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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: January 7, 2011

Quilts and More at the Sedona Library in January

It’s that time of the year again – the quilts are back!  They were hung from the rafters on December 30, as the snow came down and the temperature dropped.  The show warmed the hearts of those who stopped by the library on that wintry day.  The quilts will be up through February 10.

The library’s Annual Quilt Show is another stunning display of local creativity and imagination, organized by Patty Krause of Quilter’s Store Sedona.  Quilters throughout the community are graciously sharing their work with you as we pay tribute to the beauty and art of quilting.  Take a stroll to view 65 quilts throughout the library.
Be sure to pick up a handout prepared by Patty.  The introduction reads:  “You may find that the stories behind the quilts are as captivating as the quilts themselves.  Themes like family and a sense of place have emerged this year.  See the history of one family’s growth and homes or witness the day two granddaughters went fishing with their grandmother.  Read about the collaboration of family members or friends as they create their quilts together.  Several of this year’s quilts take in the essence of red rock country or desert living.  The inspirations are endless; the techniques are varied.  And, yes, hand quilting and hand appliqué are alive and well in Sedona.  You won’t want to miss a single quilt, so be sure to tour both the main room and the Si Birch Community Room.”
After viewing two of the quilts you may want to take a chance on winning them.  “Jewels in the Garden” is the Quail Country Quilters opportunity quilt for 2011.   This is an exquisite quilt done in a jewel box design with an appliquéd border.  Guild members pieced and appliquéd the quilt; custom machine quilting was done by Bev Lawrence.  Raffle tickets are available at the Quilter’s Store Sedona for a drawing to be held in October 2011.

The other quilt to be raffled off is “Sedona in Bloom.”  This colorful quilt was designed by Karin Scanlon and constructed by members of the Red Rock Quilters.  The elaborate custom machine quilting was done by award-winning quilter Mary Vaneecke. This is the guild’s opportunity quilt for 2011 with all proceeds going to benefit their many service programs.  Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Quilter’s Store Sedona.  The drawing will be held April 30, 2011, at the Red Rock Quilters’ outdoor Quiltfest.

During the month of January displays and programs will be offered at the library for all ages.  OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) will present another informational display at the library on January 11 and 12.  Representatives from OLLI will be at SPL to share information about their classes and workshops for spring 2011.

Recently many questions have come up from Sedona citizens regarding the possibility of a Route Transfer of SR 89A in West Sedona and what it means to the City.  The City of Sedona will be holding an Open House at the library on Thursday, January 13, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. on this issue.

Mark your calendar for library events being held in the Village of Oak Creek.  An Arizona Humanities Council Community Book Discussion of Willa Cather’s “Death Comes for the Archbishop” will take place on January 24 at 1:30 at Sedona Winds. A book sale to benefit SPL in the Village will be held from January 28 through 30 at the Village Fire Station.

For the younger crowd, a new story time called “Little Book Lovers” is being offered on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:00.  This is a program designed for children ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers.  Adults stay nearby, able to help their children participate in stories, songs, finger play and felt board activities.  Youth Services Librarian Karen Mack will conduct the sessions. 

Another new program for kids is called “SCRATCH.”  This is for ages 9 through 12 and will be held on three Wednesdays: January 26, February 2, and February 9, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm each day.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art.   Participants will be using new laptop computers purchased with stimulus funds, and instruction will be provided.  Space is limited and registration begins January 12.  Please call 282 -7714, ext 19 to register.

Continuing programs for youth are the Saturday story time for ages 3 and up, which is held from 11 am to 12 pm; and a variety of programs for infants through age 3, which are held on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:00.  Teens can participate in Young Voices Be Heard on Mondays from 4 to 5:45 p.m.

Check the library’s website for other events, including a mystery book club, Great Decisions 2011 discussion group, Monday night movies, computer classes, yoga classes, music concerts, and various community group meetings open to the public. There’s always something happening at the library.  We hope to see you often in 2011.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.