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.
If you need reading recommendations, ask a Sedona Public Library volunteer. Many of our volunteers retired from exciting professions before coming on board with SPL. Careers included architecture, engineering, nursing, education, and libraries to name a few. These volunteers bring a plethora of interests and hobbies to their service. From gardening and jewelry making to cooking and motorcycle riding, they have much to offer our patrons, and of course, they are avid readers. Learn more about our volunteers to discover their reading recommendations.
Florence Shreve divides her time between volunteering at the Village Library and a library in Willard, Ohio. She is reading “The End Game” by Katherine Coulter and plans to read J.D. Robb next. Florence enjoys meeting our patrons and likes seeing the different books that circulate.
You may recognize Carol Stetser from the Main Library. She has volunteered for many years and remembers the original library on Jordan Road. Carol volunteers at the Village Library on Tuesday afternoons and at the Main Library on Wednesday mornings. She recently finished Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels; she said “They are amazing.” She volunteers at the Village Library because of its relaxed atmosphere where she sees her neighbors and meets new people.
Stop by the Village Library on Thursday afternoons to meet Holly Mason who just finished “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes and is reading “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanthi. This memoir written by a neurosurgeon appealed to Holly, a career nurse.
Holly shared, “I enjoy volunteering at the library because of the very nice people I get to work with and because I feel like I am getting to know this community better.”
Valerie Girard volunteers at the Village Library every Wednesday afternoon. She is reading “The Night Manager” by John le Carré, and next up is “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.
“What I enjoy most about volunteering for the library, besides chatting with people, is the exposure to the materials that come across the desk. I love the randomness of coming across something unknown or only vaguely recalled,” remarked Valerie.
I appreciate working with the library volunteers who are simply essential to the success of this non-profit organization. Hats off to each of our dedicated volunteers at Sedona Public Library in the Village: Dale Albright, Mary Banvard, Eddie Gibson, Valerie Girard, Janice LaDuke, Ilana Maletz, Holly Mason, Olga Ostrom, Sara Schjeide, Diane Schwilling, Florence Shreve, Aurelia Simon, Carol Stetser, Bruce Vegter, Dotte Vande Linde, Dennis Young, and Lynn Zonakis.
Visit Sedona Public Library in the Village at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The Village library is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call the library at 928-284- 1603 or visit the website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
The Village of Oak Creek is a great place to live, work, and play. The best way to make new friends here is to get involved. This article will highlight several organizations that partner directly with the Library to provide opportunities for you to give back to your community, meet new people, and support the Library.
Join Friends of the Sedona Library. This organization provides over $100,000 each year to assist with the Library’s operating expenses. The Friends always need help sorting, pricing, and preparing donations for book sales. In February, the Friends donated a Kindle Fire and Library tote bags as door prizes for our Love Your Library Open House at Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V). For many years, the Friends have provided generous funding for the Arizona Humanities programs that are held in the Village. Stop by the Library to pick up your membership form.
The Red Rock Quilters have been long-time supporters of the Library. When the Library moved to Bell Rock Plaza, the Quilters donated two lovely quilts that are permanently displayed for all to enjoy. One of the quilts has a library in the center surrounded by houses representing our community. Thanks to Eunice Hill for spearheading this service project. The Red Rock Quilters have also donated quilts for quilt raffles to raise funds for SPL-V. The Red Rock Quilters Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild meets second Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (except in July and August) at the Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive.
If you have been to the Village library recently, you have probably admired the colorful planters that beautify the entrance. These planters were donated by the Sedona Area Garden Club. This organization has many service projects around town. We are very pleased they adopted the Village library. The Sedona Area Garden Club is part of the National and Arizona Federated Garden Clubs. For more information, call club president Barb Livermont at 554-4121.
Are you interested in promoting early childhood literacy? The Rotary Club of Sedona partners with Sedona Public Library to sponsor a program called the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Children from birth to five years of age, who reside in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, and the Beaver Creek School District, may receive free books by mail each month. Children must be registered for the program. For more information about Imagination Library, pick up a brochure at the Library. The registration form in English and Spanish is also available online at the Sedona Rotary websitehttp://sedonarotary.org/Page/imagination-library .
