Tue, Jan. 21

Friends support library through Festival of Wreaths, book sales

Virginia Volkman

Virginia Volkman

In 1964, a group of Sedonans chose to become special friends to the library that had opened in 1958. At that time, the City of Sedona had not yet been incorporated.

Sedona Public Library was an entirely volunteer effort, and all funding was through donations.

The Friends of the Sedona Library (FOL) Inc. was incorporated in 1967 with the mission of providing funds, support and materials for the growing needs of our Library users. It is a separate non-profit corporation from Sedona Public Library.

Today FOL has a membership of 285 families and individuals, and supports the main library and also SPL In the Village, which opened its doors in December 2005. The hard-working and fun-loving board includes: Charlene Lipka, president; Leigh Shafer, 1st vice president; Mary Snyder, 2nd  vice president; Donna Hawk, treasurer; SanDee Kinnen, Jawn McKinley, Anne Smith and Ellen White.

Members of FOL get a quarterly newsletter, a punch card good for 10 overdue fines of up to $1 each, admission to the preview nights of the book sales and the satisfaction of knowing that they're supporting a community treasure.

After a one-year break, the Festival of Wreaths returns this November. A new feature is ornaments decorated by local artists invited to participate.

The People's Choice Awards gives visitors to the Library an opportunity to vote for their favorite creation in four categories: Best of Show, Best Creative Use of Materials, Best Christmas and Best Non-Traditional.

Key dates to keep in mind for Festival of the Wreaths are:

• Friday, November 12: Wreath take-in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Library AND from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sedona Winds in the Village.

• Sunday, November 14: Preview Gala and Sale at the Library from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., including wine, appetizers, cake, musical entertainment and raffles.

• Monday, November 15: Sale to the public begins during regular Library hours.

• Tuesday, November 30: Winners of People's Choice Awards announced.

Among the most popular activities at Sedona Public Library are our semiannual book sales.

They always draw large crowds, including out-of-staters who schedule visits to coincide with our sales.

Sales are also held in the Training Room of the Village Fire Station in January and June to Benefit SPL In the Village.  In addition to these sales, FOL sells books online through Amazon and eBay.

Books are also available for sale during regular Library hours at the main Library and SPL in the Village. Proceeds from the book sales are a vital part of the annual FOL contribution to the Library's budget. FOL also funds special projects, including the Children's Summer Reading Program and the Arizona Humanities Council programs presented at Sedona Winds in the Village of Oak Creek.

Items offered through these sales come from the existing Library collection that's always being refreshed and from donations. Members of the Sedona community are extremely generous, and we also receive donations from patrons and friends who live outside the local community and state.

If you're moving to or from the Sedona/Verde Valley area, we'll pick up collections you want to donate. Call the Book Sale Committee at 282-7714 or visit the Library to provide details of a special collection you'd like to donate.

Books can be donated during regular Library hours at the Circulation Desk. Just ask, and a volunteer will assist you. All donations are tax deductible. We're unable to assign a dollar value, but we will give you a receipt.

You can help the Sedona Public Library maintain its legacy and present level of excellence by becoming a Friend for as little as $15 a year. Pick up a membership brochure at the Library or at SPL In the Village, or go to the Library's web site at, click on Friends of the Library in the list on the left and select How to Join.

The next Arizona Humanities Council Community Book Discussion will be held at Sedona Winds on Wednesday, July 28 at 1:30.  The book is Eva Hoffman's "Lost in Translation."  Books are available at SPL In the Village during regular hours: Tuesday through Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to1 p.m.

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