My dream of visiting Africa became a reality when my husband and I recently traveled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Since coming home, I cannot stop thinking about our adventure. I keep the memories alive by reading books about these special places. In this article, I’ll share some of my current favorites.
I discovered an author named Tony Park at a bookstore in Johannesburg. Even though he is Australian, Park researches and writes his novels while on location in Africa. Most of his books are mysteries/thrillers that deal with the serious problem of poaching, especially of rhinos and elephants. I think you will enjoy reading the following titles by this author: “Ivory,” “Red Earth,” and “The Delta.”
After touring Robben Island and seeing the tiny cell where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for eighteen years, I decided to read “Long Walk to Freedom.” Written in Mandela’s own words, he tells how he came from humble beginnings to change a nation and the world.
Our next stop was Zimbabwe. I learned more about the rich and colorful history of this country, formerly Southern Rhodesia and Rhodesia, after reading two books: “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” by Alexandra Fuller, and “When the African Bus Came Down,” a memoir by Elaine Bosman. You may recognize Elaine Bosman’s name because she used to live in the Village. Elaine is a wonderful storyteller who offers insights about living in Rhodesia. Delightful illustrations by Paul Bosman, Elaine’s husband, add a special touch to her memoir.
Spending time in Botswana brought Alexander McCall Smith’s series about Mma Precious Ramotswe, owner of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, to life. I like listening to the audiobooks because of the melodic voices of the characters. There are twenty books in the series, with the latest title—“To the Land of Long Lost Friends”—scheduled for release in October. If you are interested in reading this series, start with the first book, “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”
You may be familiar with Delia Owens as the author of the number one best-selling novel “Where the Crawdads Sing.” However, you may not know that she has a degree in zoology and spent several decades studying elephants, lions, and brown hyenas in remote areas of Botswana and Zambia. She earned her Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of California in Davis and co-authored three nonfiction books with Mark Owens, her husband. I highly recommend “Cry of the Kalahari” and “Secrets of the Savanna.” These books contain wonderful photographs that capture their time in Africa.
All titles mentioned in this article are available from the Yavapai Library Network. If you need assistance placing a hold, please contact the Library.
Like Kuki Gallmann, author of “I Dreamed of Africa,” I still dream of Africa. If you enjoy traveling as much as I do, please share your adventures the next time you visit the Library. Safe journeys…
We are in for a long, hot summer. One of the best ways to deal with the heat is to read a book while lounging by the pool or relaxing in the air conditioning.
So many books are available that choosing the right one for you can be a daunting task. Here are a few suggestions to help you find your next great book, courtesy of library patrons and staff:
Choose a book written by your favorite author: Dan is a fan of David Baldacci. He is currently reading “Redemption.” This book features the character Amos Decker in the Memory Man series. He is looking forward to reading “The Long Road to Mercy” with Baldacci’s new female protagonist, Atlee Pine.
Re-read your favorite book: Ann’s favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. She first read this classic in sixth grade and has been reading it every summer for fifty years.
Select a book about a topic that interests you. Cindy loves art and is currently reading “Picasso: In His Words,” by Pablo Picasso. She shared, “It’s a small book that shows some of his quotes mixed in with pictures of his artwork. I think it is a great book, and it is a very easy read.”
Read a book in a series. Edwin just finished “River God,” by Wilbur Smith. This is the first of six books in the author’s Ancient Egypt series. Next, he plans to read “The Seventh Scroll,” the second book in the series.
Explore your favorite genre. Lauren highly recommends “The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon. She explains, “I love fantasy novels and had read Samantha Shannon’s other works before reading this book. Reading this delicious book was like having decadent chocolates sitting next to me 24 hours a day and trying to resist eating them all at once. I wanted to rush through it, yet I needed to savor every word.”
Improve your language skills by reading a book written in a foreign language: Maria is currently reading "Locos, Ricos y Asiáticos.” Translated, that title is “Crazy Rich Asians,” by Kevin Kwan.
Ask your friends for recommendations. When I asked my friends what they were currently reading, I received a diverse list of books from several genres:
These books are available in various formats from the Yavapai Library Network. If you need assistance placing a hold, please contact the Library.
Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
One afternoon when I was working at the Village library, a resident came in to sign up for a library card. Being new to the area, she inquired about the best place to meet people. Without hesitation, I recommended the Library.
In my opinion, the best way to meet new people at the Library is to get involved. Whether you are new to the community or have been a resident for some time, consider volunteering at the Library or at the Friends of the Sedona Library Used Book Store. The Library offers many volunteer opportunities: work at circulation, assist with computers, shelve materials, and repair books, to name a few. Training is provided. You may also volunteer to serve on the SPL Board or the Friends of the Library Board. During the last fiscal year, our amazing library volunteers contributed 16,992 volunteer hours. You always make a difference when you volunteer.
Another great way to meet people is to attend library programs. The Library offers diverse programs for all ages. In fact, last year Sedona Public Library hosted 857 programs. Find library programs that appeal to your current interests, or explore new pastimes.
Here are a few program ideas. Attend an Arizona Humanities program, participate in a book discussion, learn more about finances with the Investment Club, star gaze with the Sirius Lookers, watch a film at the Monday night movie, or discuss a documentary at the monthly Reel Life Movie Night film series. Practice your language skills with the conversational Spanish or conversational French groups, or improve your computer skills by registering for an iPad/iPhone/Mac workshop. If you like to sew, you can join the Sit and Stitch group. Meet parents and caregivers when you take your children/grandchildren to one of the many outstanding children’s programs offered by youth services. Check out the library events calendar at www.sedonalibrary.org for more information about library programs and events.
If you cannot find any programs that spark your interest, why not offer to share a new program? The Library is always looking for ideas to expand programs and extend community outreach.
Speaking from my personal experience of working at the Library, I have met many wonderful people and made new friends. As part of my community outreach efforts, I have had opportunities to work with speakers and authors and to partner with various community organizations. In addition, I have attended workshops and conferences and networked with librarians across the state. As a result, I have grown personally and professionally. Yes, I would definitely say the Library is a great place to meet people.
With your generous contributions and support from our community, Sedona Public Library continues to fulfill its vision: to serve as the heart of the community; a special place where the past is honored and future dreams are nourished. Thank YOU for being the best part of Sedona Public Library!
For better or worse, technology has changed our lives. Technology has definitely changed the way libraries deliver library services. To keep up with the rapidly changing world of automation, libraries are delivering more services electronically. This article will highlight some of Sedona Library’s digital tools and services, including a brand-new video streaming collection!
YLN APP: The new Yavapai Library Network mobile catalog makes it quick and easy to access and manage your library account on the go. With the YLN app, you can search the catalog, order items from any YLN library, place and suspend holds, check your due dates, and renew items. You may also manage your bookshelves by adding books, CDs, DVDs, and other media for borrowing later. These are just a few of the features offered by the YLN app.
LIBBY APP: If you are a fan of e-books and e-audiobooks, then you will love the Libby app from OverDrive. Libby is compatible with Android and iOS. While you may still use the “classic” app to access OverDrive, many library users prefer the upgrades, ease, and convenience of Libby. Whether you use the OverDrive app or the Libby app, the Library’s OverDrive digital collection offers many advantages: free downloads, no late fees, and immediate reading of e-books or listening to audiobooks. Digital books and audiobooks are especially nice if you are traveling.
KANOPY: Sedona Public Library is pleased to offer Kanopy, a new streaming video service. Kanopy has been described as “thoughtful entertainment,” with a selection of over 30,000 on-demand videos, including new releases, independent and international cinema, classic movies, documentaries, educational films, and more. Library cardholders can access Kanopy on their home computers or with the Kanopy app on mobile devices. Kanopy is free and easy. You must have a valid library card from Sedona Library or Sedona Library in the Village to access Kanopy.
RBDIGITAL MAGAZINES: The Library’s RBdigital collection offers full-color digital magazines for reading on desktop computers and mobile devices. RBdigital has new and backlist issues of popular magazines, with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. You may check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you want. Download the app or access the RBdigital magazine database on the Library’s website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
If you have questions about the Library’s digital services, please call the Reference Desk at Sedona Public Library at 928-282-771, ext. 114. For personal assistance, stop by the Reference Desk at the main library in West Sedona or the Village library at Bell Rock Plaza in VOC.
