Monthly Newsletter | August 2018



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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
Enter Our Writing Contest!
As part of our 60th anniversary celebration, the Library has launched a writing contest for all ages! Participants can submit poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The only criteria is that all entries must include the number 60, in whatever creative way the author wants to use that number. Let your imagination be your guide!

The first prize in each age group is $60, and first-prize submissions will be placed in our 60th anniversary time capsule. The deadline is September 10, and winners will be announced on September 25. Get creative and start thinking 60! More details are available on our contest entry form.

Thank you to 60th anniversary sponsors DeTar Construction and Friends of the Sedona Library. 
  Events at the Library
Access our online events calendar to view the monthly schedule of programs at the Library, including these upcoming events:
  • Cryptocurrency Investment Group: The Crypto group will meet every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study. New members are welcome.
  • Conversational Spanish Group: Interested in improving your Spanish-language skills? Join our group for intermediate and advanced conversational Spanish from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening at the Library.
  • Conversational French Group: This month, the French conversation group meets on Tuesday, August 7 and 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Quiet Study. Venez parler avec nous!
  • Blood Drive: Make a difference in your community by giving blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the community room.
  • Coffee with a Vet: This month's Coffee with a Vet speaker is author Iris Yang. She will discuss her new World War II-era book, "Wings of a Flying Tiger," on Friday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the community room. This event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Book Club: The controversial classic "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov, is this month's book club selection. Join us at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, in the Quiet Study for a discussion of the book.
  • Library Orientation: On Thursday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m., library staff will present an orientation class that will cover the library catalog and website, tips for managing your library account, and more. Contact the reference desk at 928-282-7714, ext. 114, for more information about this free program.
  • Meditation Workshop: Learn about the benefits of meditation at a free workshop at the Library on Thursday, August 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the community room. Presenters will teach simple meditation techniques and provide guidance for continued practice.
  • Author Talk: Meet local author Iris Yang at a presentation on Saturday, August 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the community room. Yang will discuss her new book, "Wings of a Flying Tiger," a tale of courage and sacrifice set in World War-II era China.
Movies in August
Join us for a free movie screening on Monday nights in August at 6 p.m. in the community room. Please note there will be no film on August 27 because of maintenance work.
  • August 6: Finding Your Feet, a feel-good romantic comedy about a British woman who starts her life over when she discovers her husband is having an affair.
  • August 13: Isle of Dogs, an animated film about a 12-year-old boy who sets off on a journey to rescue his dog.
  • August 20: Chappaquiddick, a historical drama focusing on the fatal car accident that doomed Ted Kennedy's presidential ambitions.
Great American Read Upcoming Events
Sedona Public Library is honored to be one of 50 libraries chosen to receive a grant for program development as part of PBS's The Great American Read, and we're busy planning our first events.

We will launch our program on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m. at the Mary Fisher Theater. This free event will feature award-winning Arizona author and poet Alberto Rios. Rios will introduce The Great America Read, lead a discussion about the power of reading and literature, and explain how the 100 novels selected tell the diverse story of our nation. Audience participation is encouraged. At the premiere event, the Library will also screen a preview of the Great American Read fall kickoff broadcast.
On Thursday, September 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the OLLI Sedona campus, we will present a Verde Valley Book Club Fair. Our hope is to fill the room with avid readers who will have the opportunity to share their book club story and their favorite books and book discussions with the public. We'll all want to know which of the 100 greatest novels these book clubs will vote for as America's Greatest Novel! If you are a part of a book club that is interested in participating or wants more information, please contact Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director, at amackler@sedonalibrary.org.

Thank you to the American Library Association, AZ PBS, OLLI, and Sedona International Film Festival for supporting Sedona Library's Great American Read program. For more information, please visit our display in the Library's lobby in West Sedona or visit The Great American Read website.
Donor Spotlight
This month's donor spotlight is on two people who have given the gift of time: Gerri Perrin and Andrew Tate. These two volunteers have much in common, yet they are from opposite ends of the volunteering spectrum: one is a senior citizen, while one is a young man; one has volunteered for years, and one for months.
It is Gerri's 30th year volunteering for the Library, and we couldn't be happier to celebrate her dedication. She has done every volunteer job, from sitting on the Board of Trustees to entering every single book into the electronic catalog back in 1988. She was led to the Library by her love of reading and has stayed so long because she simply loves being here: "It helps me stay healthy," she says.

Andrew began volunteering for the Library 10 months ago, and his motivation was to bolster his resume and college applications. He's a high school student and competitive swimmer, but he has begun to love the time he has carved out for volunteer service at the Library. "It feels good," Andrew says of his weekly hours shelving books. "It can be so therapeutic and relaxing here." Andrew also runs the Library's summer coding club and hopes to someday help the group create their own video game. When he learned of Gerri's work to transform the Library's card catalog to an electronic catalog, he was impressed: "I've got a long way to go to compare to that type of service."

Both of these volunteers are inspiring, and we extend a grateful happy anniversary to Gerri! Thank you to all of our volunteers, young and old, new and seasoned. We couldn't do it without you! (For more on this story, please see this Red Rock News column.)
Library Welcomes 2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Avrum Cohen, Mary Kay DePoe, Sheila Hoffmeyer, Peter Wolf, Joel DeTar, Joe Lee Frank, Gwen Ortmeyer, Anthony Caetano, Patrick McGee. Not pictured: Daniel Gallagher.
Sedona Railroaders Display
The annual model railroad exhibit, presented by the Sedona Railroaders club, will be on display in the community room through August 3. Popular with railroading enthusiasts of all ages, the display features several layouts running different scale trains. The railroad exhibit is free and open to the public.
Technology Classes Coming Soon
The Library will be offering an exciting new lineup of technology classes in the fall! Topics will include basic computer skills, Microsoft Word, file management, library databases, and cyber security. Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters for information on dates and times, or call the reference desk at 928-282-7714, ext. 114. Space is limited, and registration is required for each class.
News from the Village
Thanks for attending speaker programs and book discussions in the Village. We will take a break this summer and resume with new programs and community book discussions starting in September. We look forward to offering another great season of educational and entertaining presentations and lively book discussions. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

SPL in the Village is at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 928-284-1603 for more information. 
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