Thu, Feb. 27

Growing community spirit in VOC benefits Library

Front row left to right:  Dotte Vande Linde, SPL in the Village Site Manager, Joan Roberts, Sherry Alstrin (presenting the check), and Mary Dove, Village Fine Artists and Craftsmen. Back Row left to right:  Anne Uruburu and Ann Meiggs, SPL Board of Trustees, and Carolyn Fisher, Big Park Council Rep.

Front row left to right:  Dotte Vande Linde, SPL in the Village Site Manager, Joan Roberts, Sherry Alstrin (presenting the check), and Mary Dove, Village Fine Artists and Craftsmen. Back Row left to right:  Anne Uruburu and Ann Meiggs, SPL Board of Trustees, and Carolyn Fisher, Big Park Council Rep.

What a show of enthusiasm and support we are seeing for Sedona Public Library in the Village!

For the last four years, SPL In the Village has benefited from the generosity of the Village Fine Artists and Craftsmen. The last two years' donations (2009 - $1,276 and 2008 - $2,257) were contributed to help us continue our convenient library services here in the Village.

For two years prior to that, the artists' donations established a Children's Corner in our library facility on Cortez Drive. Each year in October, these talented artists have a show in space donated by the Village of Oak Creek Association and each year the artists welcome new talent to participate. Several VOC businesses sponsored the 2009 art show: Desert Hills Bank, Chase Bank, Alliance Bank, Ace Hardware, and Snap Fitness. Thank you, Village Artists and sponsors!

A $1,000 donation from the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council was presented to Library Director, Virginia Volkman at the Council's November meeting. Sedona Public Library is very grateful to the Council for their ongoing support of SPL In the Village.

A big thank you goes to the Friends of the Library (FOL) and all of you VOC residents and volunteers who supported the recent book sale in VOC. The sale garnered $2,460 for SPL in the Village. This was the third VOC book sale organized by FOL. The success of these sales has been directly attributable to community involvement. The FOL and VOC volunteers have collected books, organized the sales, and worked at the sales. Sedona Fire District donated the space for the last two sales and Weber's IGA provided space for the initial sale. Weber's puts flyers in shoppers' bags to notify people of the book sales and other Village businesses advertise the sales, too. The FOL have supported the Village Library in other ways, notably by buying computers and other equipment for the VOC site.

Who are the Friends of the Library, anyway? The organization exists as the fundraising arm of Sedona Public Library and relies on all of us to become members. All it takes is a donation each year of whatever you can afford. The membership lets you preview the book sales at SPL on White Bear Road and gives you some relief on fines you may incur. One of the primary fundraisers of the FOL is the popular Festival of Wreaths, which will occur again this November. You can pick up a form to join FOL at the Village library. We encourage all residents of VOC and the greater Sedona area to become FOL members as our private/public Library faces continuing economic challenges. Thank you for being a Friend!

Another successful partnership brought to you by your library is the "In the Village, For the Village" programs. Since 2008 (the 50th Anniversary of Sedona Public Library), the Friends of the Library, the SPL Board of Trustees , and Sedona Winds have partnered with the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) to bring AHC's Road Scholar Speaker Programs and Community Book Discussions to the Village for your education, enjoyment, and convenience. These programs are free and open to the public, to the Big Park Community and all of Sedona.

AHC is the Arizona affiliate of the national Endowment for the Humanities and offers non-profits, such as our private/public library, the opportunity to bring talented historians, educators, and experts on the West and Southwest for programs. AHC furnishes a facilitator (and even loans the books) for the book discussions. The Friends of the Library pay the fees to the Humanities Council and our friends at Sedona Winds provide the space each month for the programs. The Hilton has offered discounts on rooms to speakers who require lodging. Information on these programs is available at SPL and SPL in the Village and on our website: You will also see bookmarks and flyers around the Village advertising upcoming programs.

March Program

Community Book Discussion of E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News

(Books are available at SPL in the Village)

Wednesday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m., at Sedona Winds

April Program

Speaker Todd Weber, Grand Canyon Historian

The History of the River Runners of the Grand Canyon

Monday, April 26 at 1:30PM at Sedona Winds

Other exciting happenings in VOC

Did you know we have a Computer Club in VOC that meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the VOCA Clubhouse? Our Library Director, Virginia Volkman, will be the featured speaker at the April meeting (Saturday, April 10, 9:00-11:00 AM). Virginia will be educating all you folks who access Sedona Public Library via computer on what electronic resources are available from our library and talk to you about all the changes coming up. She will be able to answer your questions on how to get the most from your library experience. If you have questions about the Computer Club, you may contact Rita Gendron at .

Something else that's new in VOC -- beginning in February, Yavapai College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is holding several Learning Groups and Workshops at the Big Park Community School. These classes are being taught by Village residents and cover a variety of interesting topics such as gardening, photography, and music theory. The one-day workshops cover Care-giving for Illness or Disability, Coloring your Family History, and Making the Most of Microsoft. If you want to do additional reading or research on these topics, you can check out related books from the library. Call OLLI in Sedona at 928-649-4275 and sign up.

Now, more about our VOC library service center -- SPL In the Village is intended to be a public/private partnership between Yavapai County and the residents of the Big Park Community. Continuing our library services in VOC depends on your monetary contributions and the host of volunteers who donate their time at the library and support our dedicated Site Manager, Dotte Vande Linde.

Will you please support our VOC library location with your dollars and your patronage so we can keep a library location in the Big Park Community?

Also, watch for our upcoming ads asking for applicants for Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees. Find out more about how you might contribute to the future of SPL. We need a variety of experiences so you may be able to bring your particular area of expertise to our Board. Check it out!

Aren't you proud to be living in such a vibrant community?

We are located at 56 W. Cortez Drive, Suite C, across from the Post Office. Our phone number is 284-1603. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 9-1, and Sunday and Monday we are closed. We have public computers and Wi-Fi available and you can pick up and drop off the items you check out. You also have access to several hundred thousand items through the Yavapai Library Network. For all the information about programs, and to access databases, view the collection, and much more, please go to

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