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By: Charlene Lipka, President of the Friends of the Library
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 12, 2009

Community Supports Library Through Book Donations and Sales

Among the most popular activities at the Sedona Public Library are our semiannual book sales presented by Friends of the Library (FOL). They always draw large crowds, including out-of-staters who schedule visits to coincide with our sales. Proceeds from the book sales are a vital part of the Library’s annual budget. They’re used to buy new items for our collection and fund the Summer Reading Program and other children’s and community programs.

The items offered through these sales come from the existing Library collection that’s always being refreshed and from donations. Members of the Sedona community are extremely generous, and we also receive donations from patrons and friends who live outside the local community and state. If you’re moving to or from the Sedona/Verde Valley area, we’ll pick up collections you want to donate. Call the Book Sale Committee at 282-7714 or visit the Library to provide details of a special collection you’d like to donate.

Books can be donated during regular Library hours at the Circulation Desk. Just ask, and a volunteer will assist you.

We gladly accept donations based on the following guidelines:

What we would like to receive:

  • Gently used hardcover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults
  • Antique or collectible books regardless of condition, including first editions and autographed copies
  • Commercially recorded audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs
  • Magazines (particularly magazines for the current year, collectible issues and magazines of local interest)

Please do not give us:

  • National Geographic Magazines
  • Arizona Highways Magazines
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • School textbooks
  • Travel guides, investing, health or diet books older than 5 years
  • Encyclopedias more than 20 years old

All donations are tax deductible. We’re unable to assign a dollar value, but we will give you a receipt.

Few people realize how much work the FOL volunteers put into getting ready for our book sales. We’re always in need of volunteers who can price and shelve donations. We have a great need for those who can work the book sales during the day and early evenings. In addition to cashiering, volunteers keep the tables neat and help shoppers find the selections they want. We also need volunteers to help us set up a few days in advance of each sale and pack up unsold items the day after a sale.

For those of you who enjoy interacting with friends and community members, working the book sales provides an excellent opportunity to perform a great service. Volunteers who have advertising experience in design and print layout are needed to help create advertising in both print and Internet media. If you have computer and Internet experience, you can do research for pricing and online sales.

Volunteers need not spend more than a few hours a week to make an impact for these sales. Whether you’re in high school, young or older, if you have some extra time on your hands, we can certainly use you! Call the Library at 282-7714 to volunteer for the FOL Book Sale Committee.

Here are the dates for our remaining book sales this year:

  • August Mini Book Sale 3 – 9: Summer Reading Bonanza
  • October Book Sale 16: Preview Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open to FOL members, invited guests and Library volunteers. 17 – 25: Fall Book Sale. Open to the Public during regular Library hours.
  • December Mini Book Sale 7 – 13: Children’s, Holiday and Gift Books
  • Ongoing Hard Cover Book Sale

Check out the new book sale area in the foyer outside the Si Birch Community Room. The collection of new or nearly new books is organized by category — mystery and fiction — in alphabetical order. These books are available at prices ranging from $3 - $8 with most at $5 and are a real value for patrons who want to own hard cover books.

In addition to book sales at the Library, FOL sells books online through Amazon and Ebay. New this year are virtual book sales on the Library’s Web site. Interesting and unique books are available for purchase by email. For example, recent selections include “The Arizona Biltmore Hotel History and Guide” published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in 1974 and illustrated with some of Lloyd Wright’s original renderings. Or music lovers might like “NBC Began with Great Music” by the National Broadcasting Company, a monograph celebrating the 11th anniversary of NBC and its relationship with classical music. The selection is updated frequently, so visit us regularly at

And be sure to visit the Library during our book sales. We always offer lots of bargains, and you might find the perfect gift.

Library Board Holds Annual Meeting

The Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m. in the Si Birch Community Room. The annual meeting is open to the public. New Library Director Virginia Volkman will be introduced. New trustees and officers for the 2009 - 2010 fiscal year will be elected.

Charlene Lipka, author of this week's article,
is President of the Friends of the Sedona Library, Inc.

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