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.
It’s been a few months since you made your New Year’s resolutions. Every year people make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, and take better care of themselves. If you made these resolutions and your resolve is going by the wayside, the Library has resources to support your efforts.
Your library card will give you access to thousands of titles about health, diet, fitness, and nutrition. Don’t forget about magazines. Using the Zinio database, you can download full digital copies of your favorite magazines to your computer or mobile device. Call the Library to schedule an appointment if you need assistance with Zinio.
Perhaps you exercise but would like to vary your exercise routine. The Library offers many fitness DVDs, including Zumba, yoga, belly dancing, Pilates, hip hop, and boxing, as well as total fitness. The Library even has a DVD to exercise your brain called “The Brain Fitness Program.”
Go outside to exercise and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Red Rock Country. The Library has books about hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking, including guidebooks with detailed information about trails in Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Are you looking for health information online? Bridget Rowan, reference librarian at Sedona Public Library, highly recommendswww.medlineplus.gov. Bridget says, “This website has peer-reviewed, easy-to-understand articles, as well as great information about when to see a doctor based on symptoms. There is no sponsored content on their site, so users don't have to worry about whether or not the information they're looking at is good or not. They also have most of their content available in Spanish.”
Take advantage of a free health screening being offered at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, on Wednesday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room. Provided and funded by Northern Arizona Healthcare, the screening is designed to assess the risk of diabetes and heart disease by measuring cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Fasting is not required, and no appointment is necessary.
Thanks to everyone who attended our Love Your Library Open House event on Wednesday, February 17. We had a great crowd, lively conversations, and delicious refreshments. We appreciate your support.
Save the date! Sedona Public Library in the Village is having a Love Your Library Open House on Wednesday, February 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Stop by to check out our new location, enjoy some refreshments, and enter our raffle to win a Kindle Fire HD. Special thanks to Friends of the Library for providing funds to purchase the Kindle Fire for this special event.
In the fall of 2015, the Village library relocated from Tequa and opened at the new location at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library patrons, volunteers, and staff seem to be very pleased with the new library service center, located between the Fitzpatrick Law Office and the Verde Valley Medical Labs. Statistics for SPL-V from the Library Director’s report for December 2015 show an increase in circulation, number of cards issued, and traffic.
We have another outstanding Arizona Humanities program scheduled in February. In observance of Black History month, Dr. Akua Duku Anoyke will present “African American Pioneers of Arizona,” on Wednesday, February 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. This presentation, funded by the Friends of the Sedona Library and the Arizona Humanities, is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. Special thanks to Sedona Winds Retirement Community for providing our meeting space. Please note: parking and seating are limited at Sedona Winds.
During this presentation, Dr. Anoyke will share compelling documentaries based on interviews to tell the stories of prominent African Americans who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona. Such luminaries include the late Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Betty Fairfax, Judge Jean Williams, Rev. Warren Stewart, Councilman Calvin Goode and Carol Coles Henry. Each individual’s life is portrayed through prominent events that took place in Arizona and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural and political lives of the state.
Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village. Your generous donations, designated specifically for Sedona Public Library in the Village, assist with funding daily operations of the Village library. Another way to support the Library is by joining Friends of the Sedona Library. The 2016 membership campaign is underway. You may pick up your application and return it to SPL-V. The Friends provide more than $100,000 annually toward the Library's budget. They also providing funding for the Arizona Humanities programs in the Village. These programs are free and open to the public. Book sales and other fundraisers bring in more than half of this amount, but the membership drive is still a priority. Your financial assistance is much appreciated. It's a valuable investment in your Library's future.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
~ Saint Augustine
Imagine what Saint Augustine would think of travel in today’s world! This quote appeals to my sense of wanderlust. For those of you who frequent Sedona Public Library in the Village, you may know that I recently returned from an extended holiday in Australia.
Long before my departure, I began using free resources from the Library to prepare for my trip. I checked out several guidebooks and travel DVDs about the Land Down Under. I enjoyed reading the following books: “In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson, “Tracks” by Robyn Davidson, and “The Dressmaker” by Rosalie Ham.
These DVDs, available from the Yavapai Library Network (YLN), may be placed on reserve and picked up at the Village library: “A Cry in the Dark,” “Australia,” “Crocodile Dundee,” “My Brilliant Career,” “Muriel’s Wedding,” “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” and “The Sapphires.” You might also like the Australian TV miniseries called “The Shiralee,” based on the novel by D’Arcy Niland.
Dreading the 15 hour 45 minute flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, I loaded my iPad with magazines from Zinio, the Library’s online magazine collection. I used the OverDrive app to download a few e-books to keep me occupied during the long flight.
Preparation for the trip does not begin to compare with the actual experience of being in the Land Down Under. Witnessing sunset at Uluru, hiking at Kata Tjuta National Park, snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Daintree Rainforest, driving along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne, taking a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House, and navigating Sydney Harbor were among the many highlights.
In addition to seeing great sights, I learned so much about the people of Australia. I met the owner of a working cattle station in the Outback, toured the School of the Air and chatted with one of the teachers, heard about the history of opal mining and learned more about the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. I attended a lecture by an Aboriginal artist, toured the Cultural Center at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and visited The Old Telegraph Station at Alice Springs. I appreciated warm Aussie hospitality during a home-hosted dinner with a local family in Adelaide. During this adventure I discovered that Aussies are warm, gracious people who take great pride in their nationality and their country.
Whether you are an intrepid traveler or an armchair traveler, the Library can take you places. Stop by or call the Library to plan your next travel adventure. G’day, mates!
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.