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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 3, 2011


Upcoming Events:

  • We've kicked off the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program and students are invited to stop in or go online to register for it.  On June 10 at 1 p.m. teens can participate in old fashioned ice-cream making and play Wii games.  On June 14 at 1:30 "Tast of Tibet with Naomi Rose" is offered for ages 4 and up.

Arizona Humanites Council programs:

  • Mary Melcher presents "Making Do on Less: Arizona Women and the Great Depression" on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sedona Public Library on White Bear Road and 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds in the Village of Oak Creek.
  • Monica Lane will be leading a discussion of the 2011 ONEBookAZ selection, "Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud" written by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, on Friday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Library on White Bear Road.

Library Exhibit Celebrates Verde River

Arizona Rivers and the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club have teamed up with local photographer Gary Beverly and artist Edie Dillon to create an exhibit at the Sedona Public Library through mid-July. The exhibit, titled, “The Verde River: Green Heart of Arizona – Endangered Desert Jewel,” celebrates this ecological and aesthetic treasure in Sedona’s backyard.

According to Sandy Bahr, Director for the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, The Verde River provides important habitat for people and wildlife alike.  This exhibit helps demonstrate the significance of this vibrant ecological corridor, how it is threatened, and what we can all do to help.

Both Arizona Rivers and the Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter host a variety of events to inform local citizens about threats to the Verde River that include groundwater pumping, destructive recreation, water pollution, and human population growth. The Verde has attracted the concern of national conservation organizations, including American Rivers, which included the river in its 2006 list of the country’s top 10 most endangered rivers.

Michelle Harrington, executive director of Arizona Rivers, is the exhibit producer.  She hopes the exhibit will encourage the public to get involved in decisions about the Verde’s future, and that includes population growth and water resource planning.

The library exhibit is installed in the foyer by the front door. Panels tell the Verde’s story through words and images. Viewers are introduced to the diverse array of plants and animals that depend on the river, the myriad threats it faces, and the role the community can play in speaking up for our watershed and protecting the life blood of central Arizona, the Verde River.

The exhibit also includes a variety of ways the public can do its part to protect the Verde River. Recreationists are encouraged to practice the principals of “leave no trace,” and off-road vehicle users are encouraged to stay on legal trails and to learn about the way vehicle use impacts wildlife habitat and riparian vegetation. The public is also urged to visit the Verde, support Wild and Scenic designation for the upper river segment, practice personal water conservation, and encourage local officials to transition to a sustainable water economy.

The Verde River exhibit will remain on display at the Library through mid-July. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit call Edie Dillon at (928) 277-9155. 

The library hosts many displays and exhibits throughout the year.  Contact Charlene Lipka at (928) 274-5124 to inquire about a proposed display for your organization.

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.

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