What better way to spend your hot summer days than finding a cool place to read a great book, or two, or three! That’s exactly what 103 patrons did when they participated in Build a Better World, Sedona Public Library’s adult summer reading program.
In just two months, participants read more than 140,000 pages from a wide variety of genres. They reported that they read books outside their typical choices, and that they read with the same excitement as they did when children. Participants were even invited to channel their inner child as they colored the theme-based coloring page at the reference desk!
The theme this year, Build a Better World, encouraged the notion that reading and community participation can certainly improve the world. Donating food to the Sedona Food Bank's "Weekend Emergency Packs for Hungry Kids" was one small way we could use this program to build a better world. This initiative provides supplemental food for 115 children who, during the school year, receive nutritional support at school.
As part of the program, the library held weekly drawings, and readers won an array of fabulous prizes from local merchants including Builders FirstSource; Hummingbird House; Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen; 89Agave; Ramsey's Rocks and Minerals; and many more. The more you read, the better your chances at winning fabulous prizes.
The grand finale of this year’s program was a lively ice cream social where Victoria Norton won the grand prize of lunch for two donated by L'Auberge's Etch Kitchen and Bar. Victoria was one of 14 “super-readers” who completed various library-related activities which included reading from our Arizona Collection to donating food to the emergency pack program. Jenny, another super-reader, said, “Completing the game card led me to explore areas of the library about which I was unaware.”
The goals of summer reading programs across the nation are to encourage literacy, introduce (or re-introduce) adults to their community library, and to have fun! Our participants definitely agreed. Last year was the first adult program that the library offered, and this year the participation almost doubled in number.
Ashely Bowen, of Bookriot.com, who is an outspoken fan of summer reading programs expressed her enthusiasm, “Now in my 30s, I just assumed that signing up for a summer reading program was one of those joys of childhood I’d never recapture. I’m still motivated by stickers, free fast food, and tote bags, but didn’t think anybody would give those to me for reading all summer. Plus, they are just a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
Thanks to everyone for supporting and participating in this year’s Summer Reading Program. Other generous sponsors to this year’s program include Arizona State Parks, Baskin-Robbins, Cleaner Quicker Car Wash, ColdStone Creamery, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sedona International Film Festival, Safeway, and Starbucks.
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, 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.
Sedona Public Library
Column for August 11, 2017
Written by Kay Bork, Reference Assistant
At Sedona Public Library, a walk down the aisles and along the stacks may take you into the heart of all the Library offers, but it also provides a glimpse at the generous heart of this community.
You see, the Library was built, in its entirety, by you, the public. It was thousands of people, and millions of dollars, that made possible this monumental gift at the end of White Bear Road, and many are named throughout the building. Let’s go on a giving tour and see what we find.
Upon arriving you can’t help but see the bronze sculpture of Sedona Schnebly. She stands as a figurehead proudly leading this ship of free information, entertainment, and service. She is here as part of the Art in Public Places program, and we couldn’t think of a better home for her.
Before you enter the building, look at the view. This 4.3 acre plot, replete with views and vegetation, was purchased in 1986 with a $326,400 donation, explained on a plaque at the entryway. It’s just the beginning of an exciting philanthropic journey. Let’s keep walking.
Take a quick look to the left of the front doors. Nearly 250 gold, silver, and bronze plaques don the names of supporters who believed so strongly in this Library that they paid up to $5,000 to have their names at the entrance. We think of them as the welcoming committee.
When you enter the building, look up, look out, and be dazzled by 36 solid rock pillars (two that reach the ceiling three stories above). These towers bear the names of their donors who, literally, supported the building with gifts of $10,000 to $30,000.
Next, let’s meander through the stacks and notice the shiny plates on the end caps of shelving units. These signify dozens of supporters who invested in more than a half mile of book shelves, one foot at a time!
We can’t list all of the named areas and rooms, but let’s consider a few places that were so important to supporters that they invested $7,500 to $30,000 for each – the children’s room, the fireplace, the atrium, the Arizona room, the computer area, the business office, and more. No matter where you sit, read, study, work or research, when you’re here at Sedona Public Library, you see the investments of thousands of people.
One of the largest individual gifts, $100,000, named the community room. Chances are, there isn’t a reader among you who has not sat in this large space to enjoy a movie, listen to an author read, or participate in some other community event or program.
Outside the quiet study room you’ll find the Grandchildren’s Tree, a wonderful exhibit of support. Almost 350 gold, silver and bronze leaves hang from the tree indicating donors who invested from $200 to $1000 to honor or remember their grandkids.
