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SEDONA PUBLIC LIBRARY: Time Is Relative

There are 525,600 minutes in a year. How do I know this? It’s certainly not from Google. That interesting factoid is part of the lyrics of “Seasons of Love” from the 1996 Broadway musical “Rent” written and composed by Jonathan Larson. At Sedona Public Library in the Village, we measure a year a little bit differently.

Nov. 4, 2022 marked the first anniversary at the new branch library in the Village of Oak Creek. How do we measure a year? We measured it with over 200 community members who helped us celebrate the grand opening of the Village Library on a gorgeous day a year ago.

Have you come by yet? We’re at 25 W. Saddlehorn Road in the Big Park Community School, open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How do we measure a year? With the welcoming of new space, expanded size, expanded hours (we’re open 28 hours each week), and services, Sedona Public Library in the Village has been busy. We’ve welcomed over 23,000 visitors – an average of 100 people a day – all the while offering the best service to our patrons.

We provide both a full adult and children’s collection of books, movies and other digital media, all resulting in over 33,000 checkouts in our first year! We’ve signed up more than 350 people for new library cards. Do you have yours yet? It’s free and opens your world to so much.

Consider the Act One’s Culture passes that grant free admission for two to many Arizona museums and cultural places of interest. What a year it’s been for us.

Residents agree that the new expanded Library is one of the best things to happen in Big Park in a long time. It’s not just the place to go to pick up your items on hold.

On May 1, we expanded services further when we furnished a large meeting space and installed great technology. Now the Javelina Community Room is available! This malleable room can be used for anything from an HOA monthly meeting to an Arizona Humanities presentation to our Spanish Conversation classes. The possibilities are endless. Contact me today to see what we can do for you!

How do we measure a year? Your village library has a children’s area for families to gather, meeting rooms for individuals to study and groups to meet, comfy seating indoors and out, great views, and much more. We couldn’t have achieved this expansion, or hosted our grand opening a year ago, without the help of so many in the community.

A big Thank You goes out to room sponsors including Donna Hawk, Gordon Reiter, Patti Reski, and an anonymous donor who provided nearly $17,000 for this library in its first year. And we are always grateful for Clark’s Market Non-Profit Mondays which have provided over $12,000 in the last few years.

How do we measure a year? Is it in cups of coffee or distance traveled? No, it’s in all the library has to offer especially our new programs and expanded services.

Programs at a library are a great way for people to connect with others who may share their interest or a way to open themselves up to new ideas. From hosting over 25 children this past summer in the Arizona Science Center’s AZ Science Camp; hosting Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) classes in partnership with Yavapai College; weekly story time on Tuesdays with Miss Marcia; toy potluck Thursdays with Miss Cindy to drumming with Harta (for families) on Thursdays and our successful Novel Night fundraiser in October, we’d pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done, but our work isn’t finished yet. We’ve only just begun.

How do we measure a year? By providing as many services as we can to you, our patrons.

The Village Library is growing and thriving. We have Technology Tuesdays with Marcy our Information and Technology Librarian, offering free assistance for your technology questions.

We also have Notary Public service for free on Wednesdays with Andrea, our Reference Librarian.

And join us on Fridays for our Beginner Spanish Class with Jami, our Bilingual Outreach Librarian. Visit sedonalibrary.org and click the EVENTS tab, then the SPL in the Village Calendar tab, for more information about what’s going on at Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit sedonalibrary.org/donate or send your check to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona. Remember you can direct your gift to the Village Library as well. This is YOUR community library, and we simply can’t measure all that you mean to us. Thank you!

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