work with speakers and authors and to partner with various community organizations. In addition, I have attended workshops and conferences and networked with librarians across the state. As a result, I have grown personally and professionally. Yes, I would definitely say the Library is a great place to meet people.
With your generous contributions and support from our community, Sedona Public Library continues to fulfill its vision: to serve as the heart of the community; a special place where the past is honored and future dreams are nourished. Thank YOU for being the best part of Sedona Public Library!
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Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.