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By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: November 2012

During these uncertain economic times, many non-profit organizations are challenged with funding.   As a result, grant writing has become very popular.  Fortunately, our grant writing efforts at Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) have paid off this year.  SPL-V recently received two technology grants awarded by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.  Funds from the first grant were used to purchase five new desktop computers and five laptop computers for free public use.  The second competitive grant was used to buy other equipment, including e-reader devices that eventually will be available for checkout.  With these grants, we plan to offer more technology workshops at SPL-V, and we hope to secure additional grant funds to continue instructional programs and other services in the future.

We are taking advantage of these technology grants by offering two computer workshops at SPL-V in November.  An introduction to computers is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  This class is designed for the absolute beginner.  Participants will learn the basics of the computer, such as how to use a mouse and keyboard.  The second workshop, on Thursday, November 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., is an introduction to e-mail.  During this class, students will learn how to set up and maintain an e-mail account.  In order to deliver quality instruction to participants, class size is limited.  To register, please call Cheryl at 928.284.1603. 

In addition to technology grants, SPL-V also received grants from the Sedona 30 and the Sedona Friends of the Library to purchase a new book drop box.  The larger, divided book drop box is designed to hold 240 books and 525 DVDs .  While many people appreciated the curbside location of the current book drop boxes, we will be relocating the book drop boxes to a more protected location closer to the building.  There is ample parking for patrons to park and walk up to the book drop boxes, just as they do at the main library.  We appreciate the support and generosity of the Sedona 30 and the Sedona Friends of the Library. 

As part of the ongoing Rotating Artist Series, Len Lewis will display his photography at SPL-V beginning Tuesday, November 6.  The photography exhibit is entitled “New Angles on Old Rocks.”   A reception for the artist, a resident of VOC, will be held at SPL-V in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza on Thursday, November 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.   Some of Lewis’s photographs will be available for purchase.  A portion of all sales will be donated to Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Mark your calendar for the Festival of Wreaths, the annual fund raising event sponsored by the Friends of the Sedona Public Library.  Make and donate a wreath, table top tree, Christmas stocking or holiday tree skirt.  If you live in the Village, you may deliver your creation to SPL-V on Friday, November 9, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.  The preview gala and sale is Sunday, November 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25.  Tickets are available for purchase at SPL or SPL-V.  Wreaths go on sale to the public Monday, November 12, during regular library hours.  For more information, please contact San Dee Kinnen at 928.203.4363 or email

Dr. Heidi Osselaer of Arizona State University will be the featured speaker for the next Arizona Humanities Council program at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road, on Wednesday, November 14.  The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m.  During her presentation, “Winning Their Place, Arizona Women in Politics, 1883-1950”,  Dr. Osselaer will discuss some of the state’s most important early female politicians, including suffrage leader Frances Willard Munds, state legislator Nellie Trent Bush, Congresswoman Isabella Greenway, and Justice Lorna Lockwood.  After the program, you may pick up your loaner copy of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” for the community book discussion scheduled in December.  

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza.  Library hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The library is closed Sunday and Monday.  When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the book drop boxes.  If you have questions or need directions to SPL-V, please contact Cheryl Yeatts, site manager, at 928.284.1603 or

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.  Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village of Oak Creek.


Cheryl Yeatts
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.