Technology will never replace the joy of browsing the shelves, holding a book in your hands, or receiving personal assistance from a library staff member or helpful library volunteer, but sometimes it comes in handy.
Journey along historic Route 66 with Sedona Public Library during Read Around Sedona 2019, the Library’s community reading project. This year’s featured book is “Arizona Kicks on Route 66,” by travel writer Roger Naylor. Copies of the book are available at Sedona Public Library. Please contact the Library if you need assistance placing a hold.
The Library has planned several events for Read Around Sedona 2019. These events will take place at various locations.
On the Road Since 1925: The Colorful History of Arizona Highways. Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. Win Holden, former publisher, will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered travel publications in the world.
Meet author Roger Naylor. Friday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the community room at Sedona Public Library. Route 66 is one of Roger Naylor’s favorite topics, and he’s sure to be an engaging speaker. His books will be for sale following the program, and he will be available to sign them. Don’t miss this opportunity to chat with Roger, view classic cars courtesy of Sedona Car Club, and enjoy local pie.
Tour of La Posada Hotel in Winslow. Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join tour leader Peggy Nelson, dressed in character as a Harvey Girl, to learn about the history of Cyrus K. Holiday, the Santa Fe Railroad, Fred Harvey, the Harvey Girls, Mary Colter, and La Posada. We will take a walking tour of the hotel. Cost is $5 per person. You must arrange for your own transportation to Winslow. To reserve your space, contact Cheryl Yeatts at 928-284-1603 or email email@example.com. no later than Friday, April 5.
Photos and Hikes from “Boots and Burgers.” Monday, April 15, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the community room at Sedona Public Library. Mike Koopsen of Trails Traveled Photography will show his photographs and explain how he collaborated with author Roger Naylor to provide images for Roger’s book “Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers.”
A Nostalgic Journey Along Route 66, Main Street of America. Diorama display during April at Sedona Public Library. Take time to view the themed diorama and hand-painted map display of Route 66 by Wendy Jack, a Sedona resident. Wendy holds a B.F.A. in the visual arts.
Culture Pass. Now, are you ready for a road trip? Check out a Culture Pass from Sedona Public Library for two free admissions to the Route 66 Museum, the Mohave Museum, and the Bonelli House in Kingman.
Read Around Sedona will continue during May. Check the events calendar on the Library’s website at www.sedonalibrary.org and watch for announcements of additional programs.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Yeatts at 928-284-1603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting Read Around Sedona.
The February Villager article was so well received that I decided to continue to offer reading recommendations for this month’s article. I asked several patrons who frequently visit the Village library to suggest titles and authors. These titles were not necessarily published recently.
Tom R.: Everyone should read “The Blue Death: The Intriguing Past and Present Danger of the Water You Drink,” by Robert Morris. This was such a good book about the cholera epidemic in the 19th century and the history of waterborne diseases. Scientists are researching ways to keep our water safe.
Gary: I really enjoyed David Baldacci’s latest novel, “Long Road to Mercy.” He introduced a new female character in Atlee Pine, and the setting was Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Baldacci never leaves you disappointed.
Tom W.: I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke. I lived in the New Orleans area for twelve years, so I can relate to the culture, the music, the food, and the setting of Burke’s novels. I collect all of James Lee Burke’s books. I just finished “The New Iberia Blues, the latest book in the Dave Robicheaux series. I think it is one of his best.
Paul: I recently read James Lee Burke’s latest book, “The New Iberia Blues,” and would have to agree that it was one of his best. The author’s use of language turns the prose into a mosaic. He gives you just enough information along the way to make a good guess at the villain. I recommend reading earlier books in the Dave Robicheaux series to get background information and to gain a better understanding of character development.
John: I am recommending “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice.” The author is Bill Browder. This is a real-life political thriller about an American financier in Russia, the murder of his Russian attorney, and Browder’s dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption
Kevin: I like the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. I can’t think of any specific titles, but I can recommend authors. Clive Cussler, John Sandford, C.J. Box, Lee Child, and Randy Wayne White are among my favorites.
Tom G.: I recently read John Grisham’s “The Reckoning.” I have read all of his novels and enjoyed them all. What I liked most about “The Reckoning” was that although it was built around a court case, it was different from previous Grisham novels and totally unpredictable.
