By: Diane Schwilling Member of the Marketing Committee
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 10, 2010
Village Library Manager Dotte Vande Linde to Retire
When Dotte Vande Linde moved to the Village of Oak Creek in 1994, she thought she had retired. The first year, she worked with her son Armand in a coffee shop and kitchen store he owned in Tlaquepaque. Then he sold the businesses, and she began volunteering at Sedona Public Library.
“I kept adding more and more shifts,” Dotte said. “Finally someone asked me why I didn’t just apply for a job since I spent so much time at the Library.”
In 2003, when the volunteer coordinator position opened up, Dotte applied for the part-time job and got it. Then in 2005, when SPL In the Village opened, she was the natural choice for site manager.
Dotte has become a familiar smiling face for everyone who visits the Village site. And whenever she takes a day or two off, her replacement can count on hearing, “Where’s Dotte?” numerous times.
Now, Dotte finally is ready to retire. Her last day will be Saturday, September 18. But she won’t be completely leaving the library. Dotte still will be available to fill in for people on vacation.
“I’ve very much enjoyed my time with the Library,” Dotte said. “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet people in the community. And while I want more time to spend visiting my family, who are spread from Paraguay, South America, to London, England, I hope to continue my relationship with the Library.”
Dotte came to the Village from West Virginia, where she was a chemist for 25 years with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources. She also spent two years in Africa with her family while her husband was teaching at Soroti College in Uganda. Dotte taught freshman chemistry at the college for six months.
While in West Virginia, Dotte was on the state board of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization, which promotes educational opportunities for women) for six years and active in her church. She has continued to be involved in PEO and the Christ Lutheran Church since moving here.
Dotte also works the polls for elections and serves on the Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District board. She was on the VOCA Planning and Zoning Committee for many years. It’s no wonder nearly everyone in the Village seems to know her.
Cheryl Landis Yeatts will replace Dotte as SPL In the Village site manager. Cheryl was library media teacher for West Sedona School from 1995 through this year. Before moving to Sedona, Cheryl was seventh grade language arts teacher at Liberty Junior School in Liberty Township, Ohio.
Stop in at SPL In the Village during the week of September 14 to wish Dotte well and meet Cheryl.
SPL In the Village is located at 56 Cortez Drive, Suite C, in the courtyard next to Village Accounting Services and across the street from the U.S. Post Office. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sedona Public Library opened SPL In the Village (originally called the Village Service Center) in December 2005. Now 1,600 people visit each month to pick up items they’ve ordered through the Yavapai County Network, return items from any library in the Network or use the public Internet access computers. Unreserved items that are returned each day can be checked out. The Center is a WiFi location, and many people bring their laptops for free wireless access. SPL In the Village has no circulating collection of its own. Items can be ordered via the Sedona Public Library catalog, www.sedonalibrary.org, and picked up at SPL In the Village.
Sedona Public Library policy requires users to present their library cards for all services. If you don’t have your card with you, a photo ID is required. Presentation of a library card will make it much easier for staff and volunteers to assist you quickly and efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Diane Schwilling, author of this week's article, is a Member of the Marketing Committee of the Sedona Public Library.