Sedona Public Library in the Village, located at 51 Bell Rock Plaza, Suite A, is open and offering most library services; however, the browsing collection is not available at this time.
We are encouraging patrons to place holds for pickup at the VOC library. Placing a hold is easy. Here are answers to your frequently asked questions about holds.
How do I place a hold (aka reserve) on a library item?
You may place your hold online at sedonalibrary.org. Log in to your library account with your 14 digit library card number (no spaces) and your 4 digit PIN. If you do not know your PIN, you may request a link to reset it or call the library. Once you have located an item to request, click Place Hold. Before you place your hold, make sure you have selected the format you want. If you would like to pick up your hold in the Village, select VOC as your pickup location.
Can I call the library to place a hold?
If you need assistance placing a hold, please call the library.
How long will it take to get my hold?
It depends on many factors, for instance: Is the item available and on the shelf at another library? How many copies are available in the Yavapai Library Network (YLN)? Which is the owning library? How often does the library send out holds to other libraries? Is the item popular?
If my hold is in transit, can I pick it up today?
In transit means the hold is on its way from another library. It could take two days or two weeks. You will be notified when your hold has arrived and is available for pickup.
How will I be notified when my hold has arrived?
You will be notified by email or phone when your hold is ready for pickup. If your email address or phone number has changed, it is important to update your patron account. Please call or stop by the library to update this information.
How long will you keep my hold?
Once you have been notified that your hold is available, it will remain on the hold shelf for ten days. If you no longer want the hold, please remove it from your account. Call the library if you need assistance removing a hold. There may be others waiting for this item.
Where is my hold? I have been waiting for a long time and have not moved in the queue.
The item you have requested may be missing. Your hold will not be removed for one year in case the item turns up. You may have requested a new item that is in process and shows as “available soon.” It never hurts to check the status of your holds. Perhaps only one library owns the item you have requested.
How can I keep my holds from arriving at the same time or when I am out of town?
You can suspend your holds. The Suspend Holds feature allows you to pause your holds without losing your place in line.
If you need assistance locating a title, placing a hold, renewing your checked out titles, receiving your PIN, or updating your account information, you may find it easier and quicker to call the library. For more information about library services in the Village, call 928-284-1603 or email email@example.com. We’re here to help.
Sedona Public Library
Column for October 30, 2020
Written by Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village
This year, October 18–24 is the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. Sedona Public Library takes this time to thank the Friends of the Sedona Library, who contribute so much of their time and expertise and this year has contributed $100,000 to the Library.
Our Friends group was started in 1964 and officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in November 1967. Donations and memberships are deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
The mission of the Friends of the Sedona Library is to support the Sedona Public Library as it strives to encourage literacy, lifelong learning, and the love of reading throughout our diverse community; to enhance the Library’s resources, increase the community’s access to information and knowledge; to provide for a vibrant cultural gathering place, and cultivate a sense of public involvement through volunteering for the community.
For over 50 years we have depended on annual support from Friends of the Sedona Library. Thank you to all who support the Library through membership in the Friends group and who shop at the Friends Used Book Store, located next door to the Library on White Bear Road.
The books that are offered at the store come from the existing library collection when they are no longer needed by the Library and from ongoing donations from the community. Donations of books are accepted at the book store during regular hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appropriate face coverings and social distancing are required of all customers and volunteer staff.
Special sales are going on at the store for the rest of October: Half-price on gardening, self-help and reference books; Buy One, Get One free for all fiction. And it was just announced that the BOGO sale on fiction will continue through November and December.
The Friends are kicking off the holiday season at the book store with special displays of books that feature holiday entertainment and decorating ideas, with a large selection of holiday cookbooks.
There are also themed gift baskets that include an assortment of books and other goodies. You will also find ten-dollar gift certificates for your favorite reader, an assortment of puzzles, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and blank journal books.
The store is also featuring special ornaments that have been creatively handcrafted by bookstore volunteers from recycled book pages. However you celebrate and decorate, the ornaments are meant to bring a bit of joy to any occasion.
To support the goals of the Friends, you are cordially invited to join. To do so, please pick up a membership form at the Library or book store or visit the library website: www.sedonalibrary.org.
Members of the Friends Board of Directors are Mary Snyder, President; Anne Smith, Vice President; Ellen White, Secretary; Donna Hawk, Treasurer; and Richard Sauck, Director. We take this time to offer a special thank you to the Board and the volunteers who work at the book store.
Sedona Public Library
Column for October 23, 2020
Written by: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
The days are just right for a walk in the park. And what better way to enjoy a book than reading it outside? Combine the two and you get StoryWalk®, a safe activity that all ages can experience on a paved, half-mile path.
For another few weeks you can enjoy the Library’s current StoryWalk display “Thank You, Omu!” at Sunset Park, 655 Sunset Drive, in Sedona. It’s a heartwarming story about community, giving, and friendship. Omu is pronounced “Ah-Moo'' and means “queen” in the Igbo language of Nigeria. Author Oge Mora’s cut-paper collage illustrations complement the story beautifully. A different StoryWalk will be installed at the park the second week of November.
You can now install your own StoryWalk! Sedona Public Library offers take-home StoryWalk kits with stories that have been featured at the park. Each story is contained in a large plastic tote and includes individually laminated pages of an entire storybook. The 18 laminated posters can be set up indoors or outdoors, and clips for hanging them are also available to check out. Children and adults can read the story and enjoy the activities/literacy tips on each poster at home, preschools, and other locations.