Next you’ll find a large colorful plaque listing 324 names representing over $20,000 combined contributions to the tile project, originally located in the courtyard in the northeast corner of the building where you can appreciate the outdoors while you study or talk on the phone.
Finally, let’s go to the Silent Waterfall, a delightful stained glass wall that creates prisms and rainbows in every direction. Each pane denotes donors and patrons who honored or remembered their families and friends with a gift of $2,500. Their light shines out all day long.
Who are the artists behind all this artwork? The donors who gave so generously? You may very well know some of them. Maybe it is your neighbor, friend, uncle or great grandma who can tell you about contributing to the Library.
Ask around, and if you meet someone who has given to the Library, recently or years ago, say ‘thanks’ for making Sedona Public Library a landmark of the region.
Better yet, come by, walk around on your own, or let us know if you’d like a personal tour. We’d love to walk with you, and see who you know, tell you a story or listen to a story you’d like to share.
Thanks, Sedona, for giving this town a Library. It’s a gem!
Sedona Public Library
Column for August 4, 2017
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
This year’s Summer Reading Program was a huge success thanks to numerous community partnerships, passionate donors, and kids who love to read! So much reading and active learning has happened at the Library over the last two months, we are brimming with pride in our community kids. Take a look at all the reading going on!
This year we had 247 children and teens sign up online for Sedona Public Library’s eight-week Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World. As of last week, our readers recorded a whopping 128,854 minutes of reading, but that’s not all. Kids are writing, too, and they submitted nearly 500 book reviews and comments online. Many participants choose to use the good old-fashioned hard-copy reading logs with stickers to keep track of their reading minutes. During June alone, 815 youngsters and parents attended 43 library programs. And July is turning out to be an equally full, and fun, month! The love of books and reading is hot this summer!
Sedona Public Library is grateful to so many members of our community who are instrumental in the success of Build a Better World and our other summer programs. We aim to keep kids cool and engaged in the warm summer months, and so many donors helped us do just that. Individuals and organizations alike donated their time and expertise, as well as donating exciting prizes that have enticed reluctant readers into participating and logging their minutes. As you meet people, shop locally, help neighbors, and generally do your thing, please keep the following library supporters in mind, and if you see them, offer a thank you!
Red Rock State Park Ranger Susan Joyner and Don Jones, the local “grandson of a mountain man,” presented informative and interactive programs about animal habitats and beavers.
The Arizona Science Center and Flagstaff’s The Wonder Factory provided engaging science and engineering-based workshops where children could experiment with wind tunnels, electrolytes, and frozen baseballs.
Dr. Beyer ran our chess club and provided instruction and encouragement to many young chess enthusiasts every Thursday afternoon. Chess Club will continue thanks to Dr. B.!
Paws to Read pet partners—Carole Binswanger with Luna, and Hal Stern with Sadie—regularly visited the Library on Mondays to the delight of young readers who love to read aloud to the dogs. The dogs love it, too!
Edible reading incentives were offered by Chipotle Mexican Grill and Famous Pizza, and outdoor activity incentives were provided by the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation and Arizona State Park.
And, of course, the Friends of the Sedona Library contributed to Build a Better World and to other youth-related events this year.
Build a Better World for youth will officially end on Saturday, July 29, at 8 a.m., when we will draw the winners for our prizes, including a free day pass to the amazing wildlife park Bearizona for an entire carload of people; and great games and toys donated by Tlaquepaque Toy Town.
We will announce winners at Juggle and Jiggle, a family event, also on Saturday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room. Enjoy a variety show followed by a family dance party with healthy snacks from another local partner, Natural Grocers!
Thanks to this vibrant community for supporting Sedona Public Library and helping us make sure that kids love to read.
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.
Sedona Public Library
Column for July 28, 2017
Written by Karen Mack, Youth Services Librarian
In 2013 I attended my first American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago. I was completely overwhelmed by the magnitude of this conference, which featured thousands of speakers, programs, events, and exhibitors. When I learned that ALA 2017 was in Chicago, I was determined to attend with a plan.
The 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 22 to 27, did not disappoint. More than 22,700 librarians, library workers, and library supporters attended the conference. There were over 1,800 programs and more than 2,500 events from which to choose. The exhibit hall hosted more than 6,500 exhibitors.
