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By: Laura Lawrie
For: Red Rock News
Date: January 14, 2011

Sedona Public Library in the Village is moving!
SPL in the Village will be closing the 56 W Cortez Drive location at 1:00 p.m. on January 22.  We will open at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1 at C102 Tequa Plaza.  The bookdrop will be available at W Cortez through January 29 and be available at Tequa Plaza on January 31.  Thank you for your support and donations to continue library services in the Village.

Exercise Your Body As Well As Your Mind

Pliny the Younger said, “It is remarkable how one's wits are sharpened by physical exercise.” And Cicero noted, “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”

Everyone in Sedona has the opportunity to exercise both body and mind in February—and the Sedona Public Library can benefit as well! The 2011 Sedona Marathon will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2011. As stated on the Sedona Marathon Web site, “The Sedona Marathon enables selected charities to benefit from a portion of the proceeds of the event and from dedicated pledges made through the charity associated marathon participants” ( This year, the Sedona Public Library is one of the benefiting organizations. You can walk or run for free as long as you raise pledges for the Sedona Public Library. Kids under 18 should raise a minimum of $50 and adults should raise a minimum of $250. Forms with more information are available at the Library, or you can contact

Most people reading that paragraph would think, “How can I run or walk the entire marathon?” Well, you don’t have to—you can enter the 5K race, which is just a little over 3 miles. People of all ages enter this race each year, and you can have a great time preparing for it, and maybe also develop a great habit of walking on a regular basis after the race is over.

According to Thomas Jefferson, “Walking is the best possible exercise”—and health professionals would certainly agree with that! There are many books available through the Yavapai Library Network to help you get started and also keep walking. Check out Therese Iknoian’s “Fitness Walking,” Charles Kuntzleman’s “The Complete Book of Walking,” Casey Meyers’s “Walking: A Complete Guide to the Complete Exercise,” or Maggie Spilner’s “Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking: Everything You Need to Know to Walk Your Way to Better Health.” There are also many memoirs and novels about walking and walking clubs; Claire Cook’s “The Wildwater Walking Club” could inspire you to start your own walking group! And there is even a cultural history of walking: “The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism” by Geoff Nicholson.

If you really are not able to walk or run, please consider volunteering to help on the day ( Or you can set up a spot along the race route and cheer people on! You’re bound to see a lot of people you know and they will be glad for the support!

And just to get everyone in the mood in the week before the race, on Monday, February 7, Flicker Shack will be showing the 1981 Academy Award-winning movie that tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

You can find out more by following us on Facebook or Twitter (links to both are on the Home page of our Web site: And please pick up a pledge form at the Library! We look forward to seeing you at the Marathon!

Laura Lawrie
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Laura Lawrie is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.