Village News

By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: August 2013

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

When I recently told a colleague that I was going to Library Camp for a week, he chuckled and asked, “What do you do there? Do you have to memorize the Dewey Decimal System?”

What I fondly refer to as Library Camp is not actually camp, but Summer Library Institute held for five days at Northern Arizona University. This Institute, sponsored by the Library Development of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, provides professional development for public library staff.

The week was intense. Twenty-five librarians from rural libraries across the state attended workshops and presentations that focused on “Libraries Impacting Communities.” While I did not have to memorize the Dewey Decimal System, I learned about presentation skills, community-focused planning, writing grant proposals, essential records, and top tech trends. My favorite part of the Institute was networking with other librarians. These individuals have proven to be great resources for library development.

This summer I also attended the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) from June 27-July 2 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference theme was “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.” ALA’s international conference attracted over 20,000 librarians from around the world. The highlight of the conference was hearing renowned guest speakers: Steven D. Levitt, Khaled Hosseini, Temple Grandin, Ann Patchett, Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick and Alice Walker. During their presentations, all of these authors discussed the importance of libraries impacting their lives. During the Conference, I also went to break out sessions and round table discussions. While the Conference was a bit overwhelming, I returned home inspired with great ideas and knowledge to share.

I always appreciate opportunities for professional growth. Funds to attend Summer Library Institute and the ALA Conference were granted by Library Development of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Secretary of State. I am fortunate to work at Sedona Public Library, where professional growth not only is supported but encouraged.

These opportunities for professional growth have provided me with training on a variety of topics related to the library. I believe that I have also increased my job skills and knowledge. After spending lots of time with librarians, I came away from Summer Library Institute and the ALA Conference with the realization that librarians love being librarians. They love libraries, and they love their jobs

Upcoming library events in the Village of Oak Creek:

  • Rotating Artist Program-Larry Kane’s photography exhibit “Portraits and Scenery from Around the World” will be displayed at Sedona Public Library in the Village during the month of August.
  • Community Book Discussion-Wednesday, August 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon. Participants will discuss “Grand Ambition: A Novel” by Lisa Michaels. For more information about the book or to borrow a copy, stop by SPL-V. This program is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. Registration is not necessary.

As Henry Ford once said, you are never too old to learn. If you want to learn something new, stop by the Library to check out resources and free library services. If you need assistance with your e-reader or tablet, please call 928.284.1603 or 928.282.7714 to schedule an appointment.

Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102. The Library is located in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. 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. You may also call the main Library at 928.282.7714 if you need assistance when SPL-V is closed. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928.284.1603 or if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V.

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 free library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

Cheryl Yeatts
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.