By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 19, 2013
Friends of the Library Book Sale:
- Friday, April 19, 5:30 to 7:00 pm: Preview for Friends of the Sedona Library members and volunteers.
- Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 28: Book Sale during regular library hours and noon to 4 pm on Sundays.
Sedona Celebrates National Library Week
There's no doubt about
it. People love libraries. Patrons of Sedona Public Library have described
it as a jewel, a treasure, a safe haven. And they're not the only
ones who value their library.
The American Library
Association (ALA) website ilovelibraries.org explains the value of local
libraries this way: If you're looking for the heart of any community,
look no further than the local library. It's the one place in America
where the doors are open to everyone. It is America's great equalizer,
providing everyone the same access to information and opportunities
During the week of April
14-20, Sedona Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and
communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time
to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
National Library Week has been sponsored by the ALA and libraries across
the country each April since 1958. This year's theme is Communities
Matter @ Your Library. Caroline Kennedy is the National Library Week
Like all local libraries,
Sedona Public Library plays a vital role in this community. While it's
difficult to place a monetary value on services provided by the library,
Howard Ripy, a regular library patron at Sedona Public Library in the
Village, shared this information about his library use:
"We mostly use the
library to check out DVDs and nonfiction books. The biggest dollar savings
we've had is in the DVD area. Over the last year we checked out around
four DVDs per week on average. This resulted in a savings of $400 to
over $700 depending on what DVD rental rate you use. In addition, about
a year ago we decided to cancel our subscription to satellite TV since
we rarely watched any programs that were not movies, documentaries or
TV series that are available on DVD. That saved us over $1,600 per year.
So for us using the Sedona Library has resulted in saving over $2,000
this last year."
When asked about the
importance of the library, Hiroko A. Miyakawa, Ph.D. offered her perspective:
"As a volunteer for
the Sedona Public Library, I acknowledge the excellent repository of
literary, documentary, media and event resources that are offered at
the library. Moreover, these resources are supported by the ever-adapting
technology to meet the needs of library patrons. When thinking
of the 'treasures' found in the Sedona Public Library...watch
the positive human relationships developed and nurtured between the
library staff and the community they service. On a daily basis, the
librarians and the volunteers interact with regular and new patrons
to the library, young and old citizens of Sedona, visitors to the Verde
Valley, the multi-cultural faction of this community, and agencies and
organizations that offer services and support.
the Sedona Public Library uses the human aspect effectively in meeting,
greeting, communicating and assisting people. I would summarize the
Sedona Public Library as offering gracious civility with a pleasant
What is the library worth to you? 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 free library services for residents and visitors.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.