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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 4, 2011

What’s Happening at the Sedona Library in February

It’s always a good idea to visit the library, but this month we offer some special displays and programs that make visiting the library a must.

The library’s Annual Quilt Show, organized by Patty Krause, is attracting residents and visitors to view another display of local creativity and imagination.  Quilters throughout the community are once again sharing their work with you as we pay tribute to the beauty and art of quilting.  Be sure to walk through both the main library and the Si Birch Community Room to see all 65 quilts.  The quilts will be up through February 10.

One of the quilts that is a collaborative effort is “Friendship Jungle.”  Sharon Angelo and her friend Suzon Stauffer of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, have enjoyed a yearly round-robin quilting “experience” since Sharon and her husband moved to Sedona several years ago.  The making of this quilt started when Sharon sent Suzon the mola she purchased in Panama on a cruise through the Canal.  Over the next several months their creative juices flowed, resulting in the “Friendship Jungle” made out of scraps of hand-dyed fabric and batiks. 

Local quilting groups constructed “Jewels in the Garden” and “Sedona in Bloom.”  These exquisite quilts will be raffled off to benefit the groups’ service projects.  Raffle tickets are available at the Quilter’s Store Sedona.
Another display currently at the library is a selection of paintings done by the members of NAWS (Northern Arizona Watercolor Society).  NAWS has a membership of approximately 180 artists. These artists regularly exhibit their works in the Sedona area as well as statewide and nationwide.   NAWS welcomes new members at any stage of their artistic careers.  Information about NAWS can be found at  The display will be at the library through February 22.
Once again the library is cooperating with the AARP Foundation to offer tax help.  AARP Tax-Aide is a program that offers free tax help for taxpayers, with special attention to those who are 60 and older.  Trained volunteers will be available to prepare returns and answer questions in the library’s Si Birch Community Room on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 14.  For more information call 1-888-227-7669 or visit the website

The Arizona Humanities Council programs will now be offered at the main library in addition to our usual presentations in the Village of Oak Creek.  Our first speaker for 2011 will be Dr. Chris Smith, an associate professor of history at Arizona State University.  He will share an in-character presentation of William Mulholland on Wednesday, February 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the main library on White Bear Road and at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.  These programs are brought to you by the Library’s Board of Trustees and funded by the Friends of the Library.

The Monday Night Movie scheduled for February 7 is a salute to the Sedona Marathon (which will take place February 12).  The movie features two very different runners – determined Jewish Cambridge scholar Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and devout Presbyterian missionary Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) –
who compete for the British team in the 1924 Olympics, facing intense pressure and complex personal tests of faith. Hugh Hudson directs this 1981 Best Picture Oscar winner, which is based on a true story.

Sedona Public Library is one of the Marathon’s benefiting organizations, so help support the library by participating and collecting pledges or by sponsoring a participant. 

Latino Services will host its annual Bilingual Poetry Night “Love Words/ Palabras de Amor” on Friday, February 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room.  English and Spanish poetry readings will showcase the beauty of the languages.  Light refreshments will be provided by a local restaurant.

Check the library’s website for other events offered this month, including story times and other programs for children, a Great Decisions 2011 discussion group, computer classes, yoga classes, and various community group meetings open to the public. There’s always something happening at the library.  For more information call the library at 928-282-7714 or SPL in the Village at 928-284-1603.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.