Monthly Newsletter | January 2021
Breathe in Clean Air at the Library!
When you visit the Library, you can feel confident that you are breathing clean and safe air! In our ongoing effort to improve safety, the Library has installed air purification systems in the West Sedona library and the Friends bookstore.

Our new Aerus Air Scrubber System substantially reduces contaminants, odors, dust, mold, pollen, many other pollutants, and microbes on surfaces. It is proven to kill 99.98% of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces. This system is the same as that installed at the Mary Fisher Theatre. (In compliance with Sedona’s Mask Up Sedona campaign, masks will still be required for everyone entering library buildings.)
Library Closures in January
The Library will be closed:

Friday, January 1,
for New Year’s Day

Monday, January 4,
for staff professional development day

Monday, January 18,
for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

For regular hours and services, please visit our website.
Message from Library Director Judy Poe
Greetings, all! I am delighted and honored to take the wheel at Sedona Public Library as our long-time director, Virginia Volkman, moves into her well-deserved retirement.

As we’ve been preparing for this shift, I am truly grateful for the support, wisdom, and ideas that were shared by staff, volunteers, board members, Friends of the Sedona Library, patrons, and the community.

Additionally, I look forward to getting to know more of you as 2021 takes us beyond COVID and into regular hours and services. We have lots of plans, large and small, so buckle up and come along for the ride. Please stop in and say hello—my door is always open!
2021 Quilt Show 
The annual quilt show, presented by the Red Rock Quilters and Sedona Public Library, will run from January 11 to March 6. Take a self-directed tour of the show with a colorful quilt program. Quilts will be arranged in new locations throughout the Library.

Viewers’ Choice Awards will be presented for large quilts, small/wall quilts, and best in show. Judges will also select one quilt for the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Award.

We hope that you will stop by the Library as our community pays tribute to the talents of local quilters!
STEAM Programming and More for Youth 
Budding engineers participate in the Library’s first STEAM program
The Library is collaborating with the Science Vortex of the Verde Valley, a new nonprofit children’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) center, to offer monthly virtual hands-on STEAM lessons and soon-to-be-available STEAM kits for checkout.

The next virtual STEAM lesson will take place live on Zoom on Wednesday, January 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Lessons are designed for 8- to 12-year-olds, but younger children with direct adult support are welcome too. Each lesson has a different topic and includes a challenge designed to strengthen children’s critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance.

Materials will be provided for each lesson. To participate in the January virtual STEAM program, families must sign up here. Once you are signed up, we will notify you when the materials are ready for you to pick up, either in the youth services department or using our curbside pickup service. There are only 20 spots available for each lesson, so sign up ASAP.

Online programming continues in January, with videos posted regularly on our website. Supplies for our twice-monthly craft videos will be available in the Library the weeks of January 5 and January 19.

Hope to see you soon at the Library!

STEAM programming is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Welcome New Library Staff!
Eric Peterson, Assistant Library Director, came on board in October 2020, and he has been busy the last three months getting to know our collection, facilities, services, and, of course, our staff, patrons, and volunteers.

Eric previously held positions at the Yavapai Library Network and High Plains Library District in Colorado. As assistant director, he will share his experience and expertise as we plan for future library services. He is excited to be a part of the library team as we begin a new year.
Chelsea Burk, Program and Marketing Coordinator, joined us a few weeks ago, and she looks forward to helping the Library continue to create and market its slate of programs that will reflect community needs and favorites. Her vision and enthusiasm will be a plus for the Library in the new year.

Chelsea and her husband are relocating from Tempe to the Sedona/Verde Valley area. If you have a lead on a small, affordable rental house where a dog is allowed, please contact Library Director Judy Poe at
Hot Spots and Chromebooks for Checkout
As part of the Library’s Tech2Go technology lending service, Chromebook laptops are available for checkout with your library card at no charge! Lightweight and easy to use, these computers boot up in seconds. They are designed to be used while connected to the internet, with all applications and documents residing in the cloud. Chromebooks are available from the Library on a first-come, first-served basis for library patrons age 18 and older. You can check one out for two weeks. Chromebooks are also available to use for a two-hour period in the Library.

Need an internet connection, too? Check out a Wi-Fi hotspot with your Chromebook.

Please visit our Tech2Go webpage for more details. Additionally, you can watch this video for more information about using a library Chromebook.

The Library’s Chromebooks lending service is made possible with support from the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal CARES Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Update on AARP Tax-Aide
The Library is working with AARP to bring you our popular Tax-Aide program in 2021. While we’re not quite sure what the program will look like this year, rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make this program a reality. More information will be coming soon—stay tuned!
Library Conducts Community Needs Assessment
For the last several months, Sedona Public Library has been interviewing residents across Sedona and the Verde Valley as part of a community needs assessment. The results of the assessment will identify current and anticipated library service needs, helping the Library prepare our strategic plan for the future.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and took the time to answer our questions! It’s been fun and informative listening to your insights, perspectives, and stories. Stay tuned for more information as we collate our responses and plan the Library’s exciting future.
Library News from the Village
At Sedona Public Library in the Village, our top priority is to keep the public, library volunteers, and staff safe. With this goal in mind, we will be open three days a week: Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. As circumstances related to COVID-19 change frequently, please check back regularly for updates.

We are committed to providing library services while reducing risks to exposure. The Village library is offering modified services: picking up holds, using patron computers, and printing, faxing, scanning, and self-service copying.
SPL-V volunteer Nancy Champagne assists a library patron by phone.
Wearing masks is required to enter the building. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you. If you are picking up your holds, you may choose to wait outside. To minimize your wait time, call the library at 928-284-1603 or email If your call is not answered, call back to speak to staff. We are unable to retrieve phone messages at this time.

You may return library materials from the Yavapai Library Network to the book drop at the Village location. The book drop is open 24/7. Please note that items returned to the book drop may not be checked in right away. Each library has a policy to quarantine returns.

If you need assistance locating a title, placing a hold, renewing items you have checked out, receiving your PIN, or updating your account information, please contact the library. We are here to help and look forward to assisting you in 2021. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
Ancestry Access Extended through March 31, 2021
Home access to Ancestry’s genealogical research tools has been extended again! Ancestry is normally accessible from library computers only but is temporarily available for in-home use through March 31.

To get started using Ancestry, visit our Tools and Databases page, click the Ancestry Library Edition button under Genealogy and History, and enter your library card number and PIN.
Verde Valley Tool Sharing Presentation
The Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance is hosting a presentation about the possibility of establishing a tool lending library within the Verde Valley community. The presentation will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, January 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is required for this free event: please click here to register. Participants are welcome to ask questions and make comments during the event.
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