Fiction Brings Art History to Life
During my most recent visit to Chicago, I decided to visit the Art Institute. Founded in 1879 and located in a historic building on Michigan Avenue in Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States.
While wandering the gallery and admiring the paintings of Paul Cézanne, I was reminded of a book that I recently checked out from the library, “Chasing Cézanne” by Peter Mayle. You may recognize this author’s name from his work “A Year in Provence.”
In this light read, the protagonist André Kelly is sent to Cap Ferrat to photograph homes of wealthy art collectors. While on assignment, he happens to witness a Cézanne being removed from a collector’s home. Kelly becomes suspicious when the owner of the house is nowhere to be found and the painting is driven away in a plumber’s truck. Read about the fun adventures of Andre Kelly, as he tries to solve this mystery of the stolen Cézanne.
When I thought about this book, I recalled how much I enjoy reading novels about artists and works of art. If you have similar interests, you might enjoy these titles:
Most of these titles are available from the Yavapai Library Network in various formats: regular print, large print, audiobook on CD, e-book, and Playaway. Please contact the library if you need assistance placing hold.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, businesses and foundations, and individuals like you. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 or can be made online at www.sedonalibrary.org.
September promises to be an exciting month, with book signings by two authors: J.A. Jance and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger. Meet J.A. Jance at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, on Thursday, September 14, at 5:00 p.m. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger will speak Saturday, September 30, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek and Sunday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. in the community room at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.
J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, is on tour promoting her latest book “Proof of Life,” a J.P. Beaumont mystery. Jance has more than 20 million books in print. Jance’s writing career spans three decades and includes more than 50 books in four different series—Ali Reynolds, J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady, and the Walker family—along with a volume of poetry. Although she was once denied entry into a university-level creative writing course, that didn’t stop her from living her dream of becoming a writer. Born in South Dakota and raised in Bisbee, Arizona, she and her husband Bill split their time between homes in Arizona and Washington state. This book signing event is sponsored by Sedona Public Library, the Sedona Arts Center, and ML Coleman Studios.
“The Journal of Sedona Schnebly” is Lisa Schnebly Heidinger’s tenth book. She dreamed of telling her great-grandmother’s story since childhood and has been working on this project for more than 30 years. The book contains 30 images from the Schnebly family’s private collections and “draws you into a fiercely private woman’s life that is by turns amusing and heartbreaking and always fascinating,” explains the author.
A native of Arizona, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger is deeply passionate about sharing stories of our amazing state and helping others find their “favorite Arizona.” During 35 years working in journalism and broadcasting, Lisa has honed the craft of sussing out and sharing stories in newspapers, magazines, and books and on the radio and TV. As part of her investigative work, Lisa went into a drug tunnel, had dinner with polygamist families, walked through plane crash debris, and interviewed death row inmates—before taking on the truly risky pursuit of raising a family.
Don’t miss these opportunities to meet J.A. Jance and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger. Books will be for sale during these events. For more information or to reserve your book for purchase during the day of the book signing, please contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village, at 928.284.1603 or email email@example.com.
If you have traveled I-40 west, you have probably passed by Camp Navajo without giving it a second thought; however, you may not be familiar with the fascinating history of the facility, originally named Navajo Ordnance Depot. Just weeks after Pearl Harbor, the War Department announced the construction of a massive ammunition depot 10 miles west of Flagstaff at Bellemont on U.S. Highway 66. During this period in history, Flagstaff’s population exploded from 5,000 to 20,000. The army rushed the $17 million project to completion, and several thousand Navajo and Hopi construction workers stayed to run the struggling new depot, the key storage facility for the Port of Los Angeles.
Historian John Westerlund will be partnering with Sedona Public Library to lead a walking tour of historic Camp Navajo on Monday, September 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The tour will include three stops: the headquarters building, Indian Village, and the prisoner-of-war camp. There is an optional 200-yard walk to the POW Camp Monument. The tour will also pass by the beautiful Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which recently opened.
