We are excited to announce that Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) has resumed its regular operating hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. You may return materials from Sedona Public Library (and all other libraries in the Yavapai Library Network) in the book drop box available at the Village location.
The book drop is intended for use after hours. When using the book drop box for your returns, it is a good idea to put magazines, CD books, and DVDs in a bag to protect them. Thank you for your assistance in keeping library materials in good condition. Return materials inside when we are open.
To ensure your safety and the safety of our library volunteers and staff, we will continue to restrict access to the building. The browsing collection located inside will not be available. Items can be ordered from any computer with internet access via the Sedona Public Library online catalog and picked up at SPL in the Village. Don’t forget to designate your pick-up location as VOC.
When you have been notified that your holds have arrived and you are ready to pick them up, come to the door and give us your name. While it is not necessary to call in advance, it expedites the process if you are picking up several items. You do not need to call if you are returning items.
Patrons and visitors may use free computers to access the internet. We currently have three computers for public use. Computers are available on a first come first served basis. Masks are required and computer sessions are limited to thirty minutes.
SPL-V has free Wi-Fi available. If you bring your own laptop, you will need to use the Wi-Fi outside. Please see staff for the Wi-Fi password.
The Village location also offers printing, scanning, and faxing with our self-service Library Document Station. Print and scan documents for 10 cents a page. The cost to fax is $1.00 per page. We do not receive faxes. We also have a self-service copy machine available. Copies are 10 cents per page.
Thanks to our community for continuing to support library services in the Village of Oak Creek during these challenging times. Our library supporters were most generous on Library Giving Day. On April 27, Clark’s Market designated Sedona Public Library in the Village as the recipient of their Non-Profit Monday program. Thanks to Dave Miller, Manager, and the employees of Clark’s for encouraging shoppers to support the Library. Total receipts exceeded $1,600—all for the Village library!
Without you, we would not be able to offer library services in the Village of Oak Creek. We look forward to seeing you at the Village library soon!
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. If you need assistance call 928-284-1603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 26, 2020
Written by Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village
At Sedona Public Library, we’re responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by serving the community in innovative ways. We’re providing additional online resources and programs, delivering items to patrons through curbside pickup, and establishing safe reopening procedures.
Additionally, we’ve secured grant funding for these new items:
I’d also like to highlight the Library’s youth services department, which is finding creative ways to provide traditional services. The 2020 summer reading challenge has begun, and staff are giving out summer reading kits to children and teens. Each kit contains a reading log, reading log stickers, bilingual instructions, an activity or two, and a free book. Summer reading packets are available at the Library from 2 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For three weeks, youth services librarian Karen Mack also gave out summer reading kits at the Sedona Community Food Bank. Having a Sedona Library table set up at the busy Wednesday food distributions turned out to be a beautiful way to connect children with new books and the summer reading challenge. It also gave Karen a chance to talk to many adults about the Library. We will build on this outreach and explore other ways to reach underserved and non-library users.
Additionally, a new StoryWalk exhibit went up in May, and many people have expressed thanks to the Library for offering this outdoor reading adventure.
Story time for youth continues online. Check the Library’s Facebook page and website often for new stories read by Miss Marcia and Miss Karen.
The Library will gradually continue to expand services in a safe and orderly manner in the coming weeks. We appreciate the community’s support as we look for new ways to serve you better.
Sedona Public Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Please support your library by visiting the Library’s website at sedonalibrary.org/donate to make an online donation or mail to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 19, 2020
Written by Virginia Volkman, Director
Thanks to a new feature from OverDrive, Sedona Library patrons will now be able to browse and check out ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from Arizona libraries as far flung as Tempe, Buckeye, and Yuma. As you skim this expanded collection, you’ll see fresh and unfamiliar digital titles. If you see a title listed on a partnering library’s OverDrive site, it’s available to check out.
Libraries across the state can now offer their available (not checked out or on hold) digital titles to patrons from other parts of the state through a reciprocal lending agreement. Sedona Public Library cardholders can now borrow OverDrive titles from five partnering Arizona libraries and networks: Tempe Public Library, Yuma County Library District, Cochise County Library District, the Little Libraries That Could Consortium, and the Southwest Valley Library Consortium.
With this exciting new service, you have 75,000 unique digital books to choose from, including titles across a wide spectrum of subjects. You can check out your digital books using a web browser or with the Libby or OverDrive app on a mobile device. Checkouts at one partner library do not impact limits at another partner library. There may be other lending guidelines determined by the partner library.
Browsing a partner library’s digital collection is easy. From a web browser or the OverDrive app, simply select a library from the partner library list and sign in using your card number. From the Libby app, select Add a Library, search for and select one of our partnering libraries, and then sign in. If you need help, contact the reference desk at 928-282-7714, ext. 114.
By taking advantage of our expanded digital collection, you might find an available title that you’re on hold for in Yavapai County. For example, I searched for “Where the Crawdads Sing” and found an available copy from the Yuma County Library District. By checking it out, I can avoid waiting in line for a copy from the Yavapai Library Network. Note that only titles that are not checked out will be visible in our partner libraries’ OverDrive collections, and you will not be able to place holds on digital materials from outside Yavapai County. So check our partner libraries’ collections often for newly available titles.
OverDrive ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from the Library are free, and you can access them 24/7 from the comfort of your home. If you’re new to OverDrive and need help get started, contact the Library or visit our website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 12, 2020
Written by Andrea Lhotka, Adult Services Librarian
Sedona Public Library has gradually been reopening and will continue to expand services in a safe and orderly manner in the coming weeks.
We have been offering curbside holds pickup since May 6. As we deliver materials we’re greeted with effusive thanks—gratitude to have DVDs, audiobooks, and books—for watching, listening, and reading pleasure; for inspiration, education, and entertainment. And the recipients offer their thanks that we’re doing it in a cautious and safe manner.
We added computer use and Wi-Fi access in the Library on May 18, as the next phase of our opening. Library staff is grateful for the ongoing support and cooperation of the community. With your help, the Library will continue to expand services, with the maximum number of people allowed in the building determined by social distancing guidelines.
Now that more protective supplies are in place to limit COVID-19 exposure risks (last to arrive were the sneeze guards), we are able to add both browsing the collection and self-checkout to available services.
The Library is now open for the following hours and services:
SEDONA PUBLIC LIBRARY in West Sedona
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Curbside pickup for items available on hold: call 928-282-7714 from the parking lot and give us your library card number and pin. Items will be checked out and brought to you.
Monday through Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Use the Library’s computers or take advantage of indoor Wi-Fi access with your own device. A reduced number of computers will be available to allow for adequate social distancing. During the afternoon hours, you can also browse the collection and check out the items you’ve chosen as well as check out your items on hold.
VILLAGE LIBRARY in Bell Rock Plaza
Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Curbside pickup for items available on hold: call 928-284-1603 from the parking lot and then come to the door to pick up. You can also use the Library’s computers, printing, and fax service during the open hours.
Please know that our top priority is to provide a healthy and safe environment for our volunteers, employees, and, of course, you.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work together in new ways. We hope you’re as excited as we are about reopening. Since our faces will be covered, you won’t see our smiles, but be assured, we will be happy to see you.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 5, 2020
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
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