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By: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 26, 2010

A Tribute to Longtime Library Volunteers

Volunteers are a major part of the Sedona Public Library.  We say farewell to two longtime volunteers whose presence at the library brightened lives.

Upon my return to Sedona I realized that enough years had passed that almost all the volunteers with whom I worked from 1979 to 1985 were no longer at the library.  I see many of their names, though, on a regular basis as I walk through the library.  Their names adorn the columns, the donor wall and plaques.

Allow me to attach personalities to some of those names.  Pillar 6 bears the plaque “Gift of Arthur and Faye Frost.”  As a couple they contributed much to the library. We learned from current library employee, Sylvia Frost that her mother, Faye Frost passed away on February 19, 2010. 

Faye was the volunteer who conducted story hours.  My son attended her delightful preschool programs at the Jordan Road library.  She came prepared with props, but not just any props.

As a daughter of missionaries, Faye lived in many locales, including the Far East.  Her props included Chinese dolls, which became the characters in the stories she told.  Children’s eyes lit up when her tales unfolded and they had the opportunity to hold the dolls or one of the musical instruments she shared with them.

Faye had an amazing collection of shells which she displayed at the library and which would also become part of her storytelling.  She made sure each child had the chance to hold a shell to an ear to listen to the ocean.  She allowed the children to handle a shell and feel its texture and marvel at its color and shape.

It was Faye’s gentle way and generous spirit that were as much a part of the story time experience as the stories themselves.

I knew Art Frost as the President of the Library Board of Trustees during my earlier tenure.   He was known to the academic community as Dr. Arthur A. Frost, Professor in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University and eminent scientist.  He passed away in 2002.

Art was the one who introduced the public to computers at the library.  He was the one who entered the entire library’s holdings on a database for the earliest of the library’s computer catalogs.

The Silent Waterfall is a glass wall located behind the indoor garden area in the current library building on White Bear Road.  It was created by Thomas Maze Aderhold of Scarab Glass Studio.

Three of the glass panels are dedicated to Art and Faye’s children and read respectively:  for Linda, for Sylvia, and in memory of Barbara.  A fourth panel is in honor of the 60th wedding anniversary on September 14, 1994 of Arthur and Faye Frost in loving admiration from Sylvia, Paul, Linda and Don.

Virginia Volkman, author of this week's article,
is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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