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By: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 4, 2009

Display Space for Local Groups

As a community service, the Sedona Public Library offers display space for local groups.  We also feature displays of our own books, which change by the season or feature topics of current interest.

Next time you’re at the library stop by the display celebrating September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.  Greater Sedona Substance Abuse Coalition has organized an informational display with brochures from MATForce (Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition).

The Coalition meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Si Birch Community Room of the Library at 8:00 a.m. You’re invited to join their efforts and be a part of building a healthier community by working together to eliminate substance abuse and its effects.

Some of the resources provided by MATForce include a video library, a monthly newsletter, educational seminars, and a speakers bureau.   In their Alert publication they caution that while alcohol and marijuana use recently declined among county teens, a grave and sometimes fatal new trend in substance abuse is increasing:  prescription drugs and inhalants.  Visit their website ( for links to local and national organizations that provide valuable information as well as treatment options.

Included in the display are books related to the subject that can be checked out of the library’s collection.  “Beautiful Boy:  A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” grew out of author David Sheff’s article in the New York Times Magazine that drew an overwhelming response.  The article also won an award from the American Psychological Association for Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction.

As a journalist, Sheff’s reaction to his son Nic’s addiction to crystal meth was to start finding out as much as he could about it and researching options to save his son’s life.  He spent time talking to experts and his book reflects what he learned, but it’s also a moving story of watching a loved one struggling with addiction and recovery.

In “Tweak”, Nic Sheff tells his own story.  He details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and his violent relapse one summer in California. His book will soon be available at the Sedona Library.  It can also be borrowed through the Yavapai Library Network loan system, by placing a hold through the library’s website:

As MATForce says in one of its brochures, treatment does work and it can cost nothing through such self help groups as AA .  They caution that often relapse and multiple attempts happen before a sustained recovery.  Their message is that addiction is a challenging disease.  With time, effort, and support there is hope!

This month we’re also featuring books on the subject of canning and preserving food.  You can find information on preserving natural foods with honey, or information on preserving meat by curing and smoking.  There’s even a book on preserving food without freezing or canning that uses traditional techniques such as salt, oil, sugar, vinegar and drying.

Once again the pop-up books are on display to delight children and adults.  Pop-ups aren’t added to the collection because they’re so fragile.  We receive them as donations, though, and keep them to show off the book-creators’ paper engineering skills.   My favorite of the current group is “The Very Busy Bugs,” which bills itself as fantastic pup-up fun, and so it is.  Make your way to the pop-ups soon – they’re only up for two weeks.

On September 14th the Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild display moves in and will stay up for three weeks.  The guild meets at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Members will show woven articles that include clothing, household items, and tapestries.  Hand-spun yarn will also be on display.  The exhibit uses the space by the entry windows and it should be a treat for all.

If you’re not a regular visitor to the Library, make time this month to stop by.  There’s plenty to see.  It’s also Library Card Sign-up Month.  It’s a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.   And for adults, a library card is the “smartest card” in every wallet.

Virginia Volkman, author of this week's article,
is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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