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By: Anne Uruburu
For: Red Rock News
Date: December 17
, 2010

Sedona Public Library in the Village is MOVING

After five years at our initial Village location, Sedona Public Library in the Village is moving on February 1, 2011.  We are moving for greater visibility in the Village, to give residents more access to available library services, and to better serve our patrons and the community.  Our new location will be at Tequa Plaza, Suite C102.  The address is 7000 State Route 179.  Starting February 1, you can find us to the left of the Posse Grounds Coffee Shoppe facing the grassy courtyard in Tequa Plaza.

Dates you may want to reference include:  We’re closing the 56 West Cortez Drive location at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 22.  We will be closed from January 23 through January 31.  We will open at the Tequa Plaza location at 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 1.  The book drop box will be available through January 29 at the Cortez location and on January 31 at Tequa Plaza.  Drop boxes will be located curbside in the Tequa Plaza parking lot, in front of the round, brick wall south of Posse Grounds Coffee Shoppe.

All return due dates for books, CDs, and other materials will be adjusted to accommodate the days closed.

Historically, library services started in the Village with a return drop box at Weber’s IGA.   In December 2005, a permanent face of the Village library opened its door at 56 Cortez Drive.  Initially it was a small drop off and pick up location for books and videotapes.  Rapidly the demand for library services grew  to include three computers for patron use, internet access and WiFi connections for patrons with their own laptop,  small book sales, a reading nook, free books and magazines, a children’s corner for reading and playing while parents use library services, and access to a librarian, the Yavapai Library Network, and reference services.  During open hours, patrons have first selection to check out any books not on hold which will be returned to the Main library at the end of each day.

It Takes A Village - - -

SPL in the Village space and services would not be possible without loyal and dedicated people supporting library efforts.  Among the many contributors are:  Friends of the Library who support us with money and Volunteer time,  many dedicated Village Volunteers during our first five years in the Village who contribute more than half of the working hours we are open,  Moving Day Volunteers who will log over 100 Volunteer hours during the week we are closed to assure an organized building on opening day in Tequa Plaza, and the  Main Library staff who have been working for two months to make this a smooth transition.   We are grateful for promotion,  support and monetary assistance from Yavapai County, the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, Galleria AVA (Association of Village Artists), individual anonymous donors, and everybody else in the Village who uses and supports  library services.  A special thank you to Barbara Benson, a longtime Village resident and landlord for our initial library location on Cortez Drive.  We appreciated our five, comfortable  years in your  building and will continue to consider you a friend of the Village library in the future.  

To share our new space with the whole Village of Oak Creek, we will be hosting a Love-Your-Library Open House on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Tequa Plaza.  There will be food, door prizes, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the new space, speeches, surprises, and a contest or two.  Save the date and watch for more details in upcoming columns.

You can access library services by stopping by the library.  Hours remain the same – Tuesday through Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  You can call with questions or for more information during open library hours at 928-284-1603. You can also access all library services by going online at and entering your library card number.

You can support Village library services by getting a FREE library card, utilizing our services, attending semi-annual book sales at the Village fire station, donating books for ongoing sales, donating money for operations, or Volunteering at the Circulation desk or behind the scenes. There are also brochures available showing ways you may remember the library in your will to assure educational and entertainment opportunities for future generations.

During the move of SPL in the Village, the main Sedona Public Library remains open as usual.  The monthly Arizona Humanities Council programs, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will continue at Sedona Winds.  You may pick up a flyer for the 2011 program schedule at either library location.  If you have further questions, stop by or call the library.  Cheryl Yeatts, our new Site Manager, or one of the many Volunteers will be happy to answer your questions.

Anne Uruburu
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Anne Uruburu is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.