Letter: Things continue to look up for Clark Memorial Library


Wonderful news! The Clarkdale Town Council has approved the Library Intergovernmental Agreement needed to reopen Clark Memorial Library.

Thank you, Mayor Doug Von Gausig, Vice Mayor Richard Dehnert, Councilman Bill Regner, Councilman Scott Buckley, and newly appointed Councilman Ben Kramer. (Yes, it was unanimous.)

And the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved it last week.

Thank you, Third District Supervisor Randy Garrison -- for championing Clarkdale’s highly performing historic library, as well as voting for the IGA. Thank you, Fifth District Supervisor Jack Smith -- for speaking in favor of helping Clarkdale re-open CML, as well as voting for the IGA.

And thank you, Chairman Tom Thurman, Vice Chairman Rowle Simmons, and Fourth District Supervisor Craig Brown -- for appreciating the value of libraries.

And of course, for proposing and working out this cost-neutral, CML-saving agreement, thanks again, Yavapai County Free Library District Director Corey Christians and Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery.

Now, everyone else, grab the ball and head for the goal posts.

Friends of Clark Memorial Library still needs books. They have a great selection across nearly every genre, but are still 47 cartons shy of their 200-carton goal and could use more children’s materials, literary classics, world history, and hard science. Oh, and humor, all kinds.

And keep your eye on October 19, CML’s 90th birthday. That’s the proposed date for the Grand Reopening Celebration and Book Sale. CML’s incoming librarian will need every penny the Friends can raise to update our library’s collections and reinstate library programs.

To donate books, email Friends@ClarkMemorialLibrary.org or write to Friends of Clark Memorial Library, P.O. Box 301, Clarkdale, AZ 86324. For more information on how you can help, visit www.ClarkMemorialLibrary.org.

Therese Hearn



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ItsyBitsySpider 1 year, 4 months ago

You might want to tell interested CML supporters more about the "goal posts," Ms Hearn. For instance, just how GRAND is this reopening book sale actually going to be? And how much money is it actually supposed to raise for library materials and programs? Your website says the Friends of Clark Memorial Library is committed to $12,000, but to my knowledge, no book sale in the Verde Valley has ever taken in that much.


Therese 1 year, 4 months ago

To ItsyBitsy Spider:

Grand enough that the Friends of Clark Memorial Library had to rent the Clark Memorial Clubhouse auditorium to display the books library lovers have donated to the book sale (over 6,500 titles). Of course, it all depends on how many people come to browse the great selection. But if everyone in Clarkdale bought one book, we'd be close enough to our $12,000 goal for CML's new librarian to begin tailoring the collection and reinstating the programs the community misses most.

That's why the sale will run for three days: Thursday, October 19, 10 am to 8 pm in the auditorium. Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st in the library from 10 am to 6 pm, with books not displayed on opening day.