By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: August 2016
The Sedona Public Library received the 2016 Spirit of Sedona
Community Collaborator Award from the Arizona Community Foundation
of Sedona. This award recognizes the Library’s successful work in
bringing groups together to benefit the community.
Library Director, Virginia Volkman, is honored that the Library has been
acknowledged for its community engagement and service to individuals. Sedona
Public Library is the third recipient of this award following the Verde
Valley Medical Center in 2014 and the Rotary Club of Sedona in 2015. “We
are in good company with these past recipients,” Volkman said.
Sedona Public Library, founded in 1958, is a non-profit organization that
has made a huge impact on the Sedona region for nearly 60 years. In fact,
this community hub saw 200,000 residents and visitors come through the doors
of the main library and the Village library last year to create, communicate,
and collaborate. Often when people come in to read the news, check out a
new bestseller or admire the annual quilt show, they see someone they know
or make a new friend.
The Library has been likened to the ‘family room’ for the
community. We provide something for everyone. Enhancing the lives of patrons
and guests is what we’re all about. Let us know if there’s a
connection we can help you make.
This important award reflects the history of strong partnerships the Library
holds with numerous community organizations and professional groups. These
partners provide valuable services for the community at the West Sedona
location as well as in the Village of Oak Creek. Partners include Northern
Arizona Healthcare, Veterans History Project, Sedona Winds Retirement Community,
Arizona Humanities, Friends of Sedona Library, AARP, Oak Creek Apples Macintosh
Users, the General Consulate of Mexico, and many more.
Through the Act One Culture Pass program we collaborate with 19 organizations
to offer free admission for two to museums and cultural institutions in
Northern Arizona and the Phoenix region.
We sponsored over 800 free library events and gatherings last year including
activities specifically for children, youth and families; art, photography,
quilt, and weaving exhibits; movie nights and literary readings; legal and
computer workshops; as well as music, theater, and comedy events. Additionally,
50 non-profit organizations used the meeting rooms throughout the year.
Even with all the hustle and bustle, the beautiful facilities offer numerous
quiet spaces for reading, computer work, or research.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona’s 16th Annual Spirit
of Sedona reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September
29 at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.
For more information about this event, contact Judi Smith at 928.282.2042.
The Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies
completely upon the community to provide its programs and services. SPL
is grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino
Counties, Friends of the Library, businesses, foundations, and individuals
like you. Please support your public library with a tax-deductible gift
by visiting www.sedonalibrary.org .
Visit Sedona Public Library in the Village at Suite 51 A in
Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. The Village library is closed Sunday and Monday. For more
information call the library at 928-284-1603 or visit Sedona
website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.