Our tour guide, Dr. John Westerlund, is an independent scholar and a historian of the American West. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1994 after a 26-year career as a field officer that included service in Vietnam and three tours in Europe. He completed his doctoral studies in American West history at Northern Arizona University in 2001. He served as a seasonal National Park Service ranger for 11 summers with the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. His book Arizona’s War Town: Flagstaff, Navajo Ordnance Depot, and World War II won several awards for preservation of Southwest culture. He has published numerous articles in The Journal of Arizona History along with articles in French and U.S. defense-related journals. Westerlund has been a “Road Scholar” with Arizona Humanities for over a decade. He currently lives in Flagstaff with his wife, Gail, and is a member of the Flagstaff Corral of Westerners.
To learn more about the history of the area before the tour, it is recommended that you read Westerlund’s book Arizona’s War Town: Flagstaff, Navajo Ordnance Depot and World War II, available in the Yavapai Library Network. Call the library if you need assistance placing a hold.
Normally, Camp Navajo is not open to the public, so don’t miss the opportunity to join us for this tour as we explore the rich history of the Navajo Ordnance Depot and Flagstaff’s role in the war effort. Cost of the tour is $10.00, which is payable at the time of registration and does not include transportation. Form of payment is cash only. Checks and credit cards will NOT be accepted. Registration will close Saturday, September 2. Please contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library, at 928-284-1603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new bookstore in town. Friends of the Sedona Library (FOL) recently opened their bookstore at 3270 White Bear Road in the house adjacent to Sedona Public Library. This ongoing fundraising campaign replaces book sales that were held throughout the year at the Library. Now, the entire inventory is available all year long. Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For many years Friends of the Sedona Library have championed library services in our community. They have supported Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) by generously contributing funds to purchase a new book return box, sponsoring Arizona Humanities programs in the Village, and donating prizes for special events at SPL-V.
There are several ways you can support Friends of the Sedona Public Library:
The next time you visit Sedona Public Library, visit the FOL bookstore. We appreciate the efforts of the individuals who made the bookstore a reality. For more information, please call the bookstore at 928-282-7714, ext. 127 or contact FOL President Mary A. Snyder at 928-204-9101.
Friends of the Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations and memberships are deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
The lazy days of summer are here. As a kid growing up, what did you do to beat the heat? Did you run through the sprinkler? Did you operate a lemonade stand? Did you participate in your library’s summer reading program?
You don’t have to miss out on all the fun just because you’re no longer a kid! There’s still time to join the adult summer reading program sponsored by Sedona Public Library (SPL). The program begins Saturday, June 3, and ends Monday, July 31. Sign-up is free and easy. Register online or in-person at the reference desk at SPL or Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V). Registration closes Monday, July 17.
Participate in the adult summer reading program by logging your reading progress. All forms of reading count towards earning points: books, magazines, audiobooks, and reading aloud to others. Readers accumulate coupons based on the amount of reading done. For every 100 pages read and logged, earn a coupon to enter the weekly raffle held each Monday at 5:00 p.m. Coupons must be dropped off at the reference desk at SPL or SPL-V prior to the drawing. Attendance at the drawings is not required. Winners will be contacted by phone or email. Weekly prizes include gifts from Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 89Agave, Builders FirstSource, Ramsey’s Rocks and Minerals, Hummingbird House, Pizza Picazzo, Starbucks, Sedona International Film Festival, and Cleaner Quicker Car Wash.
The grand prize drawing will be lunch for two at the Etch Kitchen & Bar at L’Auberge. To be eligible for this drawing, participants must submit a completed stamped game card. The game card contains nine squares corresponding to various library-related activities such as reading a new genre, using a culture pass to visit a museum or cultural institution, and attending library programs.
In keeping with this year’s summer reading program theme of “Build a Better World,” we are encouraging participants to help local children by donating items for the Sedona Community Food Bank’s Weekend Emergency Packs for Hungry Kids. The top five items requested include applesauce, fruit cups, 100% juice boxes, and individual servings of cereal and macaroni and cheese. These items may be donated at SPL or SPL-V. Get your game card stamped when you donate food items.
To celebrate the end of the adult summer reading program, participants are invited to an ice cream social in the community room at Sedona Public Library on Tuesday, August 1, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please join us at this adults-only event as we cool off with ice cream treats provided by Baskin-Robbins and Cold Stone Creamery. RSVP to Sophia Russell by phone at 928.282.7714, ext. 114, or email email@example.com no later than Tuesday, July 18.