While I could not attend all the programs, I would like to share a few of my highlights:
Waiting in line seems to be the norm during the ALA Annual Conference—waiting for the bus, waiting for speakers and programs to begin, waiting for authors to sign books. Was all this wait time worth it? Absolutely! What better way to connect and share ideas with librarians from all over the world.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s high praise for librarians has stayed with me, “If a library is the very heart of a community, the librarians keep the heart beating.”
I returned from the ALA 2017 Annual Conference exhausted but inspired and proud to be a librarian serving the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the City of Sedona, Coconino and Yavapai Counties, Friends of the Sedona Library, and readers like you. Your tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.sedonlibrary.org or sent to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ.
Sedona Public Library
Column for July 21, 2017
Written by Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager, Sedona Public Library in the Village
Sedona Public Library’s fiscal year ended on May 31, and we’re happy to report that we have experienced another year of growth and transition. The library continues to be an outstanding community resource by providing new and innovative services and programs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
This Year’s Highlights and Accomplishments:
The Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, businesses and foundations, and individuals like you.
We could not succeed as your public library without the involvement and commitment of this community, the passion and dedication of our staff and board, and the 15,000 hours of volunteer time we received last year.
Sedona Public Library
Column for July 14, 2017
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
Imagine strolling with your kids through Sunset Park in the early evening when the day has finally cooled down, and suddenly you see a page of a children’s book displayed on a nearby fence, then you see another, and then another! Before you know it, you’ve walked the length of the grassy field and enjoyed an entire story. Welcome to Sedona Public Library’s inaugural StoryWalk, launching on Wednesday, July 12, 10:30 a.m., at Sunset Park.
StoryWalk kicks off with music, song, and a terrific children’s picture book: If You Plant a Seed, by award winning author Kadir Nelson. Mayor Sandra Moriarty will lead the first walk by the pages of this delightful book where bright-eyed animals share a story of generosity and compassion.
Residents and visitors alike can stroll 300 feet of park fence where every 20 feet they will find another laminated spread of colorful book pages hung at just the right height so children can easily see the illustrations and read the text.
This free program combines favorite summertime activities: walking and reading. The national fitness and literacy project has inspired adults and children to read together while encouraging healthy outdoor activity in all 50 states and 11 countries.
Enjoy StoryWalk all summer long, and watch for a new StoryWalk in the fall. StoryWalk is made possible through a partnership with the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation and donors who love art and literacy.
The laminated story pages of this pilot project were assembled with the help of local teens. The summer and fall displays will establish interest and audience levels in preparation for permanent display stations where the Library will share stories outdoors throughout the year.
Visitors are encouraged to share their StoryWalk experience on evaluations at the park or on social media with photos, comments, and suggestions. If you’d like to support a permanent StoryWalk, contact the Development Director at 928-282-7714, ext. 125.
For more information about StoryWalk, and other Library programs, visit our Facebook page, our website at sedonalibrary.org, or call 928-282-7714. For more information about Sunset Park, 655 Sunset Drive, Sedona, visit http://www.sedonaaz.gov.
Sedona Public Library
Column for July 7, 2017
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
At the June 20, 2017 Sedona Public Library (SPL) Board of Trustees annual meeting, the 2017–2018 Board was formally seated. As a private, non-profit corporation that provides public library services through contracts with local government, the volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for administering the affairs of the Library.
Five current members of the Board are retiring and we would like to thank those individuals who have contributed so much time and energy to the Library. David Simmer (outgoing President), Abbie Denton-Lander (outgoing Treasurer), Harvey Bershader, John Crawford, and Michael Yarbrough are departing this year to pursue new opportunities and challenges and to continue their service to their communities. Their contributions will be missed.
Joel DeTar is the incoming Board President. Joel joined the Library Board in September 2015. Joel is a well-known and respected contributor to this community. He established the very successful DeTar Construction Company and has been actively involved with local non-profits including the Sedona Community Foundation, and the Sedona 30. He has participated in various other fund-raising activities to benefit the local schools and the Veterans Service Park. We are pleased to have Joel as President of our organization and look forward to his strong leadership.
The following members who are continuing their service on the Board this year have been elected to fill the other officer positions: Past President Pat Jansen, Treasurer Roger Shlonsky, and Secretary Wendy Edwards,
Two individuals joined the Board in mid-2016, Charles Curtis and Gwen Ortmeyer. Charles spent over 30 years in the software engineering industry and then retired and moved, with his wife, to Sedona in 2014. He is applying his technical management and teamwork experience to Board activities. Gwen also joined the Board in October 2016. Gwen recently moved to Sedona and brings her marketing, strategy and financial management expertise to the SPL Board. Both Charles and Gwen have become valuable members of the Board.
