Monthly Newsletter | April 2020



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Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Rd
Sedona AZ 86336
SPL In The Village
Bell Rock Plaza
Suite 51 A
Sedona AZ 86351
Message from the Director
It was a day unlike any other at Sedona Public Library. Hour after hour, from morning into the evening, people lined up to check out books, audiobooks, and DVDs--by the bag full, by the box full--as they were preparing to be home for an unknown period.

Without being asked to, they spaced themselves six feet apart, in a somewhat somber, yet festive atmosphere. Happy to see each other, they parted with a wish to stay well and "hope to see you soon."

Many patrons passed through the doors on March 18, the last day before the Library closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19, and they expressed their gratitude for that one last chance to stock up.

We're in this together, folks, and the camaraderie and respect for one another shown that day was heartwarming and bittersweet. Social distancing is necessary, and it won't last forever.

If you're one of our health providers, first responders, or grocery store workers, or one of the many others helping us get through this difficult time, thank you from all the library staff, volunteers, and board members!

I hope to see you soon at the Library. We'll be closed through at least April 30.

Best wishes,

Virginia Volkman
Library Director
Library Giving Day Is April 23
Please support your library. 

From now through Library Giving Day, April 23, your contribution will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000 with matching gifts provided by community donors. 

Library Closure Update
The Library will remain closed through at least April 30.
  • Please do not worry about due dates or renewing your books--due dates have been extended, and fines will not be charged when items are returned.
  • Pick-up dates for holds have been extended, and your items will be on the shelf for you when we reopen.
  • Go to the catalog and check your account for updates on your holds and for due dates for items checked out. Dates will continue to be changed for as long as the Library is closed.
  • You do not need to return materials until we are back in full operation.
  • Interlibrary loans currently at the Library will be available when we reopen; no new requests are being accepted at this time.
  • While the Library is closed, you can access our digital collections from your ereader, tablet, smartphone, or computer. Borrow ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, stream movies, and read digital magazines for free:
    • OverDrive: thousands of popular ebooks and downloadable audiobooks
    • RBdigital: over 130 popular and specialty magazines, as well as downloadable audiobooks
    • Kanopy: "thoughtful entertainment" video streaming, with over 30,000 films
We look forward to welcoming you back when the Library reopens. In the meantime, keep safe and healthy!
Read Around Sedona Features Local Author Darcy Hitchcock
It's the Library's fourth annual Read Around Sedona community read, and we're excited to feature "Dragonfly's Question," by local sustainability leader and author Darcy Hitchcock. Read Around Sedona invites the community to collectively read the same book. "Dragonfly's Question" is the perfect choice for Earth Month in April, as the book looks closely at sustainability.

If you haven't checked out a copy of "Dragonfly's Question" from the Library, you can purchase it for 99 cents on Amazon.com for Kindles and other devices with Kindle apps. The paperback is available for $9.95, plus shipping, at Lulu.com. The proceeds from your purchase will be donated back to the Library.

In lieu of holding an author reading at the Library, we hope to host an online discussion forum with Hitchcock in April. This discussion promises to be informative and heartfelt, focusing on the story, the issues, and how fiction can be pivotal in community change.

Also, a special Read Around Sedona program was planned for Earth Day, April 22, with Master Gardeners from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Yavapai County. We will re-schedule this fun day when we resume normal programming. Stay tuned for details.
Fun and Educational Activities for Youth
While the Library is closed and kids are at home, check out these online resources that will help keep young brains busy, entertained, and learning.

  • Watch QuaranTime, a livestream show with Science Mom and Math Dad

When the Library re-opens, we can once again keep you supplied with books, DVDs, magazines, and more.

Staff Digital Picks--Helping You Stay Connected
Because our "staff picks" shelf has been so popular inside the Library, we thought we'd put together a similar shelf for you to enjoy outside the Library. Visit the links in our staff digital picks list and let us know what you think. Even though we don't see you in person right now, we'd love to hear from you!

  • Karen Mack, Youth Services Librarian: A local artist and writer, Ann Metlay, and I became friends when she volunteered in the children's room. Ann's gallery/workshop is just around the corner from Juanita's Taqueria, where we would meet for lunch, pre-March. When I visit there, I feel lifted, inspired, and grounded by the purity of her artwork. Her blog offers a similar feeling, and it has many good reads. She's extraordinary.
  • Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of SPL in the Village: Literary Hub is a site readers can rely on for smart, engaging, and entertaining writing about all-things-books. My favorite section is Book Marks. There is also a daily giveaway. You can subscribe to this site for free.
  • Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director: I won't see my daughter or West Side Story in New York this May as planned, so I FaceTime with her. I have discovered All Arts--"the premier destination for inspiration, creativity, and art of all forms." Enjoy New York-based theater, dance, and more, for free!
  • Judy Poe, Assistant Library Director: I recommend some older audiobooks from OverDrive. "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "The Line Becomes a River," the Millennium series, "The Giver," and "All the Light We Cannot See" are fantastic audiobooks. Even if you've read the book, I guarantee you'll have a different experience listening, and you'll pick up on things you missed the first time!
  • Elizabeth Cate, Collection Development Librarian: Since most of us will be spending more time in the kitchen over the coming weeks, I recommend you try an online cooking class. The renowned Milk Street Cooking School is offering its entire line of online cooking classes for free through April 30.
Library News from the Village
Out of concern for your health and safety, we have decided to postpone all speaker programs and community book discussions that were scheduled for this spring. We look forward to offering our usual programs in September.
  • Arizona Humanities Speaker programs: Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming presentations. Thank you for your positive feedback regarding the most recent Arizona Humanities presentation, "Vanishing Trading Posts," by Chris Glenn and Sandy Sunseri. 
For more information about the history of trading posts in the Southwest, the speakers recommend these titles: "Marietta Wetherill," edited by Kathryn Gabriel; "Richard Wetherill," by Frank McNitt; "Traders to the Navajos," by Frances Gillmor; "Navajo Trader," by Gladwell Richardson; "Along Navajo Trails," by Will Evans; "Thomas Varker Keam," by Laura Graves; "Tall Sheep," by Samuel Moon; and "Desert Wife," by Hilda Faunce. All titles are available from the Yavapai Library Network.
  • Community Book Discussion: Our book discussion with local author Iris Yang has been postponed until Tuesday, September 29. We will be discussing "Wings of a Flying Tiger." Before our meeting in September, you will have time to read the next two books in the saga: "Will of a Tiger" and "Legacy of the Tigers," scheduled for release in May.
Sedona Public Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Please support your library on Library Giving Day. From now through April 23, your gifts will be matched with the generous support of local donors up to $30,000! You may direct your donation to Sedona Public Library in the Village. Visit the Library's website to make an online donation.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, businesses, foundations, and individuals like you. You can support your public library with a charitable tax-deductible donation. Click here for more information."
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