For more information about the adult summer reading program, pick up a brochure at SPL or SPL-V. Special thanks to you and our sponsors for supporting and participating in the adult summer reading program.
Whether you’re a camera buff or simply like to admire photos taken by others, the Yavapai Library Network (YLN) offers a wealth of resources to help you appreciate the wonders of photography. And since May is National Photo Month, this is a great time to see what YLN has to offer.
An online search of the YLN catalog produced 6,956 results about photography. While this number seems overwhelming, it’s possible to limit your search results. For example, the subject of landscape photography resulted in 275 items. A search for Ansel Adams, the famous American photographer and conservationist, listed 98 resources including print books, an e-book, VHS tapes and DVDs.
If you’re interested in taking a photography class online, sign up using the library database Universal Class. To register for a self-paced, continuing education course, you will need your library card and pin number. Five photography courses are listed: Digital Photography 101, Photography 101: Beginner to Intermediate, Digital Photography with the iPhone, Photoshop Elements 101 and Photoshop Elements Version 7.0 (or earlier). You may earn continuing education credits, and the classes are FREE.
Another library database called Zinio for Libraries offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading. The Library’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods and no limits. Zinio has the following photography magazines available to view on your desktop computer or download to the Zinio app on your mobile device: Digital Photography, Digital Photography Pro, Outdoor Photography, Popular Photography and Shutterfly.
In celebration of National Photo Month, the Library is hosting the Arizona Humanities program The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa on Monday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. Louise Serpa was the first woman to venture inside the arena to shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust and dirt of the rodeo arena became Louise’s lifeblood for almost 50 years. She never missed shooting the Tucson Rodeo from 1963 through 2011. The presentation includes some of Louise’s amazing rodeo photographs and family pictures. This program, generously funded by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, is free and open to the public.
There are many ways to celebrate National Photo Month. What are you waiting for? Dig out those old photos and organize them in a photo album. Grab your camera or phone and start making memories.
If you need assistance searching the catalog, placing holds or accessing the online databases, please call or stop by the Library. Sedona Public Library in the Village is at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sedona Public Library is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Drop by Sedona Library in the Village (SPL-V) during the week of April 9 through 15 to help us celebrate National Library Week and enter a drawing for a Kindle. The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Libraries Transform.” While it is true that libraries transform people’s lives, libraries have changed to keep up with the demands of technology in today’s world.
Since opening in 2005, SPL-V has definitely transformed. If you have been a resident of the Village for very long, you may remember when library materials were returned to a box at Weber’s IGA. That changed when former library director David Keeber and a committee of Village residents, concerned about traffic issues with the Highway 179 improvement project, requested and received funding from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and the Yavapai County Free Library District to open a library service center in VOC. Residents of the Village also donated funds to support the project.
SPL-V opened in December of 2005 at 56 W. Cortez Drive in a room with 450 square feet and three public access computers. Today, the service center, located at Suite 51A in Bell Rock Plaza, has 1,100 square feet of space with six public access computers, free Wi-Fi, mobile printing, and a Library Document Station. Our statistics show the Village library continues to thrive, with significant growth in number of new library cards issued, number of patrons using the facility, and number of items being checked out.
The Village library offers a monthly book discussion the last Tuesday of every month at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Join us Tuesday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m. for the discussion of “The Underground Railroad,” the National Book Award fiction winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead. The book is available in several formats: regular print, large type, CD book, and ebook. Contact the Library if you need assistance placing a hold.
The Library also hosts an Arizona Humanities speaker program every month at Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in VOC. As part of Read Around Sedona, a community reading program, this month’s presentation on Monday, April 10, is the World War II–themed “Crosscurrents in the Desert: The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona” by Elsie Szecsy. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, the program is free and open to the public. All speaker programs begin at 1:30 p.m.
We currently have 17 volunteers and one staff person to assist you with your library needs. Stop by SPL-V to help us celebrate our wonderful library service center in the Village of Oak Creek.
We appreciate the support of our patrons and visitors. Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Book clubs have been a popular way to discover new authors and talk about books for years. But a trend that’s been sweeping the country takes the book club out of living rooms and into an entire community.
