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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: October 26, 2012

Upcoming Library Events

There’s still time to find some bargains at the Friends of the Sedona Library’s Fall Book Sale.  Shop the sale on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  On Saturday, there will be a half-price sale and on Sunday you can buy a bag of books for $7.

On Monday, October 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., auditions will take place for Sedona i-Talks, which are short "idea talks" delivered by members of the Sedona community. The program is a collaboration between Sedona Public Library and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and was inspired by talks presented at the annual TED conference (

Selected speakers will share an idea that they believe would improve the life of an individual, our community, or even the world.  Speakers who are selected at the audition will present their seven-minute talks at the Library on November 7 and 10.

Eight speakers were selected for the inaugural program in March 2012.  You can watch their talks on the Library’s YouTube channel.   Go to to watch the following presenters:   Eshan Amore—"The Plight of Youth in a Dark Age," Cindy Foss—"Attachment Matters," Jim Gandee—"Compassion into Action," Paul Gazda—"Weeds, Politics and Public Spaces," Curt Ireland—"A Horse Named Sweetheart," Lynne Leakey—"Evolution of the African Safari: From Photography to Philanthropy," Lori Rubenstein—"Forgiving the Unforgivable," and Debra Smith—"Tomboy to Enchantress."

The backgrounds of our first group of speakers are as diverse as their topics:  they are attorneys, scientists, counselors, business veterans, and guides.  All have in common being community members, being creative and critical thinkers, and being passionate about what they do and believe. 

Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of the Library’s Festival of Wreaths Gala and Sale, which will be held on Sunday, November 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.  This evening provides an exclusive opportunity to purchase any of the fantastic wreaths, ornaments, and other creations prior to the sale opening to the public, as well as an opportunity to enjoy wine, appetizers, entertainment, and a chance to win one of many wonderful raffle items. 

Tickets are also on sale now for a special raffle of a necklace created by George Kelly Jewelry.  The necklace has a stainless-steel mesh chain and an 18-karat gold pendant with a diamond.  It has a value of $2,200.  A limited number of tickets will be sold at $10 each, or three for $25.  The drawing for the necklace will be held at the Festival of Wreaths Gala, and the winner need not be present to win.

A wreath-making and tabletop tree workshop will be held on October 31 at 9:30 a.m. in the Si Birch Community Room.  Bring your materials and learn methods for creating a great wreath from Bob Zaworski.  Space is limited and reservations should be made by calling or e-mailing San Dee Kinnen, chairperson for the Festival of Wreaths: 928-203-4363 or

On November 6 at 5:30 p.m., join us for Hot Topics Café, a program that creates a forum for civil discourse about timely political topics, chosen by a diverse community committee. These conversations emphasize respect for all persons, and all viewpoints are welcome. This month's topic is climate change. For more information, visit

In the Hot Topics Café forums, discussions are facilitated by philosophers who encourage diverse views, yet point out fallacious reasoning or other logical problems that may arise.  A social psychologist is present to talk about the role of compassion in the conversation, and to intervene if there is a lack of civility.  Hot Topics Café is a joint project between NAU’s Compassion Project and Philosophy in the Public Interest.

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.