Monthly Newsletter | September 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 Labor Day
The Library will be closed on
Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Sale at Friends Bookstore
Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Sedona Library book sale--all fiction and classics are half price! The sale runs from September 3 through 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Friends used bookstore, adjacent to the Library. Don't miss the fantastic bargains at this sale!
Environmental Program Series at the Library 

Photo courtesy of Mike Koopsen

Sedona Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of an environmental program series, Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home. The series features author talks about protecting and preserving the environment. Grab your calendar and make a note of these presentations.
  • Tuesday, September 10, 10:30 a.m. Mike Koopsen, fine-art landscape photographer, will present a slide show of his award-winning images to celebrate the theme Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home. Mike will also offer insider tips about the best places to photograph the red rocks.
  • Friday, October 4, 3:30 p.m. Journalist Rebecca Robinson and photographer Stephen E. Strom will speak about their book "Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land."
  • Tuesday, November 5, 10:30 a.m. In his latest book, "Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State," travel writer Roger Naylor reveals the scenic wonders, rich history, and recreational opportunities contained within the extensive park system.
  • Saturday, November 9, 1:30 p.m. What can you make from recycled book pages? Joyce Bethune and Suzanne Moore have fun, creative ideas and will facilitate a make-and-take workshop using recycled book pages. There is no cost for the workshop, but you must register so we can plan for the event. Please call 928-284-1603 or email voc@sedonalibrary.org to reserve your space.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. Meet author Pam Houston. She will be reading passages from her latest book, "Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country," a story that Kirkus Reviews calls a "profound and inspiring love letter to one piece of Earth--and to the rest of it, as well."

All programs will take place in the community room at the Library. These programs are free and open to the public. Sedona Public Library's environmental series is supported by a grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Human Library Program Returns to Sedona  
The third Sedona Human Library event, sponsored by Sedona International City of Peace, Rotary Club of Sedona, and the Library, will be held at the Library on Sunday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
The public is invited to "read" a live book by listening to a presentation and engaging in dialogue. Human books share their stories of being marginalized or stigmatized for their differences. In the process, judgments, stereotypes, and prejudices are explored. The goal is to gain understanding and develop new ways of relating.

This year, we have 26 human books with stigmas and labels including Transgender, African-Catholic-Lesbian, Weird/Body-Modified, Felon, Victim, Divorcee, and Privileged Class.

Please register here for this free event, as space is limited. 
Events at the Library
Access our online events calendar to view the monthly schedule of programs at the Library, including these upcoming events:
  • Drum Circle: Join us for an interactive drum circle and music jam lead by Paul Blasi on Tuesday, September 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, September 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome at this free program.
  • Conversational Spanish Group: The group meets every Wednesday evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library.
  • Cryptocurrency Group: Interested in investing in cryptocurrencies? You're invited to attend meetings of the Crypto group every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study. This free program is open to the public.
  • Socrates Cafe: The group, a forum for discussing fundamental human questions, will meet on Monday, September 9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Quiet Study. Please RSVP at the reference desk for this free program.
  • Book Club: Join us at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, in the Quiet Study for a discussion of "Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel," by Lee Child.
  • Poetry Reading: In partnership with the Northern Arizona Book Festival, the Library presents Nevada poets Jennifer Battisti and Heather Lang-Cassera at a poetry reading on Tuesday, September 10, at 2 p.m. in the community room. Battisti is the recipient of the Helen Stewart Poetry Prize, and Lang-Cassera is the Poet Laureate of Clark County, Nevada. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear these amazing poets and experience their work!


