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Helping you refresh for the New Year at the Library


We are nineteen days into the new year and what a fun ride it’s been so far. Locals and visitors alike had a chance to see the first snowfall of the year last week. Jack Frost has definitely settled into the Verde Valley. As we’ve bid farewell to old acquaintances and welcomed in new ones, I thought I’d take this moment of Friday calm to check-in and see how everyone is doing with their new year’s resolutions.  

Did you know that around 2000 B.C., the ancient Babylonians began celebrating the New Year during a 12-day festival called Akitu (starting with the vernal equinox in March)? This was the start of the farming season—the time to plant crops, to crown their king, and make promises to return borrowed farm equipment and pay their debts. (Speaking of debts, did you know that Sedona Public Library, is fine free? That’s right, no late fees.) But I digress.  

Statistics have shown that over 38% of people make New Year’s resolutions each year, but only 9% of people stick to them for the entire year. Over 80% of New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by February, but on a brighter note, 46% of adults are still sticking to their resolutions after 6 months. Around 12:01 A.M. on January 1st, I vowed to eat better and use my gym membership more. It’s not going well to be honest. If you’re struggling, like me, to stick with it, we might be able to help you at the library.  

I personally like to think that every day at the library marks the fresh start to a new year and a new you. Whether you are one of our long-time patrons, or are just discovering us for the first time, everyone is welcome to learn and grow at Sedona Public Library. We’re not just about books, or haven’t you noticed?  

On Wednesday, January 24 at 6 p.m. join us for Yoga at the Library! In the Village, Yoga at the Library will be on Friday, January 26 at 1 pm.   

You can embark on a journey of wellness and relaxation with yoga instructor Kimberly Sanchez from Prana of Sedona. Discover the benefits of yoga in a tranquil library setting. Mats will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own, too. You’ll appreciate Kimberly’s expertise as she guides you through a harmonious flow that promotes physical well-being and mental clarity. Take a moment to unwind, stretch, and breathe, as you embrace the transformative power of yoga in the heart of your community. Don’t miss this opportunity to nurture your mind, body, and spirit in a welcoming and serene environment in this free one-hour session. More classes are scheduled for February, too!  

Our popular Wednesday Longevity Series has three sessions left with very limited space still available (registration is required!), but do not fear! The response to this event has been so great that we’re already looking for dates to run the series a second time! We’ll keep everyone updated as we finalize the details.   

This four-week film series, which kicked off to a full house on January 17th, inspired and educated attendees with expert’s ideas of what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life. We’ve curated a series of Ted Talk films that explore the secrets to healthy longevity. These Ted Talk mini-lectures explore a variety of subjects relating to aging-well and living a vibrant life. The series also delves into the infamous “Blue Zones.” Each session includes an important, life-affirming group discussion following each short film. On the final day of this series, Outdoor Adventure Guide and Longevity Expert Geno Kelly will lead the discussion and share his experiences and knowledge. Questions are encouraged! Spoiler alert: Attending a community event will help you live longer! All the more reason to attend one of our many library programs.  

Our Tai Chi program in partnership with Yavapai County Community Health Services continues at the Village Library on Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the Javelina Room. This is your opportunity to begin your journey of holistic well-being with the gentle and flowing exercise of Tai Chi, rooted in ancient Chinese martial arts. Led by an experienced instructor, this class focuses on slow deliberate movements, deep breathing, and mindfulness, promoting physical balance, flexibility, and mental tranquility. Suitable for all fitness levels, Tai Chi offers a peaceful sanctuary to cultivate inner harmony while enhancing strength and coordination.  

Here at the library, we care about your well-being all year long, but we’re happy to provide you with a jumpstart to a happier, healthier you this New Year season! Make 2024 your year to get to know your community through your library—everything we offer is free! We can’t wait to see you there! 

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As published by Red Rock News

Library News Column for January 19, 2024  
Written by Jan Marc Quisumbing, Scheduling Coordinator  


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