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By: Karen Greenwood
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 15, 2011

Library Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week

Each year, volunteers in Sedona donate their time and energy at Sedona Public Library in service to our community. These volunteers are among the millions across the country who are spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2011.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating People in Action.”

Research conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 26.8% of adult Americans volunteered 8.1 billion hours worth $169 billion in 2009. For the Sedona Public Library, more than 160 active volunteers gave nearly 23,000 hours in 2010.

At the Circulation Desk alone, six volunteers work four-hour shifts each day we’re open for a total of 144 hours each week. At SPL In the Village, volunteers work during the 20 hours we’re open each week.

Recently the members of the Village Committee worked hundreds of hours to arrange for the library to move to its new location in Tequa Marketplace, establish a rotating art display, and host a fabulous open house.

Sedona Public Library was founded by volunteers and to this day, nearly half of the labor is provided by volunteers. To put it simply, the library would not be available to the community if it were not for the volunteers who tirelessly give their time and talent every day of every week of the year.

Volunteers help by:

  • Assisting with youth and adult programs
  • Checking items in and out at the circulation desk
  • Answering the phone and issuing new library cards
  • Shelving materials
  • Processing items to loan to other libraries
  • Assisting with the public use of computers
  • Putting covers on and pockets in new books
  • Processing magazines
  • Sorting donated material to add to the library’s collection
  • Processing donations for regular and online book sales
  • Repairing damaged items and cleaning CDs and DVDs
  • Working shifts at Friends of the Library Used Book Sales
  • Serving on the Friends of the Library Board
  • Serving on the Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees

As the Library’s volunteer coordinator, I am blessed by the generosity, goodwill, passion, support, sharing and expertise our volunteers give to their chosen causes on a daily basis. So often volunteers put others' needs ahead of their own while balancing family life, work commitments, and sometimes even ill health.

Volunteers’ contributions are so important that many causes would not exist or grow without such help. Volunteers help create success, and they are often the foundation through which others in the community can be helped.

As Erma Bombeck said, “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain love for another.”

Anyone can be a volunteer. Time is precious and is a valuable gift to give, and so many give and give selflessly, time and time again. I say to volunteers everywhere: this week is your week, and you deserve the recognition.

It is the dedication, tireless efforts and personal involvement of the many individuals who volunteer their time and expertise that makes Sedona Public Library a community-driven venue. Our volunteers have created a family, and we invite you to join us.

Next time you visit your Library, stop at the Circulation Desk and ask for a Volunteer Application Form. Find out how much fun it is to work with other generous community members to bring this valuable asset to our residents and visitors.

Karen Greenwood
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Karen Greenwood is Volunteer Coordinator of the Sedona Public Library.