Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, and Sedona Public Library invites you to join us on December 1 for this exciting global day of generosity. When you give to your library, you give to the entire community, and this year, you’ll double your money with our matching gift.
So much has changed globally and locally this year, and continues to change. But there is one thing that simply hasn’t changed, not fundamentally. And that’s us, Sedona Public Library. Our goals here at Sedona Public Library have been to both meet the challenges of the times, and more importantly, to be the reliable and consistent force for our local community as we have been for over 60 years.
And it is your continued support for the last several decades that has allowed us to maintain our solid array of services, and to most recently advance our technology, strengthen our Wi-Fi, broaden our online presence, provide a parking lot holds pick up service, and more. We have been busy these last few crazy months meeting your safety needs and preferences, and maintaining our status as your 24/7 library. Have you seen story time on Facebook? Have you watched our online poets and readers? We’ve got so much to offer, so, really, some great things never change.
That’s why on Giving Tuesday we are launching our end-of-year campaign with an exciting twist: we have a matching gift! Your support will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $15,000, beginning on December 1 and through the end of the year. A loyal and anonymous donor made this opportunity possible as they are confident in both the Library, and the community we serve. You can double your money when you support your Library.
And if that isn’t great enough, with this year's CARES Act, your cash gift of up to $300 to Sedona Public Library may qualify for the new Temporary Universal Charitable Deduction (TUCD). According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), "Taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions can take a one-time deduction of up to $300 for gifts made to charitable organizations." As always, investing in the Library just makes sense. (Please visit with your tax expert for further information on the TUCD.)
On Giving Tuesday, a day designed to encourage people to do good, a day that has inspired hundreds of millions of people, over the last eight years, to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity, we ask that you champion Sedona Public Library, a constant that is always here for everyone in the community, no matter what. Your gifts guarantee that we are an even stronger organization and even better prepared to meet your needs as they evolve during these changing times.
However you spend this weekend, and begin this holiday season during these uncertain times, please take care of yourselves, and each other. Hug those you can often. We’ll see you online, or from behind our masks during open hours: in West Sedona, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and in the Village, beginning on December 1, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You can make your matching gift by visiting sedonalibrary.org/donate, or drop it off or in the mail at 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, 86336. Thanks, happy holidays, stay safe, and stay well.
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Sedona Public Library
Column for November 27, 2020
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much to be thankful for at Sedona Public Library. With the community’s support we serve as the heart of the community; a special place where the past is honored and future dreams are nourished.
Sedona Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community and visitors have access to engaging ideas, information services, and cultural and civic activities.
We have something for everyone, with access to over 1 million items through the Yavapai County Library Network, and our collection of over 80,000 books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and online materials. Many resources are offered in both Spanish and English. We have Wi-Fi access, computers, meeting spaces, and year-round programs for all ages.
With the coronavirus pandemic making it difficult to visit the library in the last few months, we’ve been fortunate to be able to provide items remotely and have added materials to our digital collection.
We could not succeed as your public library without your involvement and commitment. Your library was built with locally donated funds. It’s the community’s investment of their own time and money that makes this library the unique institution that it is.
Volunteers typically work 17,000 hours a year to maintain service at both the main library and SPL in the Village. That’s the equivalent of eight full-time staff members. Many volunteers work a regular schedule, while others drop in as their schedules allow. We are thankful for the time that volunteers give throughout the year.
We are very grateful for support from the City of Sedona, the funding that we receive from Yavapai and Coconino Counties through the library district property taxes, and the many individuals who make generous donations to the Library.
We also depend 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 bookstore, located next door to the Library on White Bear Road. Special thanks to the volunteers who work at the bookstore and the Friends Board of Directors: Mary Snyder, President; Anne Smith, Vice President; Ellen White, Secretary; Donna Hawk, Treasurer; and Richard Sauck, Director
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1958, administrated by our Board of Trustees: Joel DeTar, President; Daniel Gallagher, President-Elect; Sheila Hoffmeyer, Past President; Scott Bradley, Treasurer; Stephanie Giesbrecht, Secretary; and trustees, Avrum Cohen, Mary Kay DePoe, Tom Martin, and Peter Wolf.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we offer our sincere thank you for your support and patronage. On behalf of the Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees and staff, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!
Sedona Public Library
Column for November 20, 2020
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
A new StoryWalk is ready and waiting for you at Sunset Park, located at 655 Sunset Drive in Sedona. Children and adults will love the book about a badger who likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times.
