Library News

By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: October 18, 2013

Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week

This year, October 20 - 26 is the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. Sedona Public Library takes this time to thank the Friends of the Sedona Library, who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services.

Our Friends group was started in 1964 and officially became a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation in November 1967. Donations and memberships are deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

The mission of the Friends of the Sedona Library is to support the Sedona Public Library as it strives to encourage literacy, lifelong learning, and the love of reading throughout our diverse community; to enhance the library’s resources, increase the community’s access to information and knowledge; to provide for a vibrant cultural gathering place, and cultivate a sense of public involvement through volunteering for the community.

The Friends hold semiannual books sales that directly fund collection expansion as well as children’s and other community programs during the year. The books that are offered through these sales come from the existing library collection when they are no longer needed by the library and by ongoing donations from the community.

The schedule for this year’s Fall Book Sale is as follows:

  • Preview Night: Friday, October 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. For Friends of the Library, invited guests, staff and volunteers.
  • Sale: October 19 - October 27 Sale open to the public during regular library hours Monday through Saturday and also on Sundays, October 20 and October 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Friends also sell books online through Take a peek at their inventory by going to Another fund raiser is the ever-popular Festival of Wreaths which is now held every other year (on even years) and will be back November 9, 2014.

Please support the Friends of the Library’s latest effort to raise funds. All you need to do is purchase a Bashas’ Community Card at the Library’s reference desk for $10 (they are not available for purchase at the grocery store). By purchasing a card, you can donate six percent of your regular grocery expenses to the Friends group, at no additional cost to you.

To support the goals of the Friends, you are cordially invited to join. To do so, please pick up a membership form at the library or visit the library website:

Members of the Friends Board are Charlene Lipka, President; Leigh Shafer, 1st Vice President; Mary Snyder, 2nd Vice President; Ellen White, Secretary; Donna Hawk, Treasurer; San Dee Kinnen, Festival of Wreaths Chair; Jawn McKinley, Trustee; Anne Smith, Trustee; and Gloria Woody, Trustee. A special thank you to the Board and all who support the library through membership in the Friends group.

I know that the Sedona Public Library is a source of pride for our community. Our Friends group is a source of pride as well. I hope this week everyone will support this outstanding group.

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