StoryWalk kits feature these books:
“In the Middle of Fall,” by Kevin Henkes
“How Big Is the World,” by Britta Teckentrup
“Bear Can’t Sleep,” by Karma Wilson
“The Seed and the Giant Saguaro,” by Jennifer Ward
“Some Smug Slug,” by Pamela Duncan Edwards
“After the Fall,” by Dan Santat
“Little Green,” by Keith Baker
Be sure to visit the children’s room when you come to the Library and enjoy the Halloween book selections and decorations, and pick up take-home Halloween-themed word searches and coloring pages. During Halloween week, a Grab & Go craft kit and other goodies will be available.
Online programming continues this fall! The Library is pleased to present "Music Everywhere with Annette” on our Facebook page. Join Miss Annette for a virtual picnic and the "Apples and Bananas Song" at Sedona Heritage Museum. Sing, dance, and play in the apple orchard, be amazed at the antique farm equipment, and have fun practicing your vowels and sign language! Also join Miss Marcia on the Library’s website or Facebook page for fall and Halloween online story times.
And don't forget about the online Spooktacular costume contest! Submit photos of your costume to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to show us your costume, you are welcome to wear it to the Library and we will submit your photo for you.
Sedona Public Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Please support your library by visiting our website at sedonalibrary.org/donate to make an online donation, or mail your gift to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona AZ 86336. Thank you!
Sedona Public Library
Column for October 16, 2020
Written by Viviane Kraus, Youth Services Librarian
Sedona Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Tech2Go, a FREE technology lending service. With Tech2Go, Sedona Library cardholders will be able to check out Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebook laptops for use at home or on the go.
Wi-Fi hotspots allow portable, wireless access to the internet on your tablet, smartphone, or laptop computer. Coverage may be limited in certain areas where there is no clear access to a nearby Sprint/T-Mobile tower. Each Wi-Fi hotspot can connect to four devices simultaneously.
Chromebooks are easy-to-use, lightweight laptops that run the Chrome operating system, which is similar to the Chrome web browser. They will be available to check out soon.
Borrowing Wi-Fi Hotspots:
Usage and Policies: Patrons must agree to the terms of the Wi-Fi Hotspot Checkout Agreement as well as comply with the Library's Internet Usage Policy.
Sedona Public Library hotspots are paid for by a generous grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The land on which our beautiful library sits was donated, and the library building was constructed with private funds and is entirely debt-free. Donations and grants allow us to continue to offer free and innovative services to residents and visitors. Your donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336, or you may donate online.
Sedona Public Library
Column for October 9, 2020
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
The seasons are changing, days are growing longer and cooler, and Halloween is just around the corner. With it comes Sedona Public Library’s annual fall celebration! And since nothing is normal this year, we’re following suit with our first ever Spooktacular Online! Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun on Friday, October 30. We’ve got a great lineup again this year, and all you’ll have to do is visit our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or our website for nonstop posts and Halloween celebration.
Prepare for a day of family-friendly pop-up spooky readings! We’ll show videos throughout the day of patrons, staff, board members, students, local stars, and maybe YOU reading something fun, spooky, historic, poignant or hilarious, all themed for Halloween, autumn, or Día de los Muertos. There are so many options! We already have commitments from our new Youth Services Director Viviane Kraus, Arizona writers Jesse Sensibar and Gary Every, and yours truly, Anne Marie. Will you join the fun? Just email Anne Marie for more information.
Last year’s photo booth was a hoot! So this year, we’re hosting an online photo contest. Sharpen your selfie skills, and snap pictures of you and yours in costume, in character, or just hanging out and celebrating the season. Dress up as your favorite literary character, get a group shot of your family carving a pumpkin, dust off those silly wigs, and stand on your heads. The sky’s the limit, just have fun, and remember, there will be prizes for the Cutest, Scariest, and Most Unique photos. Send your entries and questions to email@example.com.
What would a family event at the Library be without story times? Our wonderful youth services staff, and special guests, will be reading children’s books for you and yours to enjoy! We’ll also have grab & go craft kits available Halloween week, and we’ll post instructional videos on our website. Be sure to send us a photo of you and your creations so we can post them on our website. This is going to be a spectacular Spooktacular!
And if you’re looking for good reads, music, movies, or other Halloween-themed items from our collection, watch for our display in the Library, where you can browse from Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. (Masks and social distancing required.) We’ll also post our recommendation list on our website, so if you don’t want to come in, just browse the list, put your selected items on hold and when they’re in, you can pick them up in our parking lot!
So much has been cancelled this year, but as your 24/7 library, we make our services and collection available online all the time! Watch for updates to our Spooktacular plan as we work to create an event that guarantees your holiday is as fun, and as safe, as it can be.
Your library is one community staple that didn’t disappear during COVID-19. If you haven’t yet explored all that we offer from our website, please visit sedonalibrary.org, and from there you’ll find that you can check out books or magazines, take a class, watch a movie, learn a language, and celebrate Spooktacular Online!
It’s with your support that we can so reliably be your 24/7 library, and our technology just keeps improving. Since March of this year we’ve replaced all of our computers in West Sedona, installed Wi-Fi extenders across our building and parking lot, and we’re almost ready to check out Chromebooks and hot spots to those who need them. We’re not only meeting the community’s technology and information needs, but your celebration needs, too!
So please, join us for the first ever Spooktacular Online, and while you’re on our website, consider making an online gift! It’s easy at sedonalibrary.org/donate.
You need a great library, especially during these trying times, and we need your support. Thank you. For more information about Spooktacular Online, or supporting Sedona Public Library, please contact Anne Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon!
Sedona Public Library
Column for Friday, October 2, 2020
Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.