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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 28, 2012

October Happenings at the Library

As part of their annual show, the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild is displaying a wide variety of fiber arts at the Library through October 12. A demonstration of spinning will take place on Monday, October 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Weavers will demonstrate their craft on Thursday, October 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

In addition to monthly meetings, the Guild has ongoing study groups on weaving techniques, spinning, and tapestry. Workshops covering specialized techniques in weaving, basket-weaving, and dyeing fiber and yarns are planned year-round. The Guild has been active in the community since its founding in 1973.

Sedona Camera Club, which was founded in 1952, will display their photographs during the entire month of October. The purpose of the club is to provide area photographers with an opportunity to improve their photographic skills and knowledge and share what they have learned with others. In addition to informative programs, workshops, and field trips, the club offers opportunities for members to show their digital images and prints at the monthly meetings.

Members of the Arizona Authors Association will read from their works on Saturday, October 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Library. Authors will have ten minutes to read from their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoirs. AAA has members throughout Arizona, and readers will include several from the Verde Valley and many who will drive from the Phoenix and Tucson areas to participate in the event. Books by the readers will be for sale. Authors who read must be members of AAA. The public is welcome to attend.

Sedona Public Library has made some changes recently.  When you enter the Library and head toward the check-in desk, you’ll notice that we’re handling your returned items a little differently.

We now have a book return chute open next to the desk.  We opened the book return for two reasons.

The first reason is to prepare for the upcoming transition to RFID. We are switching to a faster and more accurate method of checking items in and out: RFID, which stands for radio frequency identification. RFID will allow us to check in or out multiple items at a time using a pad. Because items being checked in may have different destinations (to be returned to the shelves, to be held for a patron, to be sent to another library) items placed on the RFID pad must be monitored by a volunteer. We have opened the book return slot to avoid patrons accidentally triggering the pad by placing their returns on the check-in desk, near or on the pad.

The second reason is to address patron concerns. Our volunteers may need to occasionally step away from the check-in desk. Some patrons have expressed concerns that items returned but not yet checked in could accidentally be removed from the Library by other patrons when the desk is unattended. While we are unaware of that situation ever having arisen, utilizing the book return will eliminate it as a possibility.

Expedited check-in is available if you are returning items with a checkout quantity limit (DVDs, CD audiobooks, etc.) so you can check out new ones. Simply ask the check-in volunteer if you may hand the items to them over the barrier. If the volunteer is away from the desk, use the book return and alert the volunteer at checkout when bringing up the new items. If your returns are not yet processed, they will then be located and checked in.

Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants.  Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to:  Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

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.