As published in the Red Rock News
Your ten minutes of fame are nigh! That’s right! In fact, you can permanently etch your legacy into the Library Courtyard when you purchase a paver for the patio. And everyone who’s anyone—as everyone is in Sedona—will see your name!
Wait, what courtyard you ask? The 18,000-square-foot courtyard we’re building this spring with a paved patio that will offer opportunities for outdoor programs for all ages. Need a pretty place to read, study, or meet a friend and share a brown bag lunch? This Courtyard will provide the perfect location. It will be safe and comfy, offer seats in the sun or the shade, with tables and umbrellas, and there will be strong Wi-Fi!
We all know how much we love to be outdoors in Sedona; we all know how the pandemic has led to too much time indoors; and we’re weary of the crowds we face at the many popular trailheads and overlooks. These lessons led to an amazing solution: The Library Courtyard! Outdoor library space is not just something the community wants, it is something the community needs!
When we conducted our Community Needs Assessment a year ago, you told us loud and clear that outdoor, accessible, non-touristy, beautiful meeting space was high on your priority list. A place where you could connect and engage. And that’s what we’re all about. As your Library, we promise to connect, engage, and inspire our community. And what better way than to offer a beautiful space, right out our back door?
Not only will the Courtyard connect to the Library’s back entrance, but it will lead right to the front door of the Friends’ Bookstore. The Friends are excited that this outdoor space will serve to reflect 55 years of Library support, and soon this historic relationship will literally have a concrete connection. Plans are in the works for a patio party commemorating the Friends 55th anniversary AND the Bookstore’s 5th birthday. Stay tuned and be ready to celebrate!
All this, and you can own a piece of it when you purchase pavers to commemorate an anniversary, a birthday, favorite authors, inspiring poets, a pet, or how about your favorite Friend or Librarian? Library Director Judy Poe will remember her beloved dog Taloulah; Jan Quisumbing will honor his New Jersey roots. I will pay tribute to my daughters. What will your paver(s) say?
We have three sizes of pavers at introductory prices, so get them now before the prices go up. Choices include: 12”x12” with four lines of text, 18 characters per line for $400; 6”x12” with three lines and 18 characters per line for $250; and 6”x6” with two lines of text, 9 characters per line for $100. (Characters include spaces and punctuation.)
Paver order forms are available at both Libraries and on our website. Forms can be dropped off at both locations, or forms can be mailed to 3250 White Bear Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336. For charge card payments, please use our website at sedonalibrary.org/donate. All text must be approved by the Library. The Library can’t guarantee either location or stone color of any etched paver.
If you’re interested in sponsoring a larger section of the Courtyard, give me a call. There are plenty of large areas on the patio within the Courtyard where you can claim your fame and make your Library legacy in a big way. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in the Courtyard!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gifts supplement the funding and support we receive from the City of Sedona, Coconino and Yavapai County property taxes, and Friends of the Sedona Library. Visit sedonalibrary.org/donate to learn more. Thank you!
Sedona Public Library
Column for February 25, 2022
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News.