What’s your excuse for not reading? Are you too busy? Does reading printed words make your eyes tired? Have you considered listening to a book? Audiobooks provide many benefits.
When listening to a nonfiction book, I always learn something and tend to stay more focused. I recently finished “Jacqueline Kennedy Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M. Schelsinger, Jr., 1964.” This audiobook was informative, but hearing Jacqueline Kennedy’s voice during the interviews was poignant and powerful.
I was inspired to clean closets while listening to “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. This book presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.
Audiobooks are engaging. Many audiobooks are read by the authors themselves. Library patron Phyllis Elliott enjoyed hearing author Mitch Albom read his book “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” and encouraged members of her book club to listen to the author share his work.
A good narrator will make a book come alive. If you are a fan of Diana’s Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series, you will enjoy listening to the adventures of Claire and Jamie as narrated by Davina Porter. In 2006 Porter was named Audie Winner for Best Female Narrator for “A Breath of Snow and Ashes.”
You can immerse yourself in another culture and learn the nuances of language when listening to an audiobook. A few of my favorites include “The Bone Setter’s Daughter” by Amy Tan, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith, “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, and “Snowflower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See.
The library has a wonderful collection of audiobooks available in several formats. You might enjoy borrowing a Playaway, a self-contained audiobook that weighs only two ounces. Donna Hunter, an avid reader, prefers listening to Playaways for several reasons.
“I enjoy listening to Playaways because they are so portable; just slip it in your pocket and use your ear buds and you're on your way. I use the library Playaways while gardening, walking, and cleaning, etc. I sometimes linger at a task longer than I normally would because I just want to listen to one more chapter! The Playaways available through the library cover a large range of authors and subjects and I have found that I have tried and enjoyed authors that I had previously not read.”
B.J. Cobb prefers downloading audiobooks to her iPod. She listens to audiobooks while walking, hiking and traveling. Her favorite authors include David Baldacci, Lee Child and Harlan Coben, but she also likes listening to the classics. One of her favorites is “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.”
For more information about audiobooks and other library resources, please contact the Village library at 928-284-1603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to your next great book!
Are you ready for some Arizona trivia? You probably know that Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, achieved statehood on February 14, 1912, the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the Union. Did you know that in 1917, Governor Thomas Campbell refused to sign the bill to adopt the state flag? The governor did not officially state his reasons for taking no action on the bill. The state flag was adopted on February 17, 1917, by the Third Arizona Legislature without the signature of the governor.
If you are interested in learning more about the colorful history of Arizona, plan to attend the Arizona Humanities program “The Ballad of Arizona,” on Monday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. Please note the change of venue from Sedona Winds. This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Sedona Library and made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council, is free and appropriate for all ages. Donations are always welcome.
The multimedia presentation includes videos, songs, and stories that capture the special character of the Grand Canyon State. Intermixed with live music and documentary footage, “The Ballad of Arizona” features live radio-style newscasts to present important but often neglected events in Arizona history.
The show was created for the Arizona Centennial in 2012 by composer and scholar Jay Cravath and Arizona State University professor of English Dan Shilling. When developing this program, Cravath made it a point to find a diverse set of scholars who focused on various aspects of Arizona’s history.
The presenters are well-versed in the history of Arizona. Dr. Jay Cravath is a composer, writer, and scholar in the field of music and indigenous studies. He is currently the Cultural Director for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. Co-presenter Dr. Dan Shilling earned his PhD from Arizona State University. He joined the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) in 1984. While serving as the executive director of the AHC, he developed several award-winning projects on environmental history and community building.
“Audiences can think of the program as a ‘Prairie Home Companion’ for Arizona. I’ve always been a big fan of this show, and I thought it would be a nice way to approach our show,” said Cravath. “Ours is more a scholarly variety show, with vignettes about various events in history, which are presented as co-anchored news reports.”
Dan Shilling will recount the tale of forester Aldo Leopold, who came to Arizona in 1909 and eventually wrote hundreds of essays that have helped shape modern environmentalism. “The mountains near Springerville,” says Shilling, “where Leopold realized that humans and nature are members of the same community, are as important in environmental history as Thoreau’s Walden Pond.”
For information please call Sedona Public Library in the Village at 928-284-1603 or view the events calendar on the library’s website at 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.