As published in the Red Rock News
Hello friends. My name is Teri Ruiz, and I am very proud and incredibly excited to be your new Program & Marketing Coordinator at Sedona Public Library! I will be your point of contact for a variety of fun and creative programs hosted by the Library, and I look forward to hearing from you about how we can be a greater part of your community life.
Are you a member of a community organization that regularly meets at the Library? If so, I’m your contact to schedule your meetings and events. Have a program idea that you’d like to offer at the Library? Give me a call and let’s talk! Does your organization want to partner with the Library on an event or series of programs to enrich and engage our community? I’m all ears!
It’s my job to plan, develop, market, and implement programs, presentations, workshops, and participatory experiences for our community. I’m also here to cultivate relationships with individuals and organizations across Sedona and the Verde Valley in order to gain insights into the needs of those we serve, and make all those wonderful connections that will help us provide educational, entertaining, and enriching programs and events for all our friends and neighbors.
In addition, you’ll see me at the library service desks and in the stacks. I can help answer your questions, update your information, and recommend something to read or watch. I’m always available to chat about your thoughts and ideas, so please, stop in and introduce yourself!
I want to take a moment to introduce myself and share with you some of the exciting plans we have for expanding and improving our programs, services, and presence in our community. We want to place the Library squarely at the heart of our community.
As part of our outreach, we thought it would be nice to re-introduce ourselves to the community. This article is the first in a series that will introduce you to our amazing library team. Each month we will highlight a different member of the library staff, asking a series of fun and enlightening questions—giving you a chance to put a face with a name when you stop in to see us. We will ask them… Where were you born? What was your first job? Are you on Team Dog or Team Cat? Have you ever seen a ghost or a UFO? What book most influenced your life view?
Here is a little about me… Some of you may know me from my work with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, where I spent the last seven years. Or maybe you have heard my voice on the radio. I am a native of southern California (Hollywood). I was a ballroom dance teacher for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and I have a cat named Lucy and had a dog named Lupe. So I bat for BOTH teams. I have never seen a ghost, but I worked in a haunted nightclub (the Comedy Store in Hollywood). The book that has most influenced my life view is “Celestine Prophecy,” by James Redfield. So now you know a little about me. I want to know more about YOU! Please come by the Library and say hello. I would love to meet you and find out what the Library can do to be of better service.
Get ready, Sedonans! Coming this Fall, you will be receiving regular calls to action from us about new, interesting, imaginative, cool, and possibly unexpected programs and events. And for anyone reading this article who has not had a chance to visit Sedona Public Library yet—what are you waiting for? Fun fact: Sedona Public Library has a pet dinosaur!
We want to get the word out! We're taking the Library out of the box and putting it into the community. Sedona Public Library is on the move, and we have so many wonderful things just over the horizon. Be sure to watch this space for exciting things to come!
Please remember that Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We gratefully welcome your support and gifts. Please visit our website, sedonalibrary.org/donate. From there you can easily make an online gift. You are invited to come by the Library to make your donation, or just drop your check in the mail to SPL, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336. Your giving is our living, and we want to thank our donors for their ongoing and generous support.
Sedona Public Library
Column for May 28, 2021
Written by Teri Ruiz, Program & Marketing Coordinator
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