Pete the badger tidies the summer flowers in the forest and he sweeps up the autumn leaves. But he has taken his neatness too far. Will Pete realize the error of his ways and set things right?
Delightfully funny characters abound in “Tidy,” Emily Gravett’s tale of overzealous neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humor. The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many comic details throughout make this a very special book.
Many local families visit StoryWalk often, finding different things to talk about each time. It has become an outdoor habit that is building a fond memory. The trail, which takes you over two bridges, and then loops back to the park, provides about 15 minutes of walking and reading outdoors.
StoryWalk® is an idea first developed by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, to promote literacy and a healthy lifestyle. StoryWalk basically consists of a deconstructed picture book that is reassembled and laminated, page by page, to be displayed along an outdoor walking path.
Walking and reading--favorite Sedona activities--make StoryWalk a perfect match for a Sedona Public Library outreach project. Also, as we strive to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning, the StoryWalk experience may inspire young parents, letting them know that they are their child’s first and best teacher. StoryWalk programs have inspired children and adults to read together in all 50 states and 11 other countries.
A local parent said it was as if his kids were on a treasure hunt. “They couldn’t wait to find the next set of pages.” Overall, he said, “It’s beautiful.”
With page one starting at Sunset Park toddler playground, young and old are encouraged to enjoy reading a children’s story book while following a half-mile, paved, accessible path where every thirty feet you will find another framed display showing two more pages of the story. Frames also offer early literacy skill-building activities in English and Spanish, to encourage further engagement with the book.
StoryWalk serves as an extension of the Library, a special service for child care providers and families with small children. To learn more about all that we offer at Sedona Public Library, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, or to make an online gift, please visit us at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for November 13, 2020
Written by Virginia Volkman, Director
Don’t miss Indie Author Day on Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Zoom. Register in advance for this free event by visiting the Library’s website (sedonalibrary.org). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.
Indie Author Day is brought to you by Verde Library Group, a partnership of Verde Valley libraries that includes Sedona Public Library, Cottonwood Public Library, and Camp Verde Community Library.
The schedule includes these sessions:
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.—Welcome, Intro to Verde Library Group and BiblioBoard
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.—Editor and Writer: A Creative Partnership
Join editor Chelsea Burk in this discussion on how an editor can be a great resource to help a writer achieve the next step for their writing. In this talk, we will explore why a writer might want to hire an editor, what to expect when working with an editor, and how to choose the right editor who will forge a creative partnership to support the writer’s unique voice, vision, and goal.
Chelsea Burk is a freelance editor and submissions manager. She was the editor-in-chief of Thin Air magazine and has taught English at both the university and high school level. She has worked on a variety of editing projects, including doctoral theses, novels, and poetry collections. You can learn more at her website: chelseaburkedits.format.com.
11:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.—BREAK
11:25 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.—To Illustrate Well or Not at All: That Is the Question
Illustrator Jan Marc Quisumbing will discuss the importance of good illustration using Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with illustrations by Berni Wrightson.
Jan Marc “The Janimal” Quisumbing is a Jersey tomato roasting in the Arizona sun. A graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, he now resides in Sedona with his family and two cats. A former newspaperman and graphic designer, he serves as the acting president of the Northern Arizona Cartoonist Association. The Janimal has been a staple at Verde Valley libraries and LibCons over the past five years. His work can be seen at thejanimal.com.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.—Small Press 101
Learn the basics of how a small press operates with David Pischke. Topics will include: what a small press does, what we look for in an author/manuscript, our editing process, making a digital manuscript into a physical book, distribution, sales, and author royalties. There will be a Q&A session following the talk.
David Pischke is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Tolsun Books, a small, independent publisher based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He also teaches middle school structured English immersion and college composition. He lives in Flagstaff with his wife and two boys and his dogs named Hilda Doo and Huckleberry.
1:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.—BREAK
1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—The End: Really the Beginning
Learn how to create action, keep momentum, and maintain success as an author with Elizabeth “Jalex” Hansen.
Hansen is the author of the bestselling YA series “Lux.” She is inspired by strong women, unsung heroes, and large amounts of ice cream. Sometimes she writes.
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm—Open Discussion for Attendees
For more information, contact Judy Poe (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jamie Shea (email@example.com), or Carson Rawlston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sedona Public Library
Column for November 6, 2020
Written by Judy Poe, Assistant Director
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