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.
Remember the days when you did not have to worry about Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve until the day AFTER Thanksgiving? Those days are gone. While the lengthy holiday season can be enjoyable, many people experience stress from the demands of buying gifts and preparing for big gatherings.
Fortunately, we can take actions to manage some of the stress we feel during the holiday season or at any other time of the year. The American Psychological Association (APA) offers these tips for dealing with stress:
Take a break from the stressor. This sounds easier said than done. British scientists discovered that reading a book relieves stress. These researchers found that reading a memoir can reduce stress by as much as 65%. If you need recommendations, Google “best memoirs” or ask your librarian. I recommend “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time,” “Spoken from the Heart,” and “Three Weeks with My Brother.”
Exercise. We know that exercise provides many benefits, but it is challenging to find time to exercise. I believe that exercise should be fun. Borrow exercise DVDs from the Library to find out what works for you. Many of these DVDs are geared for seniors. Since I enjoy dancing, I checked out Zumba DVDs. Maybe I will borrow the DVD “I Hate to Exercise, I Love Tap.”
Smile and laugh. I love books that make me laugh out loud. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is hilarious. I can’t wait to read about Stephanie’s latest adventures in “Turbo-Twenty Three.” If you are not familiar with this series, I suggest you begin with the first book “One for the Money.” I also enjoyed reading “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. The main character reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory.” This popular TV show is currently airing its 10 th season. If you need to catch up on Sheldon and the gang, seasons 1 through 9 are available at the Library.
Get social support. Surround yourself with positive people. Volunteering at the Library gives you opportunities to get out of the house, meet new people, and catch up with friends. You can get exercise, too, if you volunteer to shelve books or sort books for the Friends of the Library book sales.
Meditate. Make a quiet moment for yourself. Marvel at the beauty of the red rocks, take a hike, watch a sunset, walk through a beautiful garden, keep a gratitude journal, write a letter to a loved one, or listen to music.
The staff and volunteers at the Library wish you a most joyous holiday season. We look forward to assisting you with your library needs in the coming year. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
Journey along historic Route 66 with Marshall Shore on Monday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. During this Arizona Humanities program, “Arizona Kicks on Route 66,” the speaker will share the history of Route 66 and tell about the impact it had on the state during its prime. He will also share what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of the towns that drew life from the road. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shore’s storytelling magic. The program, generously funded by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.
Route 66, one of the original U.S. highways, was established November 11, 1926. During the Great Depression, it became the major path by which people migrated west seeking work, warm weather, and new opportunities. Over the years it has earned many nicknames: “The Great Diagonal Way” because the Chicago to Oklahoma City stretch ran northeast to southwest, “The Main Street of America,” and “The Will Rogers Highway.” Today, portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona are designated as Historic Route 66 National Scenic Byways.
How long has it been since you read the American classic “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck? Steinbeck referred to Route 66 as “the Mother Road,” a name that has endured. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940, this epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migrations of the 1930s. Steinbeck tells the story of the Joads, an Oklahoma farm family, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.
In his book “Route 66: The Mother Road 75 th Anniversary Edition,” Michael Wallis hits the road revisiting people and places that made the Mother Road an American icon. This book is a tribute to Route 66 that takes readers on an unforgettable journey on America’s most famous and beloved highway.
To get a little closer to home, consider watching “Route 66 Arizona.” This DVD features stories and interviews with those who make Route 66 what it is.
The Yavapai Library Network also offers a few cookbooks about Route 66: “The Route 66 Cookbook,” “Main Street of America Cookbook: A Culinary Journey down Route 66,” and “Dine in Route 66: Flavors of Route 66 in the Comfort of Your Own Home!”
Since October has been designated as National Arts and Humanities Month, this article will focus on the Library’s partnership with Arizona Humanities. Sedona Public Library has had a long-standing partnership with Arizona Humanities to provide educational and enjoyable speaker programs for our community.
