By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: February 2013
Most of you know that Sedona Public Library (SPL) is a private, 501
(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. The library depends on grants and
donations for operating expenses. There are many ways to support
the library. Here is one very creative example. Instead
of exchanging gifts for the holidays, a local book club chose to give
monetary donations to Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V).
The generosity of this book club prompted me to think about book
Nathan Heller in "Slate Magazine" states,
"More than 5 million adults are thought to be in reading groups, not
counting online clubs." ("Slate Magazine", July 29, 2011).
Why are book clubs so popular? Why do people
join book clubs? How can book clubs make a difference in the lives
of readers? With these questions in mind, I decided to interview
several individuals about their book clubs or book discussion groups.
Ann Meiggs, a former SPL Board Member and active
member of the SPL-V committee, shared these ideas about her book club.
I enjoy reading books I might never have chosen to
read or didn't know much, or anything, about. I
appreciate the broad range of perspectives about
the book overall but also the discussion of the
author's style and the character development.
I like the fact that the book discussion leader rotates
as does the venue. Even if I am not the book
discussion leader, I always access the Internet for
information about the author and the book, especially author interviews.
Recently, I have been exposed to biographies of
past presidents and have learned so much about
American political history. I especially appreciate
two authors I have been exposed to:
Doris Kearns Goodwin's "No Ordinary Time" about
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during the war years
and more recently "Team of Rivals" also by Goodwin.
I believe one of the things that made the movie
"Lincoln" so extraordinary was Goodwin's contribution.
The other author is Candace Millard, who wrote
"Destiny of the Republic" about President James Garfield.
These books have rekindled in me a love of history.
Rita Gendron, a resident of VOC, expressed these thought and feelings
about her book group.
I absolutely love being in a book club because it has not
only opened my world to many wonderful books,
I truly would not have otherwise read, it has also
enabled me to meet a wonderful group of women
who love getting to see each other and chat once
a month! Members come and go as they may move
into and out of Sedona, so our group 'breathes' by
expanding and contracting a little each year. Discussing
a book opens the discussion to a wide variety of topics
and allows us to get to really know one another, too.
Also, getting someone else's insight into what they
perceive of the book's author and characters can
be truly a life changing experience.
Patricia Lowell, a reference librarian at SPL, belongs to a neighborhood
book club. Here's what Patricia offered about her reading group.
Other than having stimulating discussions about the books,
we learn about each other in greater depth than just
saying "hi". We have become a support group for any and all situations.
Obviously, these avid readers feel passionate about reading and truly
enjoy all that book clubs have to offer: friendship, support,
new ideas, and a passion for reading.
If you are not ready to become a full-fledged member of a book club,
you should consider participating in community book discussions.
These book discussions are held every other month at Sedona Winds.
Books are provided by the library. The community book discussions
are free and open to the public. The book discussions are facilitated
by SPL staff. Ann Meiggs also enjoys attending these book discussions.
Actually, Ann is responsible for organizing all the Arizona Humanities
Council programs at book discussions that take place at Sedona Winds.
Participants appreciate Ann's efforts to provide these rich learning
Pat Heard resides at Sedona Winds and participates in the community
book discussions. Pat commented:
Since attending the SPL-V book discussions, I have
read a number of books that I wouldn't have discovered
on my own. Reading these books has been a rewarding
experience for which I thank the staff members of SPL, who
facilitate these discussions.
You may know Patty Swanson as a former volunteer at SPL-V. An
avid reader, Patty takes advantage of library services by placing holds
on library books and checking out many books at a time. On the
average, Patty probably reads a book a day. She lives at Sedona
Winds and also participates in the community book discussions. Here's
what Patty has to say about the community book discussions:
I tend to read certain kinds of books-rarely wandering
outside my comfortable niche. The book discussions
encourage me to expolore. The books selected for the
book discussions are usually books that I would not
consider reading. I appreciate so much these book
discussions. They enrich my reading experience.
As you can see, book discussions, reading groups, and book clubs enrich
our lives. If you are ready to participate, the next community
book discussion will be Wednesday,February 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona
Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Scott Sanicki, circulation
manager at SPL, will facilitate the discussion of John Steinbeck's
classic novel "The Grapes of Wrath." You may pick up your loaner
copy of the book at SPL-V. The loaner copies are paperbacks with
small print, so if you need large print or the CD book, please call
the library to place a hold. The program is free and open to the
public. All are welcome!
If you missed the eReader workshop in January, the next session is
scheduled for Friday, February 15, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at SPL-V.
This workshop is designed to learn how to download library books to
your eReader. This is not a class, so you don't need to stay
for two hours, and you don't need to register. Come at your
convenience for a one-on-one session with a library volunteer who will
assist you with your eReader. You must be familiar with the basic
operation of your device. You will need your library card and
pin number. Also, please bring all cables and your charger.
If you need assistance with your NOOK, you also need to bring your
laptop to download library books. For more information about this
free eReader workshop, please contact Cheryl Yeatts at 928-284-1603
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Funding for this program provided by the Arizona
State Library, Archives and Public Record, a division of the Secretary
of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered
by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
As part of the ongoing Rotating Artists Program, the stunning photography
of Chuck Schug will be displayed at SPL-V during the month of February.
In March, SPL-V will showcase the fabulous work of the Northern Arizona
Chapter Embroiders' Guild of America.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179,
Suite C-102, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00
to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The
library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, please
return library materials to the book drop box. If you have questions
or need directions to SPL-V, you may contact Cheryl Yeatts, site manager,
at 928.284.1603 or email@example.com.
The 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. Thank you for your continuing support of library services
in the Village of Oak Creek. We look forward to seeing you at
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Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.