Sedona Public Library (SPL) is launching a community-wide reading program called Read Around Sedona, with “House of Apache Fires,” written by local author Morgan Jameson, as the first selection. This historical fiction novel set during World War II takes place in Sedona, Flagstaff and the Frye home in Red Rock State Park. The action-packed plot mixes real historic characters like Jack and Helen Frye with fictional Nazis embarked on a daring sabotage mission.
There are several ways to participate in Read Around Sedona. If you belong to a book club, encourage your book club to read and discuss the book. SPL will have several copies available for circulation. If you need assistance placing a hold, please contact the Library. You may also purchase the Kindle edition from Amazon or check out the EPUB edition on the Library’s OverDrive ebooks platform.
As part of Read Around Sedona, the Library has planned several events in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Please check the events calendar on the Library website at www.sedonalibrary.org or call the Library to confirm the location.
All programs are free and open to the public. The Arizona Community Reads project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information, please contact Galen Worthington at SPL at 928.282.7714, extension 116 or Cheryl Yeatts at SPL-V at 928.284.1603. We are excited about this opportunity for our community and hope you will support and participate in Read Around Sedona.
What brought you to Sedona? Was it the love of hiking in the red rocks? Did you move here to be closer to family? Did you re-locate for a job, or did you dream of retiring in Sedona? Whatever your reason for making Sedona your home, you may be intrigued by the interesting history of our scenic town.
You probably know that Sedona was named after Sedona Schnebly, one of the early settlers of the area. Sedona Arabella Miller was born February 24, 1877, in Missouri. At the age of twenty, Sedona married Theodore Carleton (T.C.) Schnebly and the couple moved to the Arizona Territory to join T.C.’s brother, Ellsworth. The family farmed and built a home along Oak Creek, where Tlaquepaque stands today.
As more people settled the area, T.C. saw the need to establish a post office. He suggested naming the town Oak Creek Crossing or Schnebly Station. The Postmaster General said the names were too long. Ellsworth Schnebly suggested naming the town after Sedona. The town and the post office became official in 1902 and the rest is history. Sedona Schnebly is buried along with T.C. and their daughter Pearl at the Cook Cemetery off Airport Road in West Sedona.
If you are interested in learning more about Sedona Schnebly and the history of Sedona, several excellent resources are available.
Attend the Arizona Humanities program “Sedona: From Cucumbers to Leavenworth” on Wednesday, February 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, Sedona’s great-granddaughter, will share little-known facts and anecdotes about Sedona and her family. Lisa is currently writing the biography of Sedona and will be sharing sections from her manuscript.
Visit the Sedona Heritage Museum located in Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Road in uptown Sedona. Take a self-guided tour to view exhibits highlighting early settlers, ranching and cowboys, the orchard industry, movies made in Sedona, and Sedona Schnebly, the town’s namesake. Before you visit the museum, stop by Sedona Public Library and use your library card to check out a Culture Pass, which will give you two free admissions to the Sedona Heritage Museum. (Please note: Culture Passes are available only at the main library.)Take time to view the lovely sculpture of Sedona that graces the entrance to the Library.
Access the library website at www.sedonalibrary.org to search for titles in the Arizona Collection at Sedona Public Library and the Yavapai Library Network. Cline Library at Northern Arizona University has amazing resources in their Special Collections and Archives, including photos and oral history interviews. View this information online at http://archive.library.nau.edu/cdm/resources. For assistance accessing this information online, ask your librarian, “the original search engine.”
Please call Sedona Public Library at 928-282-7714 or Sedona Public Library in the Village at 928-284-1603 for more information about services, programs, and exhibits offered at your library.
Now that the holidays are over, January seems rather anti-climactic. If you are looking for things to do that won’t put a strain on your budget, look no further than your library. Most library services and programs are free.
Here are 17 things that you can do at your library in January to welcome 2017:
No matter your age, your library has something for everyone. With your library card, you have access to over 1 million items in the Yavapai Library Network. The library also has computers available for public use and access to free Wi-Fi. There are free programs for all ages. Take full advantage of your library in 2017!
Please call Sedona Public Library at 928-282-7714 or Sedona Public Library in the Village at 928-284-1603 for more information about services, programs, and exhibits offered at your library.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.