contents Discover, Enjoy, and Connect at the Library 3 Community Stories 5 On the Shelf 6 Mark Your Calendar 7 Youth Services 8 Meet Our Volunteers 10 Spotlight on the Village 11 What Are You Doing at the Library? 13 Meet the Board 14 Friends of the Library 14 editor Elizabeth Cate design Jane Perini Thunder Mountain Design photography Wib Middleton Jordan Reece Check it out © Sedona Public Library, November 2015. Check it out is distributed free of charge to residents of Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. sedona public library 3250 white bear road sedona, az 86336 www.sedonalibrary.org hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Wednesday Friday and Saturday Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed From the Director P ublic libraries are all about making connections. Libraries create new opportunities for entertainment and education and for personal encounters. The daily connections made between staff, volunteers, and patrons offer unlimited opportunities for sharing and personal growth. Sedona Public Library connects people in unexpected ways. A recent encounter at the selfcheck station was the start of a connection. When I showed a young man how to renew his book, he shared his situation with me. He needed the book to study for his college course, with the goal of improving his grade. I suggested that he take advantage of our informal tutoring service, and that same day librarian Amy Vaterlaus scheduled the first of a number of coaching sessions. A couple of weeks later, news arrived that the student’s grade went up from C to A. Along with his verbal thanks for the Library’s help was a homemade flan—the ultimate personal connection! I’m so proud to be part of an organization that has been an important part of the community since 1958. From a small collection of donated books, the Library has established its presence as an icon of the community. Over the years we’ve found new and exciting ways to start children on the path to reading by connecting them with opportunities to build early literacy skills. In addition to providing books, story times, and new play-to-learn activities, we reach out to children in many ways. The Library connects children with books at an early age through our collaboration with service organizations and nonprofits. We helped the Rotary Club of Sedona launch Imagination Library, enabling preschoolers to receive free books, and we continue to help get kids signed up for the program. We visit Head Start classes and local preschools to read stories, drop off collections of books for use in the classrooms, and present workshops for parents and teachers. No other institution in Sedona serves every age group, every economic and cultural group, and 50 local nonprofit organizations, and does it at no cost to users! The Library continues to explore new ways to connect you to resources that meet your needs. Looking for no-cost books to download to your Kindle or iPad? Looking for the latest issue of a magazine? Visit our website to find them for free. Having trouble figuring out your latest digital gadget? Stop by or give us a call and we’ll give you some help with it. With this magazine we invite you to explore the exciting opportunities at your fingertips. A new connection is just one person, one click, one page away!