Here’s a preview of Arizona Humanities speaker programs scheduled for 2016:
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Library services are made possible thanks to generous donations of individuals and foundations. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
The Arizona State Library has awarded a grant in the amount of $13,600 to Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V). Funds from this grant were used to purchase a self-service Library Document Station (LDS), a laser printer, and software for wireless printing.
The volunteers and I listened to requests from our community and pursued funding to purchase this technology. I am very happy that SPL-V was named as a grant recipient. Thanks to funding from this grant, we can now offer new services.
With the self-service Library Document Station, you can fax, scan, and print documents. Because the LDS is self-service, your documents remain private. The technology is convenient, affordable, and easy to use.
Funds from the grant were also used to purchase software to offer mobile printing. With our new mobile printing service, you can use your personal computer or mobile device from anywhere to print to the printer at the Village library. Simply submit a document for printing and come to the Village library within two hours to pick up your print job. To access this service, you will need a library card from the Yavapai Library Network or an email address. Visit the SPL-V webpage to access directions for mobile printing at the Village library, or call the Village library for more information.
SPL-V’s grant was made possible from federal funds received by the Arizona State Library under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More than $800,000 was awarded on a competitive basis to libraries in Arizona, including SPL-V. The State Library also uses the federal funds to support statewide services, including family literacy and reading programs, electronic databases, digital government initiatives, and continuing education classes.
To learn more about the Library Document Station and wireless printing, attend our Open House on Wednesday, September 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Village library. We will be celebrating our one-year anniversary at Bell Rock Plaza. Enjoy light refreshments and enter our drawing to win prizes.
If you cannot attend the Open House, stop by the Village library for a demonstration of this innovative technology. Sedona Public Library in the Village is located 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 received the 2016 Spirit of Sedona Community Collaborator Award from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona. This award recognizes the Library’s successful work in bringing groups together to benefit the community.
Library Director Virginia Volkman is honored that the Library has been acknowledged for its community engagement and service to individuals. Sedona Public Library is the third recipient of this award following the Verde Valley Medical Center in 2014 and the Rotary Club of Sedona in 2015. “We are in good company with these past recipients,” Volkman said.
Sedona Public Library, founded in 1958, is a nonprofit organization that has made a huge impact on the Sedona region for nearly 60 years. In fact, this community hub saw 200,000 residents and visitors come through the doors of the main library and the Village library last year to create, communicate, and collaborate. Often when people come in to read the news, check out a new bestseller, or admire the annual quilt show, they see someone they know or make a new friend.
The Library has been likened to the “family room” for the community. We provide something for everyone. Enhancing the lives of patrons and guests is what we’re all about. Let us know if there’s a connection we can help you make.
This important award reflects the history of strong partnerships the Library holds with numerous community organizations and professional groups. These partners provide valuable services for the community at the West Sedona location as well as in the Village of Oak Creek. Partners include Northern Arizona Healthcare, Veterans History Project, Sedona Winds Retirement Community, Arizona Humanities, Friends of Sedona Library, AARP, Oak Creek Apples Macintosh Users, the General Consulate of Mexico, and many more.
Through the Act One Culture Pass program, we collaborate with 19 organizations to offer free admission for two to museums and cultural institutions in Northern Arizona and the Phoenix region.
We sponsored over 800 free library events and gatherings last year including activities specifically for children, youth, and families; art, photography, quilt, and weaving exhibits; movie nights and literary readings; legal and computer workshops; as well as music, theater, and comedy events. Additionally, 50 nonprofit organizations used the meeting rooms throughout the year.
Even with all the hustle and bustle, the beautiful facilities offer numerous quiet spaces for reading, computer work, or research.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona’s 16th Annual Spirit of Sedona reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. For more information about this event, contact Judi Smith at 928-282-2042.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies completely upon the community to provide its programs and services. SPL is grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, Friends of the Library, businesses, foundations, and individuals like you. Please support your public library with a tax-deductible gift by visiting www.sedonalibrary.org.
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.