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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: August 10, 2012

Library Collection Reorganized

The library reorganization is complete. To find a map of the new shelving layout, go to this link:, or pick up a printed copy at the library. Can’t find what you’re looking for?  Ask for help and we’ll be happy to give you a tour.

A quick way to find one of our most popular sections, the DVD collection, is to stand in the middle shelving area and look for the bronze bust of Gene Munson.  You’ll know you’ve found it when you see the cowboy hat and bola tie. Like me, you may have seen this sculpture in passing and thought of it as “the cowboy.” There’s a story of local interest behind the sculpture, so take a moment to seek it out if you haven’t already noticed it.

Gene Munson was instrumental in finding one of the few remaining pieces of land suitable for the library’s building. He was also a benefactor of countless other local groups. The Sedona Cultural Park commissioned the sculpture, to honor Mr. Munson’s role as a founding member of the park.  It is one of a limited edition of five.

William Eichling donated the library’s copy of the sculpture. In a letter sent to Eichling in 2002, then Library Board President Donna Hawk wrote: “Mr. Munson played a key role in the library’s acquisition of its present site.  It is a real pleasure to have this beautifully sculpted piece of art to commemorate his historical association with our organization. The thousands of patrons that visit the library each month will be able to enjoy your meaningful gift.”

The sculpture is the work of Joyce Kilebrew. Her bronze sculpting career began in 1988 and has received national acclaim.  Kilebrew is currently teaching sculpture and painting in her Cornville studio.

With the sculpture as your landmark, you can locate much of the rest of the collection.  In front of the DVD section, you’ll find the new books.  Behind the DVDs is the music collection, then the audiobooks in the following order:  MP3 CDs, Playaways, books on CD, and books on cassette.

The Spanish-language DVDs are now shelved at the end of the DVD collection, in what will become the foreign-language section.  For all of you who have asked for the subtitled and dubbed movies to be shelved together, we heard you, and we’ll gradually be moving foreign-language movies into that area.

Spanish-language music CDs are now shelved with the other music CDs.  Our music collection is an area that we’re planning to expand.

The rest of the Spanish-language collection is now housed behind the magazine section, to the left of its previous location (if you’re facing the front of the Library).

The nonfiction collection starts adjacent to the main public computer area and continues on that side of the Library, from 000 through 999.

Another big change is the consolidation of the young adult materials. The young adult fiction, nonfiction, magazines, and audiobooks are now located in a cozy corner of the library, where the laptop carrels used to be.

So far, Sedona Library staff members are pleased with the new layout and believe our reorganization has resulted in many improvements. We hope you will find your favorite library materials easier to access. Let us know what you think.

The Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants.  Your tax deductible donation may be sent to:  Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.