For the fiscal year 2017–2018, the Board is pleased to welcome three new members, Mary Kay DePoe, Sheila Hoffmeyer and Lynn Zonakis.
Mary Kay DePoe has been a resident of Sedona since 1970 and brings an in-depth knowledge of the history and development of Sedona to the Board. She has been employed by Northern Arizona Council of Governments and has served as the Sedona Headstart Director since 2009. Her primary interests include strengthening the local education community and advocating for children and the Hispanic community. Mary Kay’s experience and interest will help sharpen the Board focus in these areas.
Sheila Hoffmeyer is a well-known presence at the SPL. She served on the Board from 2007 through 2012 and was elected President 2008–2011. She has continued to volunteer at SPL as a check-in/check-out assistant. Sheila has extensive expertise is in marketing, communications and public relations. She currently serves on the Board of the Humane Society of Sedona and is secretary of her homeowners association. Her wide-ranging experience and willingness to return to the Board will certainly help strengthen the organization.
Lynn Zonakis recently retired from Delta Air Lines where she served as a Managing Director Health Strategy & Resources. In retirement she continues healthcare consulting with employers and other health industry companies and groups. She has a passion for libraries and has become an active volunteer at SPL in the Village. Her analytical, organizational, project management skills will be very useful as the Board tackles the many challenges SPL will face in the next few years.
The Board thanks our past and current Board members and welcomes our new Trustees. We look forward to an exciting and productive year at the Sedona Public Library.
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.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 30, 2017
Written by Pat Jansen, Past-President, Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees
With the year half over, media outlets are announcing their picks for the best books of 2017 so far. Their selections are helpful whether you need ideas for your summer reading list or are curious about titles that could become the next award winners. The following books appear on several “best-of 2017” lists and are thus safe bets for a good read:
Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. Described as “one of the most bittersweet love stories in modern memory,” this novel by a British-Pakistani author addresses the global refugee crisis through the tale of a couple fleeing civil war in an unnamed Muslim country by escaping through a magic portal. In its review of “Exit West,” the New York Times states the book is “poised to become one of this year’s most significant literary works.”
Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout. “Anything Is Possible” is a collection of stories focusing on peripheral characters from Strout’s previous novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton.” Though the book’s characters endure a variety of hardships, in the end they manage to find redemption and solace. NPR describes Strout’s new work as a “welcome literary salve for these anxiety-inducing times.”
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders. This unusual first novel by short-story master Saunders is set in the cemetery that Abraham Lincoln visits to mourn his young son, who died of typhoid. The graveyard is inhabited by ghosts, who are caught between the worlds of the living and the dead and who become the book’s narrators.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann. The new book by the author of “The Lost City of Z” revisits a largely forgotten series of murders that happened in the 1920s to members of the Osage Indian tribe. The victims were targeted for their ownership of oil-rich land in Oklahoma, and when investigators were sent to look into the crimes, they were killed as well. Eventually, the murders were solved by a team of FBI agents assembled by the agency’s new director, J. Edgar Hoover, but in his fascinating true-crime thriller, Grann brings new evidence to light.
The Bright Hour, by Nina Riggs. This insightful and moving memoir was written by a woman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in her late thirties, and it has been compared by many critics to “When Breath Becomes Air.” Riggs was a direct descendent of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and she quotes him often in her book, which examines how to live a meaningful life when time is running out.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari. A follow-up to Harari’s celebrated bestseller “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” “Homo Deus” focuses on what the future of our species might look like. Harari speculates that technological advancements will result in engineered humans with godlike attributes—but he warns that if only the superrich can afford these evolutionary improvements, a dystopian society will arise.
You can find these titles in the Library’s catalog by going to www.sedonalibrary.org and clicking the My Account or Search Catalog button. Most of the books are available in several formats. Please call or email the reference desk if you need assistance locating a book or placing a hold.
Sedona Public Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, receives support from individuals, the City of Sedona, Coconino and Yavapai Counties, and Friends of Sedona Library. Your tax-deductible donations can be sent to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336, or made online at sedonalibrary.org or on Facebook.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 23, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Cate, Collection Development Librarian
A national conversation about aging well and living fully when you have limited time was launched with the publication of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande.
Sedona Public Library is pleased to partner with Accord Hospice of Sedona and the Rotary Club of Sedona to host a free, community screening of “Being Mortal,” a documentary based on the book, on Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. in the Library’s Si Birch Community Room. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on what the next steps are in identifying and communicating your wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.
