As published in the Red Rock News
As the snow melts and we head into spring, a season of renewal, all of us at Sedona Public Library look ahead with excitement to wildflowers, warmer mornings, and longer days. With this idea of “looking forward,” we’re working on new ways to bring engaging and exciting programming to Sedona and the Verde Valley. We believe in partnerships, and our partnership with Camp Verde Community Library and Cottonwood Public Library is a powerful one, creating new programs and collections to share and celebrate the talent here in the Verde Valley.
In our upcoming presentation made possible by this partnership, authors return to the Library in a new way—virtually! We invite you to join us for a virtual author presentation featuring much-loved Arizona author Roger Naylor to discuss his new guidebook, Arizona’s Scenic Roads & Hikes: Unforgettable Journeys in the Grand Canyon State. In this presentation, Naylor will also share images from his new book, some by local photographer Mike Koopsen, followed by an audience Q&A.
Whether you are looking for gorgeous scenic drives or new hikes to fall in love with, Naylor has suggestions for everyone to enjoy Arizona. As Naylor describes, readers can “travel from sun-kissed deserts to the summits of snow-capped mountains, from the cosmic abyss of the Grand Canyon to the red rocks of Sedona and the soaring monoliths of Monument Valley. Visit ancient Native American villages, chase Old West legends, and get your kicks on Route 66.”
The guide thoughtfully pairs attractions and activities with hiking trails of all levels of difficulty, making it easy to plan an exciting and varied road trip sure to fit anyone’s interests. Naylor even provides suggested routes organized by region and provides suggestions for locally owned places to eat or stay!
Naylor has drawn large audiences in his previous presentations. Kay Bork, former staff member and volunteer, says, "Roger Naylor is a local treasure with a state-wide reputation. His presentations combine vast knowledge with great enthusiasm, and, after hearing him on several occasions, I am definitely a member of his fan club."
Another fan and library patron, Michelle Barrett, says that Naylor “brings his infectious love of Arizona, travel, and exploration to life with his great humor and personal stories for a most enjoyable and memorable presentation. I left the Sedona Library laughing and ready to hit the roads, trails, and eateries with a couple of his books stashed in my backpack. One of the best programs I've attended at the Library.”
Registration is required for this free event. Please visit sedonalibrary.org and follow the link on our homepage.
You can check out the following titles also by Roger Naylor at sedonalibrary.org: Arizona Kicks on Route 66 and The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon: Photographers, Adventurers, Pioneers.
For recommendations on other related books and materials, just ask a librarian when you stop by either location or give us a call.
We invite you to look forward with us, into the spring and into the future. Step out of winter and into nature, with Roger’s guidebook to show you new ways to explore our beautiful state.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and we welcome your support. Please visit sedonalibrary.org/donate today and make an online donation. You can also make your tax-deductible donation by mailing a gift to 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for February 5, 2021
Written by Chelsea Burk, Program & Marketing Coordinator
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