Jennifer Battisti

Heather Lang-Cassera
  • Blood Drive: Make a difference in your community by giving blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the community room. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or log on to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code sedonalibrary. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • Coffee with a Veteran: Enjoy free coffee and donuts and conversations with veterans at the next Coffee with a Veteran program on Friday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to noon in the community room. All are welcome to attend this free event.
  • Conversational French Group: The group will meet on Tuesday, September 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Quiet Study; the September 3 meeting has been cancelled. Intended for intermediate-level speakers, the group provides an opportunity for those with some prior knowledge to practice their French.
  • Multilingual Craft Night: On Wednesday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the community room, join us for a multilingual craft program, with instructions in English, Spanish, and French. Participants will learn to make decorative yarn balls and glittered or painted Mason jars. Everyone is welcome at this all-ages event.
  • Health Screening: A free health screening will be held on Thursday, September 19, 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.
  • 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, September 21, 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.
  • Healthy Aging Lecture Series: Mike Yuen, PhD, will teach a four-part series at the Library entitled Healthy Aging and Longevity: Chinese Secrets. Part 1 of the series, What the Ancient Chinese Knew, will be on Tuesday, September 24, at 2 p.m. in the community room. This free program is open to the public.
  • Nonfiction Book Club: The group will meet on Tuesday, September 24, at 4 p.m. in the Quiet Study. This month's selection is "Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land," by Rebecca Robinson and Stephen Strom. As part of the Library's Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home series, the authors will be speaking at the Library on Friday, October 4, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Computer Class: The first in a series of computer classes offered at the Library this fall will take place on Thursday, September 26, at 9 a.m. In this basic computer skills class, participants will learn how to use a mouse and keyboard. Please register for this free class by visiting or calling the reference desk at 928-282-7714, ext. 114.
  • Chigung Presentation: Chigung is a system of gentle movement, breathing, and awareness that reconnects us with life's natural way of being. Learn more about this healing modality at a free presentation and demonstration by practitioner Parisse Deza on Saturday, September 28, at 1 p.m. in the community room. With 46 years of experience in the healing arts, Deza is a counselor, teacher, and artist, as well as a Daoist internal alchemy, chigung, and feng-shui adept.
Displays at the Library 
Members of the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild will demonstrate their skills and display their work at the Library from September 9 through 28. Don't miss this opportunity to see crafts created by talented local fiber artists.
Reel Life Movie Night in September
Watch a free screening of the documentary Faces Places at the Reel Life Movie Night film series on Tuesday, September 24. Nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards, this poignant film follows two artists who journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Reel Life Movie Night is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the community room.
Youth Services Update
For the 2019/2020 school year, early-release day is Wednesday, and the Library is ready! 

Children are encouraged to curl up with a book, enjoy a board game, or use a building kit or library laptop for the afternoon. Every second Wednesday of the month, a G- or PG-rated movie will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the community room, and on Wednesday, September 4, at 1:30 p.m., library staff will host an "Apple-Licious" craft event

Just a reminder, children under 10 years of age must have a responsible caregiver nearby. Please click here for more details about this library policy.

Also in September, the Oak Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will present an all-ages Constitution Week program , which will include hands-on activities for children. The one-hour event, presented by Celeste and Bill Cates, begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 , in the Quiet Study room.
Movies in September
Four new-release films are on the Flicker Shack schedule for September. Everyone is invited to join us for these free movie screenings on Monday nights at 6 p.m. in the community room. Please note there will be no movie on Labor Day.
  • September 9: All Is True, a historical drama about William Shakespeare's return to Stratford after his beloved Globe Theatre burns down.
  • September 16: A Dog's Journey, the sequel to the 2017 hit A Dog's Purpose.
  • September 23: Rocketman, an epic musical fantasy set to Elton John's most beloved songs.
  • September 30: The Upside, a film about the unlikely friendship between an ex-convict and a quadriplegic billionaire. 
Library News from the Village
  • Arizona Humanities Program: Jim Turner, author and historian, will present "Four Corners: The Southwest's Cultural Crossroads" on Wednesday, September 4, at 1:30 p.m. Way out on the Colorado Plateau, two lines cross at right angles, forming the borders of four states. You can stand on this spot and be in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all at the same time. The Four Corners is the common name for this region. Attend this presentation to learn more about this unforgettable land and its people.
The program will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, the presentation is free and open to the public.
  • Community Book Discussion: Participate in the next book discussion on Tuesday, September 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Find out what people read during our summer hiatus and pick up your loaner copy of the book selected for the following book discussion on Tuesday, October 29.
Community book discussions, sponsored by the Library and facilitated by library staff, are the last Tuesday of every month. They are free and open to the public.

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. For more information, please call Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village, at 928-284-1603, or email voc@sedonalibrary.org. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
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