Monthly Newsletter | May 2019



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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
Library Closed for Holiday

The Library will be closed all day on  Monday, May 27 ,
to observe Memorial Day.
Library Giving Day
Thank you for making the first annual Library Giving Day a success! We were one of 200 libraries in the U.S. that took this opportunity to ask our communities to support all we do, and you stepped up to the plate! 

Thanks to 115 of you who made donations that were matched dollar-for-dollar by two generous donors --up to a total match of $20,000! With the match, we raised $40,000 towards Library programs, services, and more. Thank you!

Our thanks also go to Rayna Griffin and Brenda Cosse who provided artisan bookmarks for $50+ donors. WOW!
Get Your Kicks on Route 66!
Read Around Sedona 2019, the Library's community reading project, features "Arizona Kicks on Route 66," by travel writer Roger Naylor. There are two special events taking place in May that are free and open to the public.
  • Memories of the Fun Run on Route 66: On Wednesday, May 15, from 4 to 5 p.m., attend a presentation by local author Victoria Clark about the Route 66 Fun Run, an annual three-day trip from Seligman to Kingman featuring hundreds of classic cars.
  • Route 66 Women: An Untold Story of the Mother Road: On Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., filmmaker Katrina Parks will show segments from her documentary film series "Route 66 Women." It provides an in-depth look at Arizona's Route 66 legacy through the eyes and experiences of women who overcame segregation and gender discrimination to build fulfilling lives for themselves on America's most beloved road. 

Parks will be joined by Cline Library's archivist Sean Evans and Official Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble, who will provide historical context for the segments screened and participate in the discussion following the film. 


This event is made possible with support from Arizona Humanities and Sedona Public 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 Group: Interested in investing in cryptocurrencies? You're invited to attend meetings of the Crypto group. Join us on Thursdays, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study! New members are welcome.
  • Conversational French Group: The group will meet on Tuesday, May 7 and 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Quiet Study.
  • Conversational Spanish Group: The group meets every Wednesday evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library.
  • Local author
    David Arnett
    Coffee with a Veteran: Local author David Arnett will be our speaker on  Friday, May 10 , from 10 a.m. to noon in the community room. Arnett will discuss his latest book "The Sea of Cortez." Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
  • Socrates Cafe: The group will meet on Monday, May 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Quiet Study. This group is perfect for those who enjoy honest and respectful discussions of fundamental human questions. May's discussion will be facilitated by Thomas Lowrey. Please RSVP at the reference desk for this free program.
  • Book Club: Join us at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in the Quiet Study, for a discussion of "Little Fires Everywhere," by Celeste Ng.
  • iPad/iPhone Workshop: The Oak Creek Apples group is offering a general question-and-answer workshop on iPads and iPhones on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in the community room. Pre-registration is suggested for this free program by emailing oakcreekapples@gmail.com.
  • Nonfiction Book Club: The group will meet on Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m. in the Quiet Study. Everyone is invited to attend this free program, facilitated by library staff. This month's selection is "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence," by Michael Pollan.
  • Health Screening: The Library will offer a free health screening on Wednesday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the community room. Provided and funded by Northern Arizona Healthcare, the screening is designed to assess the risk of diabetes and heart disease by measuring cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood glucose. No fasting is required, and no appointment is necessary.
  • Speaker Program: On Wednesday, May 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room, Clancy Sage, of the Sedona Heritage Museum, will present the third in a series of Sedona history lectures at the Library: "How the Sedona Art Scene Got Started and Famous Artists Who Lived Here." This program, presented in collaboration with the Sedona Historical Society, is free and open to the public.
  • Poetry and Prose Project: Attend a Poetry and Prose Project event on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the community room. The program will feature two Flagstaff authors who were both finalists for this year's Viola Awards, Nicole Walker and eventual winner Jesse Sensibar.
Public Speaking Seminar for Women
Instructor and author Chantal Lacasse will present a workshop on verbal and non-verbal skills, how to engage any audience, organizing your ideas, making a good first impression, body language, speaking techniques, managing questions, effective visuals, and more.

This free, two-day workshop is Monday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 8, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required and limited to 10 women. Sign up via the online events calendar or at the reference desk.
Library Honors Volunteers
Volunteers were recognized for their service at our annual volunteer recognition brunch on Sunday, April 14. The Route 66 theme was enjoyed by all, with music provided by Yarrow Sedona.

Volunteers recognized for their milestone years of service:
  • Five Years: Dale Albright, Lorraine Anderson, Jan Bareuther, Pat DiMillo, Joyce Kelly, Bob Little, Donna Ruhe, Sharon Skeer, Sharrie Wadsack
  • Ten Years: Penny Beers, Pat Jansen, Jo Kontzer
  • Fifteen Years: Sandy Leavitt, Bonnie Martin
  • Twenty-five Years: Carol Stetser
  • Thirty-five Years: Gerri Perrin
Volunteer Coordinator Marisol Molina and volunteers: Donna Ruhe, Carol Stetser, Sharrie Wadsack, Gerri Perrin, Bonnie Martin, Joyce Kelly

Gerri Perrin and
Marisol Molina

Ten volunteers received special awards for training new volunteers: Nancy Black, Tricia Egger, Jeff Harvey, Joyce Kelly, Sandy Kreml, Gerri Perrin, Donna Ruhe, Linda Schermer, Kathy Wege, and Cindy Wren-Swart.

We are truly grateful for the thousands of hours of service given by library volunteers every year! 
Displays at the Library
  • A Nostalgic Journey Along Route 66, Main Street of America: Don't miss this fascinating multi-part exhibit, created by Sedona resident Wendy Jack, which includes a Route 66 diorama, a hand-painted map featuring iconic route 66 tourist sites, and more. The exhibit will be on display through May 8.
  • The Whimsical Village of Medow: Local artist Mike Medow will display his amazing collection of miniature wooden houses through the end of May. To wrap up the exhibit, Mike will speak at the Library on Thursday, May 30, at 2 p.m. in the community room. At this presentation, he will explain and demonstrate how he created his miniature wooden houses.
Reel Life Movie Night in May
Watch a free documentary at the new Reel Life Movie Night film series on Tuesday, May 28

This month's selection is Bisbee '17. An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1,200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

Reel Life Movie Night is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the community room.
Movies in May
Three popular and critically acclaimed movies are on the Flicker Shack schedule in May. Join us for these free screenings on Monday nights at 6 p.m. in the community room. Please note there will be no film on Memorial Day.
  • May 6: If Beale Street Could Talk, a moving film about a newly engaged couple who must fight for justice in 1970s Harlem.
  • May 13: On the Basis of Sex, a biopic covering Ruth Bader Ginsburg's early career.
  • May 20: Stan & Ollie, about the farewell tour of comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
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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