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Rim Community Library Coming up — Feb. 11 – For the Love of Chocolate

Heber, AZ
For the Love of Chocolate is Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Rim Community Library.

On Saturday February 11, 2017, one of my favorite events, For the Love of Chocolate, will be held at the Rim Community Library from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm by the Friends of the Library. Near as Library Manager Kathleen Shea can recollect, this event has been around for about 10 years. Available for purchase, the yummy chocolate candies and baked goods are all homemade by library supporters. There is always something new and great as well as favorite standbys like fudge. Your selection is packed into a pink box and wrapped with a delightful Valentine-themed ribbon. You can satisfy your chocolate craving and the proceeds go for a great cause! Show up early for the best selection!


What else is happening at Library? 
Also upcoming on the 4th of February from 10:00 to 1:00 is “Take your child to the Library”. There will be a movie shown along with popcorn!
The Rim Community Library is this community’s own little gem nestled off to the side of Highway 260 on Mustang Lane in a beautiful facility built by you, Heber-Overgaard. The new building, totaling 6,500 square feet, was built by donations, runs on donations and is manned by volunteers who donate their time and talent. They are one of the few all volunteer libraries left in the U.S. Even the manager, Kathleen Shea, volunteers her time. The Rim Community Library is a work of wonder and an example of the best in us. It’s refreshing in light of our social anxiety that these volunteers come together for the good of the community.


The library got its start 33 years ago when some local moms decided they wanted a place for their children to study. The first location was in the Whiting Brothers Gas Station (now demolished) on the corner of Buckskin Canyon and Hwy 260 where it resided from 1984 through 1991. The first Library Board President was Toni Porter. Lewis and Mary Tenney donated their house on the corner of Buckskin Canyon and Kimball where the water company is now located and the library was there from 1991 through 2006. When they heard the library wanted to expand, Lewis and Mary Tenney then generously donated the land where the library now sits. Funding from donations was raised and the new building was completed in 2006 with lots of donated time and talent. The addition of a large Children’s Section was completed in 2013. If you have more history, please let me know so we can document it? It’s surprising how quickly information disappears!


What’s available
Here’s a partial list of what your library card gets you for FREE:

  • WiFi
  • Latest best-selling books
  • DVDs and videos
  • Audio Books
  • Talking Books – for visually or physically impaired.
  • Playaway – a small video player for all ages with pre-installed movies, learning activities, etc.; selections rotate between libraries.
  • Launchpad new for kids – preloaded learning tablets. (Great reviews so far from moms.)
  • Story Hour for preschool age children every Wednesday from 10–11 am.
  • Destination Inspiration! First computer class of 2017 by Dallan Adams, (Navajo County Library) Tuesday February 21 at 9:30-11:30; bring your own computer or use one of the library’s. Be sure to sign up at the Library!
  • Ancestry.com used from within library is free to user
  • MultiMedia Room has sound system, project and screen for meetings. Free, unless for profit meeting, then donation requested.
  • Yoga in the MultiMedia Room Wednesdays from 1–2pm. Instruction via DVDs.
  • Access to the Navajo County Library website at www.navajocountylibraries.org.
Wide selection of audio books.
Launchpad is a preloaded tablet for kids.




Media Room


We’ll discuss this more in the March issue but there are many really neat things available here such as Elf (organizer for library users), Tumble Book Library for children, Downloadable books, Mango language learning software, plus lots more.


The Library Governing Board for 2017 is comprised of:

  • Paula Grigsby, President
  • Michaele Grimm, Vice President
  • Kathy Pinneo, Treasurer
  • Rhoda Eccleston, Secretary
  • Betty Raveling, FOL Liaison
  • Priscilla Corsi, Correspondence Sec.
  • Kathleen Shea, Library Manager

The Board raises funds and handles grants. The Library belongs to the Navajo County Library System and as such, is able to offer some extra services.


Friends of the Library (FOL)
When Kathleen Shea, first came to the library in 1997, she didn’t know anything about libraries, and had never even had a library card. At that time the FOL wasn’t a nonprofit and had formed to help out with the needs of the library such as cleaning, decorating, gardening and raising money to help fund the library. There were three to four people to cover the circ desk whereas now there are 32 including substitutes. There were no computers and everything was hand written. They eventually evolved into a 501(c)3 nonprofit group with proceeds going to support the library. The officers for FOL 2017 are:

  • Suzie Crance, Vice President
  • Nancy Skaien, Secretary
  • Priscilla Corsi, Treasurer
  • The FOL President position was recently vacated when Nadine Ludwig resigned. Her service is greatly appreciated. As of the date of this article the position is still open… Anyone?
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic–Photo courtesy of Kathleen Shea.

Sharon Simms – Volunteer of the Year






Fund Raisers
There is a room in the library where the FOL sell used books and gently used small items like glassware, DVDs, videos etc. As far as the major fund raisers, for many years, they have held an annual fund raiser in August of either a fashion show or a tea which is always one of the highlights of the year in our small community. Please indulge me for a moment as I swoon once again over the absolutely fabulous fashion show of 2015 produced by the dynamic duo of Jeffrey and Henry of JHDesigners. It’s an act that is hard to follow. However, life goes on and 2017 beckons another fashion show but no plans are laid out as yet – we’ll have to wait and see. Other events are the annual Memorial and Labor Day weekends Book and Bake Sales. The Asian Dinner has been held in April the past several years but has not been confirmed as yet.

The Rim Community Library hours are:

  • Tuesday 12 PM – 6 PM
  • Wednesday 11 AM – 5 PM
  • Thursday 11 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday 11 AM – 5 PM
  • 1st Sat/month 10 AM – 1 PM
  • Story Hour Wed 10 AM – 11 AM


Please check out this organization to see if you would donate some of your talent to their cause. “We’re always looking for new volunteers,” Mrs. Shea told me. “It’s a good group to work with and it’s always encouraging to add new members with fresh energy and ideas.” If you are interested, please call 928-535-3183.