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By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 8, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week April 11 through 16

April is a time for celebration—flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and warmer temperatures are allowing us to get outside and enjoy nature. April is also the month when the library celebrates National Library Week.  The first National Library Week was held in April 1958 and sponsored by the American Library Association. It has since been recognized every year during the second full week of April and is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and to promote library use and support.

We are observing National Library Week from April 11 to 16 at the main library in West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek library by providing more good reasons to visit your Sedona Public Library.  

Fine-Free Week

Do you have library items that are overdue?  If you return them to the Sedona Library during National Library Week the fines for those items will be waived. This is a win-win week, as we will be happy to put those returned items back into circulation and you will be happy to hold on to your cash. (Sorry—we cannot forgive fines for items that are turned in before National Library Week begins.)

Food Bank Collection 

While you’re at the library getting your fines waived, we hope you want to spread the generosity by donating food items to the Sedona Food Bank. A Food Bank receptacle will be located inside both of our locations from April 11 through 23.  Examples of great items to donate are peanut butter, cereal, and cans of beans, soup, stew, chili, fruit and vegetables.

Kevin Roth in Concert

“Kevin sings like a bird and plays the most luscious dulcimer you’ll ever hear,” praises Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul, & Mary). Others agree, including the New York Times, Billboard magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and thousands of fans Kevin has gathered along the way. Roth will be presenting a morning and an evening show at the Sedona Public Library on Thursday, April 14.

Roth’s children’s show is designed for ages 0–7 and will be held in the Children’s Room of the main library at 10:30 a.m. Roth has been recognized by Parent magazine, the American Library Association, and other venerable institutions for providing excellence in family entertainment.

The evening show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room and will delight adults of all ages. Kevin Roth will present a diverse repertoire, performing the songs of contemporary urban musicians and traditional mountain folk as well as a few of his own creations. Kevin has performed twice at the White House, with major symphony orchestras, and at music festivals around the world—sharing the stage with such musical legends as Odetta, Arlo Guthrie, Ola Belle Reed, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul, & Mary. Kevin Roth’s philosophy on his work sheds light on his performance style: “Music and art can be very healing. If my music can help soothe people’s souls, then I have accomplished a wonderful thing.”

Poetry Festival and Workshops

Young Voices Be Heard will present “An Evening of Metaphor and Mentors” on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room.  The poets, ranging in age from 13 to 17, will be performing their original work and invite the public to attend.

OneBookAZ for KidsBook Discussion

To round out the activities of National Library Week, there will be a book discussion on the OneBookAZ selection, which is titled Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. The discussion will take place in the Quiet Study area on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. Copies of Code Talker are available at the Youth Services Desk.

Call the main library on White Bear Road in West Sedona at 928-282-7714 or the Village of Oak Creek library in Tequa Plaza at 928-284-1603 or visit our website for more information.

Karen Mack
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Karen Mack is Youth Services Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.