As Love Your Library month draws to a close, I hope you have discovered some of the many ways the Library can enrich—and even transform—your life. Sedona Public Library is a place where you can connect to a world of possibilities, and by taking advantage of the dozens of free services we provide, you and your family can enjoy a higher quality of life, save thousands of dollars every year, harness the power of information, and build lifelong friendships.
Sedona is a vibrant and ever-changing community, and the Library is continually adapting to better serve the diverse needs of residents. As we develop services to meet your needs, we take to heart a key message of the American Library Association: “Libraries today are less about what they have for people and more about what they do for and with people.” Here are just a few examples of how the Library has succeeded in transforming the lives of Sedona residents:
· A mother of two learned to understand and speak basic English by coming to the Library’s ESL classes. She is working towards her dream of being fluent so she can help her children with their school assignments.
· A 97-year-old Sedona Winds resident participated in a workshop to learn how to download free library e-books to his e-reader. No longer able to drive, this voracious reader is enjoying the convenience of accessing library books from home.
· A new resident looking for work came to the Library to use the jobs computer. Library staff helped her update her resume, and she subsequently received two job offers.
Still wondering what the Library can do for you? The last week of Love Your Library month is a great time to find out. Join us for coffee, cookies, and coloring during special hours this Sunday; watch a screening of “The Martian” on Monday evening; and get tax help from AARP volunteers on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the Village of Oak Creek, attend a discussion of the book “Water for Elephants” at Sedona Winds on Tuesday.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partially supported by the City of Sedona and Yavapai and Coconino Counties. We also require donations and grants to fund our operations. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for February 19, 2016
Written by: Elizabeth Cate, Collection Development Librarian
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.