By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: November 2014
Never ask a reader to name his/her favorite book unless you have time
to listen to the answer. To write this article, I posed this question to
the staff at Sedona Public Library (SPL) and the volunteers at Sedona Public
Library in the Village (SPL-V).
This was not an easy question for the SPL staff. In many cases, staff
sent me several titles because they could not name one book in particular.
Here are a few books mentioned: “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Angle
of Repose” by Wallace Stegner, “The Grapes of Wrath” by
John Steinbeck, “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “Siddhartha” by
Hermann Hesse, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “The
Gunslinger” by Stephen King, and “Talk Before Sleep” by
The question also challenged volunteers at the Village Library. Volunteers
listed these books as among their favorites: “Franny and Zooey” by
J.D. Salinger, “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino, “The
Human Comedy” by William Saroyan, “Infinite Jest” by David
Foster Wallace, and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey
As for me, my favorite book is the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” by
Harper Lee. I never tire of reading it. I enjoy everything about this book:
the author’s style of writing, the description of the sleepy town
of Macomb, and the messages about life. I especially love the characters.
Who can forget Scout, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley? No matter how many
times I have read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I learn something
new every time I read it. Perhaps it is because I have more life experiences
and understanding to bring to the text. While I am a voracious reader and
have read many books, “To Kill a Mockingbird” remains as my
Stop by the library to browse our shelves. You never know… the
next book you read may move to the top of your list.
Library Events in the Village:
Arizona Humanities Program: Wayne Ranney will present “Sedona
Through Time,” a program about the geology of Sedona, on Wednesday,
November 5. You may attend the program at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement
Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road or 6:00 p.m. at
Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Following the presentation
at Sedona Winds, pick up your loaner copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” to prepare for the community
book discussion in December. These programs, sponsored by the Arizona
Humanities, Friends of the Sedona Public Library, and the Sedona Library
Board, are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome!
Festival of Wreaths: You may purchase Festival of Wreaths tickets at SPL-V.
Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two. You may also deliver your wreath donation
to SPL-V on Friday, November 7 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Rotating Artist Program: Don’t miss the colorful quilts created
and donated by the Red Rock Quilters. The display opens at SPL-V on Tuesday,
November 11 and continues through December. These quilts are for kids who
attend Camp Soaring Eagle, a camping program for children with serious illnesses.
Purchase a raffle ticket to win a quilt of your choice. Proceeds from this
raffle will benefit SPL-V and Camp Soaring Eagle.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite D-100
in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The library
is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, you may return
library materials to the drop box located outside the library. If you need
assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main library during their
hours of operation at 928-282-7714. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603
if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V. Thank you for your continuing
support of free library services in the Village.
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.