It's the second annual national day of giving for libraries, and we've again joined hundreds of libraries across the U.S. to participate in this campaign! Thursday, April 23 is Library Giving Day, and from now until then, your gifts are doubled with $25,000 in matching gifts from two generous supporters. Please join us for this day of celebrating all things Library.
Gordon Reiter, a Village of Oak Creek resident, and one of our matching donors for Library Giving Day, appreciates the services the Library offers and the broad impact the Library has on the entire community. He says, "I am so glad to help with anything that makes the community better."
When you champion your library, you guarantee the broad array of services and resources that we make available, for free. You secure the breadth of our collection, currently at 83,000 items. And you support the cost to provide access to 1.2 million items within the Yavapai Library Network.
Our other matching gift donor, who remains anonymous, noted, “Everyone in this town comes through the Library at some time. I believe the community feels that this is truly their library, a community resource for all.” These matching dollars confirm what we know, Sedona Public Library is the cornerstone of our community.
Every day, within its beautiful rock walls, people of all ages, backgrounds, and from near and far, connect with one another and with our services, technology, and programs. Our visitors learn new things, discover new interests, seek new trails, and get started on the path to new careers and more.
We are always updating our offerings based on community needs. We now host the long-running, popular Poetry & Prose program in our community room, and we’ve added a monthly non-fiction book club. We’re looking at regularly offering the popular Saturday Crafternoon and a Drum Circle. And we’re making use of the lovely east side of the building, in front of the fireplace, where we host the American Creed Community Conversations and PFLAG.
This is only the list of some of the new things we offer to the 179,000 visitors who come through our doors every year. We are conveniently located to make sure that our services are available to all. In West Sedona, we have our main facility on White Bear Road and a permanent children’s exhibit, StoryWalk, at Sunset Park. We have a service center in the Village of Oak Creek at Bell Rock Plaza, and of course, we’re available online at sedonalibrary.org.
Everything we do, new or old, here or there, in person or electronically, all requires the support of our generous community. Please help celebrate and support your public library on April 23, Library Giving Day, when we will host a lively day of pop-up poetry featuring local poets Mary Heyborne and Christopher Fox Graham, as well as local students, staff, board members, and volunteers. Come join the fun and refreshments, read a poem, and make a gift!
Consider dropping a check in the mail, or dropping by, we’d love to visit. It’s easy to give online, too, at sedonalibrary.org. Thank you in advance for your support, and thank you to our matching gift donors!
Sedona Public Library
Column for March 20, 2020
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
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