By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 3, 2015
Annual Report for Sedona Public Library
Sedona Public Library’s 2015 fiscal year ended May 31. During
this time we experienced another year of growth and change. The Library
continues to be an outstanding community resource by providing new and innovative
services and programs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
We’re proud of the following accomplishments during the year:
- Sedona Public Library was nationally recognized by “Library
Journal” magazine as a Star Rated Library. Only four libraries
in the state of Arizona received this distinction, based on statistical
measures that were higher than those of similar-sized libraries.
- The Culture Pass Program was launched, giving
library cardholders free admission to museums and cultural institutions
across the state. Since its rollout in January, we have issued
300 admission passes. Sedona is the only library in Northern
Arizona to offer this service.
- Thanks to generous funding from the Kemper and Ethel Marley
Foundation, Sedona Public Library now has a SMART Boardavailable
for classes, meetings, and other programming. The interactive
whiteboard allows users to utilize video conferencing, stream
presentations from anywhere in the world, and engage users in
real-time discussions via smartphones and tablets.
- Our 20-year-old building received an upgrade last summer when
we installed a new roof.
- In an effort to increase awareness of our services, SPL launched “Check
It Out,” the official magazine of Sedona Public Library.
The magazine was mailed to over 11,000 residents of Sedona and
the Village of Oak Creek. Other marketing efforts included
staff appearing on two television programs and hosting a Sedona
Chamber of Commerce mixer.
- We received an Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona grant
to expand our early literacy tutoring program conducted with
iPads. We also received an Arizona State Library mini-grant,
which provided approximately $400 worth of science- and engineering-themed
kits that were used for “Touching Tech” after-school
programs every Thursday in September and November.
- The rearrangement of the Children’s Room, including
new movable shelving and an interactive, early literacy skill-building
play area, was accomplished with funding from a $9,220 LSTA grant.
- A new program was initiated through collaboration with the
Oak Creek Apples Macintosh Users Group. They presented a lecture
and workshop for about 50 people each month.
- We expanded services for the Latino community. We added a
third group to our English as Second Language classes, which
doubled the number of students; added guitar instruction; increased
the number of computer classes; offered a tax forum, a visit
with representatives from the Consulate of Mexico, and an immigration
forum with immigration and family law attorney Daniel A. Rodriguez.
We also started offering bi-weekly immigration consultation services.
- Youth Services reached out to the community by visiting Head
Start classes, the YMCA after-school program, and several preschools.
Staff participated in events at Big Park Community School, Sedona
Charter School, and West Sedona School, and made class visits.
Outreach to teens was also emphasized, with staff visits to six
classes of 9 th and 10 th grade students at the high school and
promotion of the Library at meetings of the National Honor Society,
Key Club, and Student Council. Through these and other programs,
we directly informed approximately 330 young people, aged 12
to 17, about library services and teen opportunities at the Library.
- Sedona Public Library in the Village expanded its space by
relocating to a new suite in Tequa Plaza. In response to comments
from a survey, we doubled the number of Arizona Humanities programs
offered in the Village, from 6 to 12 per year. We initiated an
every-other-month book share at Sedona Winds. Expansion of outreach
services included presentations to several book clubs and to
the Kachina Retired Teachers Association.
- The Library Board completed a comprehensive review of policies.
In addition to implementing new services, Sedona Public Library strengthened
ongoing services in FY 2015. Staff, board members, and volunteers continue
to bring new ideas to our operation and attract new audiences. Volunteers
contributed approximately 17,000 hours of service to the Library last year.
Through the involvement and commitment of our community, Sedona Public Library
continues to be a successful private/public collaboration.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The land
on which our beautiful library sits was donated, and the library building
was constructed with private funds and is entirely debt-free. Donations
and grants allow us to continue to offer free and innovative services to
residents and visitors. Your tax-deductible donation is appreciated and
may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ
Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West
Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite
D-100, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours in the
Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at
928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services
that we offer.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is
also presented on Sedona
Virginia Volkman is Library Director
of the Sedona Public Library.