As published in the Red Rock News
Sedona Public Library is happy to announce that beginning on Monday, April 5, we will return to regular hours in both west Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Along with the new hours, we have other exciting news and events. A sense of returning to normal is in the air, and while we are being very careful, we are also excited to increase our services to the wonderful community of Sedona.
LIBRARY HOURS: In west Sedona we will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays, we will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. We will be closed on Sundays. In the Village of Oak Creek at Bell Rock Plaza, beginning on Tuesday, April 6, we will be open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We will be closed on Sundays.
COMMUNITY SAFETY CONTINUES: Masks and social distancing are still required at both library locations, and regular hand sanitizing is requested. Curbside holds pickup will be available in west Sedona from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. during open hours, and doorway holds pickup will be available at Sedona Public Library in the Village during open hours.
We are pleased to remind you that for the safety of our patrons, the air and surfaces at the library in west Sedona are protected 24/7 with Active Pure Technology air scrubbers. This system reduces over 99.9% of SARS and COV-2 viruses, bacteria, and mold. Sedona Public Library gladly made this investment last fall to improve comfort and confidence for our patrons and the community.
POETRY MONTH: April is National Poetry Month, and as always we are celebrating poetry at Sedona Public Library. Please enjoy our haiku table, where we celebrate this centuries-old form of Japanese poetry designed to capture natural images in 17 syllables. This interactive display is a first for the Library, and we invite you to learn about haikus and write one yourself. Cards for writing your poems will be provided, and a haiku hanging display will be available for those who want to publish their work.
In Youth Services, we have our new Poem in Your Pocket Day. It’s on April 29, but we will celebrate all month long. Stop by and choose a poem and pick a handmade pocket where you can store your poem for reading, memorizing, sharing, and keeping forever. If you feel inspired, you can write your own poem or copy your favorite poem for someone else to put in their pocket.
We also invite you to join in crafting our community poem. We’d love for you to come in and add a word or two—here’s what we have so far: “I want euphoria and corona to end!/Yesterday, unbelievable things…”
Finally, we will also have poetry books on display, poetry story time online, as well as our carefully curated list of favorite poetry books. Come on in and help us celebrate poetry!
THE RED ROCKS: If you haven’t been in for a while, or even if you have, have you visited our Geologic Timeline Pillar? Can you name the nine layers of rock that make Sedona the gorgeous geologic landmark that it is? They’re beautifully displayed on this pillar designed and created by Paul and Phyllis Lindberg. It’s one of our most beautiful, and sturdiest, collections.
SPANISH FAMILY AREA: We’ve been rearranging collections and improving signage. Finding your way is easier than ever, but if you can’t find something, just let us know—we’ll get you there. One improvement we’re excited to offer is the new location for our collection of books in Spanish. It’s now conveniently located right outside our Quiet Study and furnished with tables and chairs for your convenience and enjoyment. Leer con nosotros!
SUPPORTING YOUR LIBRARY: One of the Library’s TOP supporters is Friends of the Sedona Library, Inc. The Friends of the Library used book store is a major source of support for Sedona Public Library. When you shop at their store, you support us! It's a win-win! April specials are: 50% off art, sports, science, and travel books! Happy shopping!
Finally, we thought you should know the staff at Sedona Public Library thinks supporting the Library is so important, we got together and made a Library Giving Day gift. One hundred percent of us pooled our funds and collectively made a gift of a thousand dollars. Staff was so inspired that we decided to turn our gift into a matching grant—bringing the matching grant total to $21,000! We think making a matching gift is a wise investment in one of the best resources in all of Sedona. We hope you agree. Come on by for Library Giving Day, April 7, and celebrate the Library with us. See you then!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gifts are tax deductible and can be made in person at either location, online at sedonalibrary.org/donate, or mailed to 3250 White Bear Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336. It is with support from the City of Sedona, both Yavapai and Coconino Counties, the Friends, foundations, and individuals like you that we can do the important work in the community that we do. Thank you.
Sedona Public Library
Column for April 2, 2021
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News.