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By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: September 2013


I recently celebrated my three-year anniversary as Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village. One of the benefits of working or volunteering at the Library is being surrounded by books. Many of us leave the Library with more books than we can possibly read. In addition, we usually have books waiting for us on the hold shelves. So it’s not surprising that I have witnessed individuals in a state of panic when they don’t have a book in hand.

Book lovers are eager to share books and to recommend their favorite authors. As a result, I have expanded my reading interests. I now read books that I would not have picked up before I worked at the Library. For example, I just finished reading “Grand Ambition” by Lisa Michaels. I had to read this book to prepare for a book discussion. While the book is classified as a historical novel, it is based on the real-life story of newlyweds Glen and Bessie Hyde.

The events that inspired the book are summarized in this excerpt from the author, Lisa Michaels: “In November 1928, one year after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, a pair of newlyweds set out to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon in a homemade boat. Swept up by America’s obsession with feats of daring, Glen and Bessie Hyde hoped to set a record—she would be the first woman to run that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. A month later they vanished without a trace.”

I have to admit that it took me several pages to get into the story; however, I soon had a difficult time putting the book down. I couldn’t wait to find out why and how the Hydes simply disappeared. I gained respect for Bessie Hyde in her quest to become the first woman to navigate the Grand Canyon. She was a woman ahead of her time—a woman who did not live to tell her story.

If you missed the community book discussion of “Grand Ambition” at Sedona Winds, you can check out a copy from the Library. In fact, Sedona Public Library boasts outstanding resources about Arizona, located in the Arizona Collection. You can also borrow books written by Sedona authors and check out movies that were filmed in Sedona.

I look forward to reading more about Glen and Bessie Hyde in the nonfiction book entitled “Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde.” I will never visit the Grand Canyon again without thinking of Bessie Hyde.

Upcoming library events in the Village of Oak Creek:

As part of the ongoing Sedona Public Library in the Village Rotating Artist Series, Husain Abdul-Alim will display his artwork at SPL-V beginning Tuesday, September 10. A reception for the artist will be held at SPL-V on Wednesday, September 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Some of Abdul-Alim’s artwork will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Sedona Public Library in the Village.

If you are interested in learning more about Arizona history, plan to attend the Arizona Humanities Council program on Monday, September 23. Karen J. Leong, Director of the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at Arizona State University, will present “Japanese American Internment in Arizona.” The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. This program, sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, Friends of the Sedona Public Library, and the Sedona Library Board, is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome!

The Library offers a wealth of programs for all ages and interests. If you need assistance with downloading library e-books to your e-reader or tablet, please call 928.284.1603 or 928.282.7714 to schedule an appointment.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102. The Library is located in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. 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, please return library materials to the book drop box. You may also call the main Library at 928.282.7714 if you need assistance when SPL-V is closed. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928.284.1603 or voc@sedonalibrary.org if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V.

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. Thank you for your continuing support of free library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

Cheryl Yeatts
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.

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