By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: October 2012
If you have been to Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) recently, you may have noticed that we have five new desktop computers for public use. These computers were purchased with federal grant funds.
We also have made a few changes to our computer use policy. To use a computer, it is no longer necessary to sign your name on the clipboard. We now have the same reservation system that is used at the main Sedona Public Library. Users must sign in with their 14-digit library card number. We also issue guest passes to visitors. Users are limited to two, one-hour sessions on the computer daily.
When using one of the new desktop computers, you may see a message that states that the website you are trying to access is restricted. In order to receive federal grant funds, we must have a filtering system in place. This filter complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
The new computers automatically shut off at the end of each one-hour session, so computer users must save work to a flash drive. If you don’t have a flash drive, you may purchase a 4GB flash drive at the library for $5.00. Another option is to email documents to yourself. Once the computer shuts down, work in progress will be lost and cannot be retrieved. All computers are now programmed to shut down five minutes before closing time.
In the past we have provided headphones. For hygienic purposes, we now ask that computer users supply their own headphones. The library has ear buds available to purchase for $1.00.
SPL-V is fortunate to have funds to purchase new computers for public use. While these changes may be inconvenient in the beginning, we believe computer users will be better served with updated computers and revised policies.
As part of the ongoing Sedona Public Library in the Village Rotating Artist Series, Gayle Potter will display her artwork here beginning Tuesday, September 11, 2012. The artist’s show will include glass art and spirit sticks. Some of Potter’s art work will be available for purchase. A reception for the artist will be held at SPL-V in Tequa Plaza on Wednesday, September 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Arizona Humanities Council program on Wednesday, September 12, will feature David R. Berman, professor emeritus of political science and a senior research fellow at Arizona State University. “Arizona’s Constitution: The Progressive Roots” begins at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. The program, sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council and the Friends of the Sedona Library, is free and open to the public. If you attend this presentation, you may pick up your loaner copy of “An Unfinished Life,” the book featured in the October community book discussion.
Would you like to learn how to download library books to your Kindle? Sign up for a free Kindle workshop on Thursday, September 27 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at SPL-V. This workshop is for library patrons who own a Kindle and are interested in downloading library books. The class will not teach you how to operate your Kindle. You will need to bring your Kindle, your Sedona library card and pin number. You also will need your user name and password for your Amazon account. The goal of the workshop is for everyone to leave the library with at least one library book downloaded. Handouts will be provided. Registration is required and class size is limited. Please call the library at 928.284.1603 or email email@example.com to register.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the book drop boxes in the parking lot facing Highway 179. If you have questions or need directions, please contact Cheryl Yeatts, SPL-V manager, at 928.284.1603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village of Oak Creek. The Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants. Your tax deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
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Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.