Tue, Feb. 25

Writing on the wall: Library too small

Camp Verde has outgrown its library.

“We are so out of space. In a recent walk-through with fire officials, we discovered we can only have 22 children in the back library space. We’ve been having 47-54. There is only room for 30 patrons (including children) according to space and fire codes,” said Sharon Massey, co-chairperson of the Camp Verde Community Library Endowment Fund and also a member of the town’s library commission.

The endowment group, formed more than a year ago, is raising money to build a new community library. The latest rendering of the proposed regional park east of White Bridge along Arizona 260 shows a combination library and parks and recreation office at the site.

According to Massey, the group was formed with the town council’s blessings when complaints arose about bequeathed money being mingled with the town’s general fund. Massey said the group has two commitments for donations, one of which is part of a will. The Endowment Fund now has its own bank account with $40 in it, Treasurer Dorothy Wood said at a meeting Wednesday.

Library Advisory Commission Chairman Roger Doering reiterated concerns about space constraints of the current library on Black Bridge Loop Road to the Town Council at its meeting on May 3. He told council members the commission’s five-year plan includes evaluation of growth and space requirements, technological needs and developing adult services.

Massey said the endowment group is working with Christie Edwards from the Yavapai County Foundation, a county-wide foundation that has many small endowment funds similar to the CLEF. She said they need to raise $5,000 initially to connect with the Yavapai Foundation. It is the endowment group’s intent to place donated funds into interest-bearing accounts.

Massey went on to say, “They have people in the financial industry that invest to make the most profit.”

CLEF is actively setting up fund-raisers as well.

“We have a local quilters’ group donating a quilt to raffle at Fort Verde Days and a painting by Vaudene (Glotfelty). She’s going to do a sketch of the first library, the stone building behind the Chamber of Commerce, along with a sketch of the current library,” Massey said.

To learn more about donating money to the CLEF, call Dorothy Wood at 567-3921.

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