Sat, April 04

Library Camp a chance to expand on professional skills

Cheryl Yeatts (center), Manager of SPL-V, accepts certificate from Janet Fisher (left), Acting State Librarian, and Susan Lapis (right), District Assistant Director, Yavapai County Library.

Cheryl Yeatts (center), Manager of SPL-V, accepts certificate from Janet Fisher (left), Acting State Librarian, and Susan Lapis (right), District Assistant Director, Yavapai County Library.

As a child, I always loved going to summer camp.  Times have not changed.  I had my first camp experience in third grade when I went to Camp Luella May.  Many years later, I had the opportunity to attend “library camp.” 

During the first week of June, I packed my suitcase, laptop, cell phone and headed to Northern Arizona University to participate in my first Summer Library Institute (SLI) sponsored by the Development Division of the Arizona State Libraries. 

SLI is for librarians who manage rural libraries.  Twenty-seven librarians from across the state of Arizona gathered to learn more about libraries. 

Instead of swimming, archery and tennis lessons, I attended workshops that focused on teaching computer literacy, managing volunteers, planning programs for children and teens, and writing grants to fund special projects. Our days were packed with guest speakers who motivated and challenged us.  After dinner we worked on group presentations. 

Finally, Friday arrived, and it was time for the closing ceremony.  I proudly received my certificate of completion from Janet Fisher, Acting State Librarian.  During this week, I learned many things.  First, I don’t enjoy living in a dorm as much as I did when I was 18.  The bed was uncomfortable, the shower was too cold, some of the residents were too noisy, and the food was barely edible. 

At library camp I learned many things about managing the library.  Most importantly, I learned that it is very rewarding to be among professional information specialists who love libraries, too.  Now that I have had a few days to recuperate, I am already looking forward to attending SLI 2013.  I have started my packing list:  desk lamp, coffee maker and lots of snacks.  I can’t wait to return to library camp next year to see my new friends and to learn the latest information about libraries.

As part of the ongoing Sedona Public Library in the Village Rotating Artist Series, Jeff Colburn will display his photography at the Village location beginning Tuesday, July 10. Some of Colburn’s photography will be available for purchase. A reception for the artist will be held at SPL-V in Tequa Plaza on Thursday, July 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the Arizona Humanities Council program on Wednesday, July 25 at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Heidi Osselaer, the featured speaker, will present “Votes for Women: The Arizona Woman Suffrage Movement (1883-1912).” After the program, you may pick up your book to prepare for the community book discussion in August. The group will be reading and discussing “Where Angels Fear to Tread” by E.M. Forster. If you cannot attend the program at Sedona Winds, additional copies of the book will be available at SPL-V.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Village Book Sale in June. For many of us, the book sale in the Village happens only twice a year. We appreciate the volunteers who assist with setting up, selling, and packing up. However, several volunteers deal with the book sale all year.

Carolyn Fisher and Leigh Shafer are instrumental in organizing this fund raiser for Sedona Public Library in the Village. Bonnie Martin volunteers at SPL-V every week to sort and price donations. Jeanne Baggs keeps us supplied with sturdy boxes to store donations. She also comes to the library several times a week to pick up ALL donations to store at her house. We also appreciate the Village Fire Station for providing space for the book sale. The firefighters are always willing to lend a hand. We appreciate and acknowledge these dedicated volunteers.

Of course, the Village Book Sale would not be possible without your donations. SPL-V is currently accepting donations of books, DVDs and music CDs for the next sale. We do not accept magazines. We ask that all donations be in good condition.

Due to limited storage space, please call SPL-V before you bring your donations to the library during business hours. Please do not leave donations outside or put them in book drop boxes. Because it takes a great deal of time, energy, and effort to prepare for the book sale, we strongly encourage you to bring your donations to the library throughout the year rather than waiting until the week before the book sale. All proceeds from the Village Book Sale directly benefit Sedona Public Library in the Village.

If you consider yourself a member of the community of library lovers, please visit Sedona Public Library in the Village. If you would like to join this community, there is no charge for membership. Your library card, which gives you access to all libraries in the Yavapai County Library network, library e-books, and databases, is free. SPL-V is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the book drop boxes in the parking lot facing Highway 179. Please bring all donations to the library during business hours. If you have questions, you may contact Cheryl Yeatts, SPL-V manager, at 928.284.1603 or at Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

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