The SaveCML Squad

Enlist in the SaveCML squad!

A preliminary action force, the SaveCML Squad is a disorganized band of concerned citizens doing whatever they can to alert other concerned citizens, encourage those who know how to organize a Friends of the Clark Memorial Library 501(c)3 to get together and do so, identify potential members, discover potential funding sources, and lean on the Clarkdale Town Council to keep our library in the FY2017/18 budget and hire a full-time librarian.

(This is coming together. But as befits any tale involving the red bull, in a rather odd way.

  • A Friends of Clark Memorial Library group materialized. It’s current mission, however, is to reopen a library the Council voted to close. Those with fundraising experience should contact Jimmy Salmon, Clarkdale’s Postmaster, at Friends@ClarkMemorialLibrary.org.
  • Prince Lir has appeared in the form of Corey Christians, Director of the Yavapai County Free Library District. He left the May 23 meeting, went back to Prescott, and devised a plan that will put a librarian back in our library and drive the red bull into the sea.
  • IF…concerned citizens of Clarkdale can be talked into believing this…and the Town Council doesn’t do anything weirder than they already have…and the County Supervisors don’t balk for some equally weird reason.)

By default, David Perrell and Therese Hearn were sort of leading some of this band of irregulars because they set out to paper Clarkdale with heads-up flyers, and every movement needs a talking head or two or three. They’ve joined Jimmy because this is a small town and FCML needs flyer schleppers. But this situation still requires disorganized labor.

To join SaveCML, do one or more of the following:

  • Respond to breaking news. At this point, a few words from many are better than a treatise from one. Addresses you may need:
    • Clarkdale Town Council c/o Kathy.Bainbridge@clarkdale.az.gov or snail mail for a change: P.O. Box 308, Clarkdale, AZ 86324.
    • Randy Garrison, Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor, 10 South 6th Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
    • Corey Christians, Director, Yavapai County Free Library District, 1971 Commerce Circle, Suite D, Prescott, AZ 86301
    • Jimmy Salmon, Friends of Clark Memorial Library, P.O. Box 301, Clarkdale, AZ 86324
    • Verde Independent newspaper (https://www.verdenews.com/submit/letter-to-the-editor/)
    • Arizona Republic newspaper (http://static.azcentral.com/opinion/letters/)
    • And if you haven’t already, write or e-mail your State Representatives. Complain bitterly about the State’s siphoning funds from municipalities and ask if they can at least help save Clarkdale’s historic library. Can’t hurt. Might help.
  • If social media is your venue, get on it. This may be the worthiest cause you’ll ever tweet and, quite possibly, the most successful you’ve ever followed. Start with “Plan in the works to re-open Clark Memorial Library” Verde Independent, June 22, 2017.
  • June 30, find Friends of Clark Memorial Library wandering around the Downtown Block Party (6:00 to 9:00 pm on Main St.). If the mood hits you, wear mourning, but bring fiddle, drums, or fife. This is a wake, not a funeral.
  • July 4, find Friends of Clark Memorial Library sitting in the Clarkdale Park until 11:00 am or so, booth 2, corner of 11th and Main. Come enjoy Independence Day festivities. Wear red, white, and blue. AND BRING GENTLY USED BOOKS FOR THE GRAND REOPENING BOOK SALE, WHENEVER THAT MAY BE. (If you have too many to lug while eating pancakes and ice cream, Friends will pick them up at your convenience.)
  • Support the Friends of Clark Memorial Library. CML needs encouragement now, cash when incorporation is approved, and in-library volunteers before it can reopen.
  • Be sure your library card designates Clark Memorial Library as your home library. (If you got your card elsewhere, request your home library be changed to CML—a small task the ladies at the checkout counter can accomplish in a heartbeat. This is still important for political reasons. YLN doesn’t care.)
  • Keep ordering books and AV materials. While CML is closed, pick up your YLN orders at Jerome Public Library (boost JPL’s circulation) or Yavapai College Library. Don’t add to Cottonwood’s parking and computer access problems.
  • Help fellow citizens with limited mobility and keep CML in the public eye until it reopens. Go to Contact with ideas, offers, and/or requests for carpooling, booklift operations, Jerome jeepnies, storytime sit-ins, batting for books—no peaceful idea is too nutty.
  • Or download the volunteer form PDF by clicking the image below, print it, fill it out, and mail it to Friends of Clark Memorial Library, P.O. Box 301, Clarkdale, AZ 86324.