Rod: I enjoyed and recommend “Gale Force,” by Owen Laukkanen. Action-loving readers should be thrilled with this one. This book is filled with bravery, betrayal, sudden twists, and pure excitement. From the author of the acclaimed Stevens and Windermere novels, a new heroine emerges.
These titles are available in various formats from the Yavapai Library Network.
Do you enjoy reading? If so, please share your reading recommendations the next time you visit the Library.
Please contact Cheryl Yeatts at 928.284.1603 or email email@example.com for more information.
With thousands of books being published every year, how do you choose which books to read? If you don’t have time to browse the shelves at the Library, the staff and library volunteers are always eager to share their book recommendations. I asked a number of these dedicated readers to reflect on books they read in 2018. (These titles were not necessarily published in 2018.)
Suggestions from Library Staff:
Kay: Because of The Great American Read, I read “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” by John Irving. I found it very thought-provoking.
Elizabeth: I enjoyed reading “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante, and look forward to seeing the HBO adaptation when it comes out on DVD.
Anne Marie: My book for last year would be "Beloved," by Toni Morrison. I love all things Toni Morrison.
Cheryl: I can’t stop thinking about “Educated: A Memoir,” by Tara Westover. If you are a fan of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” then pick up Frances Mayes’s latest book, “Women in Sunlight.”
Stacie: I am recommending “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate. I read this book for my book club.
Suggestions from Library Volunteers:
Carol: “The House of Scorta,” by Laurent Gaudé is a well-written story that recounts the saga of the Scorta family, “one of infamous crimes, forsaken loves, and lifelong secrets.”
Deb: “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” by Steven Pinker, will make you think. For a laugh, read “The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain,” by Bill Bryson.
Holly: I feel everyone should read “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. As a nurse, I often observed medical care prolonging life but also prolonging suffering. This book would be helpful to families in making choices about what they want toward the end of life.
Ilana: I have two suggestions. The first is "The Dalai Lama's Cat,” by David Michie. The second is "A Gentleman In Moscow," by Amor Towles. Both were wonderful for very different reasons.
Janice: “The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road,” by Finn Murphy, is one of my favorite books. I liked reading about the author’s experiences with the moving industry.
Mary: I am recommending two nonfiction books: “The Line Becomes a River,” by Francisco Cantú, and “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Company That Addicted America,” by Beth Macy.
Valerie: In “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid, I found the combination of magical realism set in the modern world fascinating. The love story, coupled with the possibility of escape through doorways to different unpredictable areas of the world, made it possible for me to read a narrative of civil war in a country in the Middle East.
These titles are available in various formats from the Yavapai Library Network. If you need assistance placing a hold, please contact the Library.
For more information please call Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village, at 928-284-1603, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sedona Public Library is pleased to announce a wonderful series of Arizona Humanities speaker programs for 2019. AZ Speaks is the longest-running and most popular program of Arizona Humanities. Speakers are selected based on their expertise and ability to offer content that inspires and entertains audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Programs begin at 1:30 at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in VOC. Generously funded by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, programs are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome!
You don’t want to miss these engaging, educational presentations, so grab your calendar and make a note of these dates:
Wednesday, January 9: “Cowpokes, Crooks, and Cactus: Arizona in the Movies,” presented by Gregory McNamee
From the earliest days of film to the present day, Arizona has been a setting and subject for hundreds of films. Some, like Junior Bonner and Red River, are considered classics; others, such as Billy Jack and Evolution, surely less so. Some may even be classics in the making, like Tombstone and Near Dark. This entertaining talk looks at the Grand Canyon State on the silver screen.
Saturday, February 16: “How Abraham Lincoln Used Stories to Touch Hearts, Minds, and Funny Bones,” presented by Terry Sprouse
Abraham Lincoln was a man of many talents. One skill he excelled at was telling stories. At this presentation, speaker Terry Sprouse will explain and demonstrate the techniques that Abraham Lincoln developed to tell compelling stories, such as using mimicry and self-effacing humor and adding a moral to the story.
