By: Karen Greenwood
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 26, 2013
- Friends of the Library Book Sale: Last chance to take advantage of great bargains! Through Saturday, April 27 during library hours and also on Sunday, April 28 from noon until 4 p.m..
- Wildflower Display: Be sure to stop by the library to look at the wildflower display. It will go up on Monday, April 29 and will continue through the week. It could stay up even longer if the weather cooperates.
Library Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week
Volunteer Week is about inspiring and encouraging people to seek out ways to
engage in their communities and recognizing those who do. It's about
demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the strength to
meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
to Sedona Public Library volunteers!
volunteers donate 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 the 40th Annual National Volunteer Week, April 21
- 27, 2013.
As nonprofit organizations across the
country continue to face serious budget challenges, the vital contribution
volunteers make takes on more importance all the time. Research conducted by
the Corporation for National and Community Service found that
2011, the number of volunteers reached its highest level in five years. 64.3
million Americans volunteered in a formal organization, an increase of 1.5
million from 2010. The volunteering rate increased nationwide by 0.5 percentage
points to 26.8%. Altogether, Americans volunteered approximately 7.9 billion
hours in a formal organization with a value of $171 billion.
On Sunday, April 14, we acknowledged our
volunteers at a Rock 'n Roll themed luncheon at the Library. Volunteers were
presented with certificates and pins to thank them for their service. At
Sedona Public Library, more than 160 active volunteers gave nearly 18,000 hours
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 devote 20 hours a week to checking
items in and out.
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 week of the year.
- Assisting with youth and adult
- Checking items in and out
at the circulation desk
- Answering the phone and issuing
new library cards
- Shelving materials
- Processing items to loan to
- 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
- Serving on the Friends of
the Library Board
- Serving on the Sedona Public
Library Board of Trustees
the Library's Volunteer Coordinator, I am continually impressed by the
generosity, goodwill, support, and expertise our volunteers bring to our Library
on a daily basis. So often, our volunteers put others' needs ahead of their own
while balancing family life, work commitments, and - sometimes - poor health.
can be a volunteer. Time is a precious and valuable gift to give, and so many of
our volunteers give selflessly, time and time again. This week is your week,
and you deserve the recognition.
is the dedication, tireless efforts and personal involvement of the many individuals
who volunteer their time and expertise that make Sedona Public Library a
community-driven venue. Our volunteers have created a family, and we invite you
to join us.
time you visit your Library, stop at the circulation desk and ask for a volunteer
application form. As a volunteer, you may find yourself learning or developing
a new skill, making new friends, becoming part of a friendly community, and
just having fun! You can choose from many activities, according to your
interests and skills, and the amount of time you have to give.
is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on peoples' well-being.
What better way is there to connect with your community and give back? As a
volunteer, you return to society some of the benefits that society gives you.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Karen Greenwood is Volunteer Coordinator of the Sedona Public Library.