Sedona Public Library’s environmental program series, “Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home,” continues in March with an interactive workshop led by Darcy Hitchcock of the Sustainability Alliance. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the community room at Sedona Public Library.
At the workshop, entitled “Moving toward Sustainability: Practical Actions That Can Make a Real Difference,” participants will identify unsustainable choices we often make in our households based on four principles and the resulting environmental problems. Participants will next divide into groups to discuss these problems and how to correct them, and then will share their ideas with the audience. Following these breakout sessions, Ms. Hitchcock will suggest practical actions that can be taken now to make a real difference. She will talk about the Sustainability Alliance and explain how organizations can become certified in its sustainability program.
Workshop presenter Darcy Hitchcock currently leads the Sustainability Alliance, a coalition of regional non-profits guiding the Sedona/Verde Valley region toward sustainability. For 23 years, she was president of a management consulting firm specializing in sustainability. She was also a co-founder of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. The author of 10 books, Hitchcock won an award for her work “The Business Guide to Sustainability,” now in its third edition. For several years, she taught for Bainbridge Graduate Institute's sustainable MBA program
To encourage sustainability and in preparation for Earth Month in April, Sedona Public Library will be collecting handheld electronic devices for recycling. The following items will be accepted: cell phones and chargers, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other tablets. Please drop off these items at the reference desk at the main library or at Sedona Public Library in the Village. For more information, contact the reference desk at Sedona Public Library at 928-282-7714. The last day to drop off your items at the Library will be Tuesday, March 31.
The March sustainability workshop and electronics recycling campaign are part of the Library’s “Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home” initiative, a project supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information about programs and services that we offer at Sedona Public Library, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, please stop by or call the Library at 928-282-7714. You may also access the Library’s website at www.sedonalibrary.org to view the events calendar or to make an online donation.
Sedona Public Library
Column for February 28, 2020
Written by: Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village
Next week, Sedona Public Library offers you three opportunities to experience community partnerships at their best. Why not attend one of our free programs and spice up your life?
Wednesday, February 26 at 10 a.m. we will partner with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (Yavapai County Office) to present Spice It Up!. This delicious program will feature Yavapai County Extension Program Coordinator and trained chef Aimee Novak along with Master Gardener Betty Loos presenting a free food demonstration about fresh herbs and spices.
During the 90-minute program, Aimee will demonstrate tips and tricks for creating customized spice blends, the use of herb sachets for seasoning, and how spices enhance the flavor of food. Betty will present ideas and information about growing edible herbs in the home garden. It’s sure to be an informative event!
Friday, February 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. we’ll partner with The Literate Lizard bookstore to bring author and master school bus converter Will Sutherland to the Library. School buses that have been converted into mobile living spaces, known as “skoolies,” are a natural extension of the tiny house movement.
This is your chance to tour Will’s personal skoolie, ask questions, and to pick up a copy of his book “Skoolie!: How to Convert a School Bus or Van Into a Tiny Home or Recreational Vehicle.” This book offers a complete, step-by-step guide to the conversion process, from seat removal to planning layout and installing insulation, flooring, and furnishings that meet your needs. If you’ve ever dreamed of living a life on the road, this program is for you.
Friday, February 28 at 5 p.m. join us for our February Poetry & Prose event hosted by Gary Every. This month’s feature performers are James Jay, Mary Heyborne, and Robert Jackson.
James Jay has just released his third book of poems titled “Barman.” He has worked as a bartender, a wildland firefighter, bookseller, surveyor, and furniture mover. He lives in Flagstaff where he has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools, and the university. James is also owner of Uptown Pubhouse, home of the weekly Juniper House Readings.
Sedona’s own Mary Heyborne lives an artistic life. A successful potter, sculptor, poet, and playwright, she founded Poets Corner at Sedona Arts Center in 2006.
Robert Jackson has been performing and healing with the native flute for almost 20 years. His unique approach to the instrument and the Source of its sound has freed Robert from much suffering, pain, abuse and addiction. His passion is to share this healing sound with the world, to ease the suffering of all beings, promote happiness, compassion and peace. Robert also hosts The Quiet Mind podcast.
Poetry & Prose is always an engaging evening, as Gary works hard to bring Arizona’s best authors, poets, and musicians to Sedona!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of Friends of the Sedona Library, 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 February 21, 2020
Written by Judy Poe, Assistant Director
Just as quilts are pieced together from a diverse collection of fabrics, so is a community pieced together from a diverse group of people. This month Sedona Public Library invites you to join us for the colorful annual quilt show and take part in a new community conversation series.
Visit the Library to see the 2020 Quilt Show, presented by Red Rock Quilters and Sedona Public Library, through February 20. For the first time in the show’s 25-year history, viewers were given the chance to choose their favorite quilt.