Tuesday, March 12: “The U.S. Constitution: What It Says and How It Works,” presented by Dr. T.J. Davis
Most Americans think they know what the Constitution says, but few have actually examined it. The Constitution provides principles for the federal government’s relationship with the states and with individual citizens. Its hallmarks are dual sovereignty, delegated and reserved powers, and guarantees of personal civil liberties and rights. This presentation allows the audience opportunities to review the concepts and composition of the document that functions as the legal foundation and framework of our nation.
Wednesday, April 3: “On the Road Since 1925: The Colorful History of Arizona Highways,” presented by Win Holden
The first issue of Arizona Highways magazine was published in April, 1925. During this presentation, Win Holden, former publisher, will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world. Learn how this remarkable magazine has beaten the odds and is thriving in a competitive environment that has seen respected national magazines fall by the wayside.
For more information, call Cheryl Yeatts, Village Library Manager at 928-284-1603, or email email@example.com. Thank you for supporting Sedona Public Library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
Imagine living in Arizona in the 1870s. Martha Summerhayes, the young bride of an Army lieutenant, did just that and shared her adventures in her book “Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman.” This classic book was first published in 1908 and reprinted several times. Martha’s book is still being read, discussed, and enjoyed today.
To learn more about Martha Summerhayes, join Wayne Ranney for an Arizona Humanities presentation “In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes” on Monday, December 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. This program, sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Friends of Sedona Public Library, is free and open to the public. Ranney has a personal connection to the Summerhayes family, which he shares during his lecture.
Martha “Mattie” Dunham Summerhayes was born October 21, 1844, to a prosperous family in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Martha was a refined, educated New England woman. From 1871 to 1873, she spent two years studying literature in Germany.
Shortly after she returned from Germany, she married Lt. Jack Summerhayes, a veteran of the American Civil War. In 1874 Martha accompanied her husband to the Arizona Territory, where he was serving in General George Crook’s military expedition against the Apache Indians. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild and untamed land.
During their time in the Arizona Territory, from 1874 to 1878, the Summerhayes were posted at Fort Apache, Fort Whipple, Fort McDowell, Camp Ehrenberg, and Fort Verde. Martha shared in her memoir, “I had cast my lot with a soldier and where he was, was home to me.”
Gradually, Martha’s attitude toward the desert changed. She soon came to love the starry nights, the clear air, and the simplicity of its inhabitants.
In her memoir, Martha chronicles these and other experiences during the 1870s in the Arizona Territory. If you would like to read “Vanished Arizona” before Ranney’s presentation, the book is available in regular print and large type from the Yavapai Library Network. You may also download the book to your e-reader device from www.gutenberg.org Call the Library if you need assistance placing a hold or downloading the ebook.
Wayne Ranney, the presenter, is a dynamic speaker and an award-winning author of numerous books. A resident of Arizona since 1975, Wayne worked as a backcountry ranger in the Grand Canyon before attaining degrees in geology from Northern Arizona University. In addition to writing and lecturing, he offers educational adventures in the Southwest and around the world.
For more information please call Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village, at 928-284-1603, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is a unique library with an interesting history. If you have been a resident of the Village for a while, you may remember when library materials were returned to a box at Weber’s IGA. That changed in 2005, when former library director David Keeber and a committee of Village residents, concerned about traffic issues with the Highway 179 improvement project, requested funding from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and the Yavapai Library District to open a library service center in the VOC. Residents of the Village also generously donated funds to support the project.
Sedona Public Library opened SPL in the Village (originally called the Village Service Center) at 56 W. Cortez Drive in December 2005. The facility was 450 square feet, with three public access computers, one staff person, and five library volunteers.
Today, the service center, located at Suite 51A in Bell Rock Plaza, operates in 1,100 square feet of space. I am pleased to announce that we recently renewed our lease at our current location for three more years.
As we have moved to larger facilities over time, library services in the Village have expanded as well and now include the following:
Since opening in 2005, SPL-V has proven to be a valuable and convenient resource for the community. Virginia Volkman, Director of Sedona Public Library, shared the following statistics for SPL-V in the annual report for the 2018 fiscal year:
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at Suite 51A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Our goal for customer service is to exceed your expectations. We appreciate the support of our patrons and visitors and look forward to assisting you with your library needs.
Please contact Cheryl Yeatts at 928-284-1603 or email email@example.com for more information.
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.