If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the Culture Pass Program, we invite you to stop by the Library and check out a pass to receive free admission to one of 19 museums or cultural attractions in Arizona.
When you check out a Culture Pass you’ll receive a slip admitting two people for one visit to that participating institution during the following seven days. Here in Northern Arizona, library cardholders can choose from Arcosanti, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, Pioneer Museum, Route 66 Museum, Mohave Museum, Bonelli House, or the Sedona Heritage Museum.
Want to learn more about the solar system, Pluto, and our night sky? Take a trip to the Lowell Observatory. With regularly scheduled programs during the day, guests can take the Pluto Tour and the Deep Space Tour, or view the sun through a specially equipped solar telescope.
My favorite time at the Lowell Observatory is the evening, when you’ll have the opportunity to view the night sky through telescopes with the assistance of their educators. A variety of evening multimedia shows also offer the chance to become better acquainted with outer space and with the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, and neighboring stars. For daily program and exhibit details, visit www.lowell.edu.
Take a ride along historic Route 66 in Kingman with the three-in-one Culture Pass. You can visit the Route 66 Museum, the Mohave Museum, and the Bonelli House. These museums explore the diverse history of Northern Arizona, from the artwork and history of the Hopi, Hohokam, Hualapai, and Navajo tribes to the history of the early settlers and ranchers. Whether you make it a day trip or a special stop on your way west, there is a lot in store for you in Kingman.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is 7,150 feet in elevation and is a beautiful place to relax and escape the heat. Pack your picnic and a blanket and learn about the native plants of this high-desert environment. Guests can enjoy wildflower walks, raptor shows, summer concerts, and guided tours. The Arboretum is closed in the winters (beginning November 1), so be sure to put this on your summer to-do list. Note that it’s closed on Tuesdays.
If you don’t have time for a trip north, stop into the Sedona Heritage Museum. This local gem of a museum provides a glimpse into the lives of the early settlers, including Sedona Schnebly, the town’s namesake. You’ll also learn about the former orchard industry and movies made in Sedona.
Here at Sedona Library, we want to give you tools and resources to help you take advantage of all that Northern Arizona has to offer. Stop in the Library today and check out a Culture Pass or pick up some travel books and plan your next adventure. In addition to the Northern Arizona Culture Passes, Sedona Library offers Culture Passes to venues in the Phoenix area.
Please visit Sedona Library's website, www.sedonalibrary.org, for complete Culture Pass program details and restrictions, to see which passes are currently available, and for links to participating locations.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Programs like the Culture Pass program are made possible thanks to the generous donations of individuals and foundations. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for August 12, 2016
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
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