Yes, it is true! Sedona Public Library in the Village, currently located in Bell Rock Plaza, will be moving to the Big Park School Library. The projected opening is early November. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to this date.
Positive response from the community has been overwhelming. Here is what library supporters are saying:
Barbara Boeh: “The move to the BP School library is a necessary step to provide greater service in the Village. In this new space the library will continue to provide information and inspiration to connect visitors, newcomers, and locals. It is a great idea for the library to join the Rotary Club’s community garden and the Village Learning Center Preschool at Big Park School. Sedona Public Library is essential to the community’s well-being.”
Rod Cashin: “I am an enthusiastic patron of Sedona Public Library in the Village. I am extremely pleased regarding the move to the Big Park Community School grounds. Having a dedicated library space with a browsing collection, study rooms, quiet reading areas and community gathering places will be a tremendous asset to the community.”
Paul Cooley: “It is great and welcoming news that the school library facility in Big Park Community School will now be leased to the Sedona Library for relocation of its Village of Oak Creek Branch. I am a firm believer that the Village of Oak Creek, where I have lived for the past eight years, should maintain a sense of community. That sense of community is greatly enhanced by a functioning library, that I understand in its new location will not only serve our VOC residents but will provide an opportunity for early childhood literacy to the Sedona Village Learning Center, also located in the Big Park Community School. What greater gift can we, as a community, bestow upon following generations than literacy and an appreciation for the wonderful world of books (and of course, now, eBooks!)?”
Lynne Sullivan: “I've become accustomed to digital library services. But, like many of my neighbors, I think something vital is lost in the cold efficiency of the process. I miss the hands-on feel of the books, the attraction of a colorful cover, and the hook of a clever blurb. And so I'm eager to explore the new VOC branch being set up in the former library at Big Park Community School. It will be convenient, full-service, and well-stocked with actual books, periodicals, and savvy staff. I can almost smell the aroma of books now!”
The library board, library staff and volunteers are excited about this opportunity. To ensure success in our new location, the library needs your financial support. Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To make a tax-deductible donation to Sedona Public Library in the Village, please visit sedonalibrary.org/donate or send your check to 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336. Be sure to designate your donation to SPL-V!
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By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.