The film aired nationally on the PBS program Frontline in February of 2015 and follows Dr. Atul Gawande as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters who are facing terminal illness. When Dr. Gawande’s own father got cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying became a personal quest.
Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written three other New York Times bestsellers: “Complications,” “Better,” and “The Checklist Manifesto.” He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.
For links to magazine articles, interviews, and other information visit http://atulgawande.com. The book, ‘Being Mortal,” is described this way on Gawande’s website: “Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.”
The free screening of “Being Mortal” is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harmon Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. For more information call Susan Turner, Director of Accord Hospice of Sedona, at 928-278-4134.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 16, 2017
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
There is a deluge of information thrust on consumers in print, on television, online, and in social media. Making informed choices about your media selections is more important than ever. With more content to absorb than free time, how do you make sure you are getting the most relevant, authoritative, and truthful information? It’s likely you have encountered a wide range in quality of online information. Not all blogs, articles, and websites are created equal. Just because you found it on the web in black and white, does not make the statement true.
Here are a few simple guidelines to follow. The next time your friend shares information via email or Facebook, stop and think before you pass it along to others. Get curious and ask questions about the subject to uncover the facts. Avoid immediately re-posting or sharing. If you need help, ask a librarian. Be patient—you may not find the answers right away.
Consider the source of the information. Follow up on the “About Us” page of the website or take a look at the mission and vision. Is the author’s name listed? Without an author or organization taking credit, verifying their credentials and areas of expertise is difficult. If an author is provided, what makes them a qualified expert on this subject? Look for links documenting their professional affiliations and other writing credits. Consider a Google search to get background and biographical information. Next, compare their conclusions to those of related websites or services. Do similar sources examine this subject? Lack of coverage can be a clue something is awry.
Read past the headlines. If the subsequent information does not support the story, this may be click bait: a misleading or outrageous headline designed to produce an emotional response to promote traffic. What you may not know is that advertisers can generate revenue with every click. In general, consider carefully before sharing, because you could be spreading misleading information and inadvertently raising revenue for a dubious online business. Check out Tim Wu’s new book “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads” for an in-depth exploration of online advertising trends.
Even some authentic news sites have been known to utilize attention-grabbing headlines to draw readers in for the purposes of increasing traffic. Similarly, advertisements can disguise themselves as legitimate news articles by adopting similar formatting and an adjacent position. Look for the small print indicating “advertisement” or “sponsored content”. Also, be wary of unusual formatting such as awkward layouts, misspellings, grammatical issues, and photos that show signs of manipulation. These are all hallmarks of scams, hoaxes, and other fraudulent online schemes.
Overall, avoid assumptions. On the surface, an email or post may appear legitimate, but how can you be sure? It is helpful to know yourself, and examine your biases. Being mindful of your own preconceptions will decrease your chances of being manipulated by half-truths or false information published by less reliable sources.
If you are looking for information on a specific subject, start at the Library’s research databases instead of a web search engine. Library databases have already done half the work of evaluating information for you so that you do not have to. Here are a few you may find useful: World Book Online, Academic OneFile, Science in Context, InfoTrac Newsstand, Global Issues in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and Student Resources in Context.
World Book Online is an excellent resource for general questions about people, places, and things, with a variety of age-specific interfaces. Also, Academic OneFile offers peer-reviewed articles on a broad spectrum of topics. While similar to Google, this search interface offers information with greater reliability.
To explore questions about science and technology, get accurate answers with Science in Context. Are you interested in current events? Stay abreast by searching the newspaper archives in InfoTrac Newsstand. Would you like to explore the historical and contemporary conditions that impact our world today? Try out Global Issues in Context. Similarly, you can delve into the pros and cons of any social or political issue with Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
Additionally, teens working on a school project, in need of good resources, might appreciate Student Resources in Context. We know their teachers will. Although accessed online, information found in a library database has been evaluated for reliability and accuracy as compared to many websites. You can access our databases and research tools at www.sedonalibrary.org by going to “Resources” and then “Tools and Databases.”
Critical thinking skills are the most useful asset in distinguishing truthful, accurate, and unbiased information sources from false or misleading articles and scams frequently found online. The Library offers many tools to help you separate fact from fiction. In our shifting and expanding information landscape, the need to carefully vet our sources is vital. While the friendly librarians at Sedona Library are trained to navigate and evaluate information, the responsibility ultimately falls to all of us to practice good information hygiene.
Sedona Public Library
Column for June 9, 2017
Written by Andrea Lhotka, Public Services Librarian
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