Libraries are in the business of improving lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sedona Public Library has become more important than ever, connecting people with valuable resources and services.
One of these services is the Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library. Talking Books are audiobooks recorded for individuals with visual impairments or physical limitations. The collection of braille, talking books, magazines and equipment is loaned to anyone who cannot hold, handle, or read conventional printed matter due to vision loss or physical disability. There is no charge for the books or equipment. Books are delivered and returned by mail; postage is not required.
Once the Arizona Talking Book Library has established eligibility for the service, a librarian will contact the applicant by phone, send books and provide catalogs that list available books and magazines. If the applicant is hearing impaired, there is the option to call a contact person as listed on the application.
I recently signed up a Village resident for this service. Debbie Schwartz, a VOC library patron, stopped by the Village library to inquire about library services for her friend Boots Claunts. He can no longer read print books. I told Debbie about the Arizona Talking Book Library and gave her the application. After Debbie completed the simple, one-page application for Boots, I signed off and submitted his application to the Arizona Talking Book Library. Within a week’s time Boots had a personal librarian, received his player, and began listening to books that he requested.
Thanks to the Arizona Talking Book Library, Boots can experience books again. He likes to read mysteries and books about sports. His favorite author is John Grisham.
“I enjoy the audiobooks because they help pass time. If I can’t sleep, I get up and listen to a book. Without these audiobooks, I would not have the ability to read. The books are delivered by mail right to my home. Most of all, it’s a free service and greatly appreciated,” shared Boots.
In addition to being an avid reader, Boots plays golf five days a week and enjoys hanging out with his golf buddies. Boots celebrated his 102nd birthday on March 21, 2021. Happy reading, Boots!
If you are interested in learning more about the Arizona Talking Book Library, please stop by the Village library to see a demonstration of the player and pick up an application. We are here to help.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. We have resumed regular operating hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the Arizona Talking Book Library and other library services, please call 928-928-284-1603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
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.