Tue, Jan. 21

Letter: Things are looking up for Clark Memorial Library


Friends of Clark Memorial Library greatly appreciate the upwelling of support we’ve received over the last month. From all sides.

First, the Yavapai County Free Library District advanced a plan to reopen CML under County management with assistance from our library friends group. And now individuals and organizations throughout the Verde Valley have been contributing to our fundraising efforts -- especially to our Grand Reopening Book Sale, tentatively planned for October of this year. The response to FCML’s call for gently used books and AV materials has been tremendously encouraging, if not completely unexpected.

We’re particularly grateful to Cottonwood Public Library’s Bookmarks for the generous donation of 12 cartons of very gently used books, mainly hardcover current novels and thrillers. This one gift assures a fine selection of great reads both for our coming librarian and for book sale browsers.

That was just the beginning, though. An individual in Camp Verde contributed 10 cartons of books, tapes, and DVDs. Meanwhile, individuals in Clarkdale, Jerome, and Cottonwood added another 10 cartons to the 18 cartons we received on the 4th of July. And at our first book-drop booth at the Clarkdale Concerts In The Park, July 29, book & music lovers from as far as Sedona and Camp Verde brought another 13 cartons, including one filled with movies.

In one month, FCML has collected 63 cartons of prime reading, listening, and viewing materials. This doesn’t include the individuals who have requested pick-up of books when they finish culling their libraries or any of the usual sources that FCML book handlers have been too busy sorting to contact yet.

Thank you all! One of the great advantages to this widespread response is the variety of materials donated. Just to name a few, already, we have pristine collections of periodicals long out of print, a windfall of educational materials for home-schooling parents, everything a budding documentary filmmaker needs to get started, and a variety of career-oriented manuals, both current and antique. This will definitely be a book sale full of surprises. With so many friends like these, CML’s Grand Reopening can’t help but be a success. But of course, to be truly GRAND, we need lots more.

The next FCML Book Drop at Concerts in the Park will be August 12, to the tunes of Come Back Buddy. (We’ll also have a booth August 26 and at the final concert on September 9.) This time, we’ll have our booth up by 6. The music starts at 7. Come enjoy. Also, you can email me at or send a note to Friends of Clark Memorial Library, P.O. Box 301, Clarkdale, AZ 86324, to have books picked up or receive more information.

Jimmy Salmon

President, FCML


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