The first-place Viewers’ Choice winner is “After a Winter Storm,” by Sedona’s own Patsy Kittredge. Patsy’s machine-quilted, fused, and appliquéd gem is based on a winter photograph. After a big snowfall, Patsy waded to the middle of Oak Creek to photograph this peaceful canyon scene. This quilt is truly stunning—it’s hard to believe that you aren’t looking at the original photograph. It’s no wonder it won first prize, with an astounding 48% of the votes. Congratulations Patsy!
Ruth Felton won second place for her quilt “Inner Light.” Working with over 25 different fabrics, Ruth machine-pieced and Debbie Stanton machine-quilted this work that seems to glow from a light within.
Third-place winner Sharon Angelo demonstrated her love of hand appliqué in her quilt called “Flower Garden.” Colorful and intricate, Sharon’s quilt is modeled on a Kim McLean pattern, and it includes additional appliqué to create a truly amazing work of art. Debbie Stanton also machine-quilted this piece.
This is a beautiful display of thousands of hours of work by our amazing local quilters. Don’t miss your chance to see these 52 magnificent works of art!
While at the Library, pick up a flyer that outlines our new discussion series, American Creed: Community Conversations. In this monthly series of fireside conversations facilitated by Paul Friedman, Ph.D., we will explore the common ground that unites Americans amidst the fissures that threaten our society. These stimulating, theme-centered discussions regarding American values will be based on thought-provoking documentary film clips from PBS Learning Media’s American Creed Collection.
Come join us in respectful, civil discussions centered on these questions: What does it mean to be an American? What is your American creed? How do we build bridges across differences? What is your family’s American story? and How do Americans from diverse backgrounds understand and shape the American creed? In this time of division and disagreement, we’ll seek to find our common ground and celebrate our shared beliefs.
Each session may be enjoyed by itself or you may wish to gain the depth of participating in the entire series. Conversations begin February 18 at 6 p.m. by the fireplace in the Library. Continuing sessions happen the third Tuesday of every month, from May through June.
Won’t you join us at the Library to celebrate our creative local quilters and meet your neighbors and make new friends through thoughtful, stimulating conversations? We hope to see you here!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of the Friends of the Sedona Library, 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/donate.
Sedona Public Library
Column for February 14, 2020
Written by: Judy Poe, Assistant Director
From February 11 through 13, Sedona youth will have many opportunities to meet award-winning children’s author Jennifer Ward. She will present morning and evening programs at the Library, lead a preschool story time, and also present programs at West Sedona Elementary School.
Ward will present three programs at Sedona Public Library. Her first program, focusing on ages 5 through 9, begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12. At this event, Ward will entertain early-elementary students and the general public with a 45-minute author talk and nature slideshow.
The second program will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12. Ward will host a hands-on event based on her book “I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature.” Ward encourages budding young naturalists and their parents and educators to attend. This one-hour program will move along quickly with a discussion, a visual presentation, and a hands-on make-and-take activity for children. Copies of “I Love Dirt!” will be available to purchase.
The third event will be on February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Ward will be our special guest for story time. This is sure to be a treat for all ages. Join us in the Children’s Room on Thursday morning!
Jennifer Ward has published more than 25 children’s books, each of which inspires readers to explore the natural world with new eyes and fosters stewardship and conservation. She has received numerous honors for her books, including being a recipient of the Judy Goddard/Libraries Limited Award for her body of work and contribution to Southwestern children’s literature.
David Mizejewski, host of Animal Planet’s Backyard Habitat had this to say about her featured book: “‘I Love Dirt!’ is a perfect book for parents, teachers, or anyone who cares about children and nature. A nature-lover herself, Jennifer Ward has done an excellent job creating a collection of fun, interactive ways for children everywhere to connect with nature and combat the growing negative impact of sedentary, indoor lifestyles on our youth.”
To coincide with Ward’s visit to Sedona and to support her passion for the outdoor world, Sedona Library’s StoryWalk currently features one of her works, “The Seed and the Giant Saguaro,” illustrated by Mike K. Rangner. The StoryWalk outdoor reading adventure begins at the Sunset Park toddler playground and takes you on a short hike over a bridge and perhaps to places you have not seen before!
Ward’s programs are part of the Library’s “Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home” speaker series, a project supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For more information about programs that we offer at Sedona Public Library, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, please stop by or call the Library at 928-282-7714. You may also access the Library’s website at www.sedonalibrary.org to view the events calendar or to make an online donation.
Sedona Public Library
Column for February 7, 2020
Written by Karen Mack, Youth Services Manager
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