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By: Laura Lawrie, Board Member
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 17
, 2010

Upcoming Events at Sedona Public Library

Labor Day has been and gone, and although the temperatures are getting cooler every day, things are really beginning to heat up at the Sedona Public Library!

The Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild display in the front entry will continue throughout the month of September. Take a few moments to look at this exhibit as you come into the Library or before you leave.

On Friday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. pianist James Nalley will be presenting a lecture/recital, “Synesthesia: A Journey into the World of Musical Colors” in the Si Birch Community Room. On Saturday, September 25, at 10:00 a.m. Nalley will be presenting a workshop, “Using Music to Inspire and Create.” Preregistration for the workshop is suggested. The cost is $40.00 per person; please call Nalley at 642-6002 to register.

The Friends of the Sedona Library will be hosting a “Dinner in the Stacks” evening on Friday, October 1, starting at 7 p.m. The price is $100 per person, part of which may be tax-deductible. The food will be prepared by Dahl and Diluca Decadent Catering, and cocktails will be served. There will also be music, provided by the pianist James Nalley. “Dinner in the Stacks” is a popular fund-raising event at many libraries throughout the United States. Contact Charlene Lipka, President of the Friends of the Sedona Library, for more information (274-5124 or

The Second Annual Sedona Book Festival will take place on Saturday, October 2. This year, the Festival will be held indoors at the Yavapai College Sedona Center, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public. There will be food vendors on site, and more than 100 exhibitors will showcase local and regional authors, publishers, and other book-related organizations.

The Friends of the Sedona Library Fall Book Sale will open to the general public on Saturday, October 16, and will continue through Sunday, October 24. There will be a Preview Night for members of the Friends, volunteers, and invited guests on Friday, October 15. If you want to help with setup, this will begin on Thursday, October 14. Please call the Library and leave a message for Richard Sauck if you would like to help in any way with the setup.

Many Library patrons will be pleased to hear that the signature event sponsored by the Friends of the Sedona Library, the Festival of Wreaths, is returning to the Sedona Public Library this year. The Festival will open with a Preview Gala and Sale on Sunday, November 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two. An exciting new extra part of the Festival is the addition of handmade painted ornaments, contributed by some of Sedona’s best-known artists. The Gala will give attendees a chance to see the wreaths and ornaments, and also enjoy local wine and appetizers from Sedona restaurants. And there will be entertainment, a raffle of items donated by local artists and businesses, and a fabulous cake! Wreaths will go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 15. Contact the Friends of the Library for more information, or pick up their newsletter, “Footnotes,” in the Library.

Sedona Public Library has been chosen to be one of the Benefiting Community Organizations for the 6th Annual Sedona Marathon, to be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011. The Marathon enables selected organizations to benefit from a portion of the proceeds of the event as well as from dedicated pledges made through associated marathon participants. This would be a great time to start training for the full marathon, the half marathon, the 5K, and, new to the Marathon this year, the 10K. You can walk or run for free as long as you raise pledges for the Library. If you would prefer to volunteer rather than walk or run, that’s great, too—this also supports the effort. You can get more information about this at in the coming months.

Now that your summer vacation is over, maybe you are wondering what new activities you could take on. Well, the Library has just the thing for you—come and volunteer! The Library is always looking for people to help in every possible way, so please pick up a form the next time you are at the Library and get involved! You can also find out more about volunteering on our Web site at Volunteering is a great way to get to meet people while helping this crucially important community resource.

You can always check the Sedona Public Library Web site,, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter, for up-to-date information on events at the Library. And when you are in the Library, take a few moments to look at the Kiosk or check the boards for more Library and other local events. There is always something going on in Sedona!

Laura Lawrie
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on:  Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Diane Schwilling, author of this week's article, is a Member of the Marketing Committee of the Sedona Public Library.