Monthly Newsletter | January 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
Holiday Hours
The Library will be closed:

Wednesday, January 1
for New Year's Day
Monday, January 20
to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Popular Authors Speak at the Library
Sedona Public Library proudly presents two programs featuring New York Times bestselling authors. Both events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 25, at 3 p.m. in the community room: Mary Alice Monroe will read selections from her new book, "The Summer Guests."

Mary Alice Monroe is an environmental fiction writer and the author of more than 20 books, including the Beach House series and the Lowcountry series.

This event is part of the Library's "Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home" speaker series.

Thursday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room: Join Karen White and Beatriz Williams for the launch of their third book, "All the Ways We Said Goodbye." Their previous books are "The Glass Ocean" and "The Forgotten Room," co-authored by Lauren Willig.

Karen White
Beatriz Williams
Karen White is the author of more than 20 novels, including the Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.

Beatriz Williams is the author of "The Golden Hour," "The Summer Wives," "A Hundred Summers," and other works of historical fiction.

The Library is partnering with The Literate Lizard bookstore to provide books for sale following these programs. The authors will be available to sign books and answer questions.
Quilt Show
This winter, local quilters will once again share their latest quilts to warm our spirits. The larger ones hang high from the rafters and walls of the Library, while you can view the smaller ones up close. The show will run from Tuesday, January 7, through Thursday, February 20. We hope that you will stop by the Library as our community pays tribute to the art form of quilting.

New Programs at the Library
In January, we're adding two programs to our growing roster of regularly scheduled events. Access our online events calendar to view the schedule of all programs at the Library, including these new additions:
  • Saturday Crafternoon: Our all-ages monthly crafts program starts on Saturday, January 11, at 3 p.m. in the community room. This month, we'll use acrylic paints to paint a canvas or a whimsical wooden decoration. All supplies will be provided free of charge, and all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Conversational English Group: This group is open to all who want to practice speaking English with others. Conversational English will be held every Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Green Room at the Library starting January 13.
Events at the Library
Access our online events calendar to view the monthly schedule of programs at the Library, including these upcoming events:
  • Conversational Spanish Group: The group meets every Wednesday evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study.
  • ESL Class: The English as a Second Language group meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
  • Cryptocurrency Group: Interested in investing in cryptocurrencies? You're invited to attend meetings of the Crypto group on a new day and time starting January 13 and continuing every Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Quiet Study. Note there will be no meeting on Monday, January 20.
  • Conversational French Group: The group will meet on Tuesday, January 7 and 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Quiet Study. Intended for intermediate-level speakers, the group provides an opportunity for those with some prior knowledge to practice their French.
  • Coffee with a Veteran: At this month's program, everyone is invited to join us for coffee and donuts, a video presentation, and lunch, provided by The Sedona Women. The event will be held on Friday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community room.
  • Socrates Cafe: The group, a forum for discussing fundamental human questions, will meet on Monday, January 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Quiet Study. Please register at the reference desk for this free program.
  • Book Club: Join us at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, in the Quiet Study for a discussion of "Kingdom of the Blind," by Louise Penny.
  • iPad/iPhone/Mac Workshop: The Oak Creek Apples Macintosh User Group is offering a general question-and-answer workshop on iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers on Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in the community room. Pre-registration is suggested for this free program by emailing oakcreekapples@gmail.com. All are welcome.
  • Nonfiction Book Club: The group will meet on Tuesday, January 28, at 4 p.m. in the Quiet Study. This month's selection is "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean.
  • Poetry and Prose Project: Join us for a Poetry and Prose Project event on Friday, January 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the community room. The program will feature Brian Jabas Smith reading from his work "Spent Saints" and his wife, filmmaker Maggie Rawling Smith, screening a few short films from the Amazon Prime series of the same name. Joshua Wiss will provide music and read poetry, and Gary Every will perform and host.
  • Author and Filmmaker Event: On Saturday, February 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the community room, Brian Jabas Smith will read from his book "Tucson Salvage," and Maggie Rawling Smith will screen her short documentary adaptation of Brian's work. Violinist Barry Smith will open with a musical performance.
Movies in January
Join us for free screenings on Monday nights in January, at 6 p.m. in the community room. Please note there will be no movie on January 20.
  • January 6: Ad Astra, a sci-fi drama starring Brad Pitt.
  • January 13: Storm Boy, an Australian film about a boy who rescues pelican chicks.
  • January 27: Arctic, an adventure story that takes place in an icy wasteland.
Rock On, Geology! Event for Families
The Sedona Library youth department, in collaboration with the Arizona Archaeology Society, is hosting a special event for youngsters (best for ages 7 and up) on Saturday, January 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the community room. 

At this program, Becky and Bill from the Mingus Gem and Mineral Club will present "Rock On, Geology," an interactive introduction to geology and rocks. Library staff will provide gem bags and great books to check out.
Reel Life Movie Night in January

Watch a free screening of the film David Crosby: Remember My Name on Tuesday, January 28. This revealing and deeply personal documentary explores the life and creative renaissance of music icon David Crosby, a cultural force for over 50 years.  

Reel Life Movie Night is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the community room.
Library News from the Village
  • Arizona Humanities Speaker Program: Join Dr. Jay Craváth for "Honky Tonks, Brothels, and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona," on Wednesday, January 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive. 

In pioneer Arizona, some of the best places to experience the performing arts were the mining towns. In remote hamlets like Tombstone, residents could enjoy glee clubs, orchestras, and even operas! Dr. Craváth shares stories and music from a time when watching live performances was one of the few ways to experience the arts. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Community Book Discussion: Participate in the book discussion of "Growing Old: Notes on Aging with Something Like Grace," by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, on Tuesday, January 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. The book is not yet available in the Yavapai Library Network, so you will need to pick up your loaner copy at the Village library. All are welcome!
Sedona Public Library 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.
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