Village News

By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: July 2015

One of my most memorable Fourth of July celebrations was a few years ago when I attended a family reunion. This Independence Day was special because I had the opportunity to reconnect with family that I had not seen in 45 years. Since the reunion was in Virginia, I was lavished with Southern hospitality.

How are you going to celebrate the Fourth of July? Whether you are organizing a family reunion, a neighborhood get-together, or a quiet dinner at home, here are a few suggested titles from Sedona Public Library and the Yavapai Library Network to assist you with your planning.

In her book “Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life,” Paula shares with fans old and new how she celebrates a year’s worth of holidays and special occasions. The Fourth of July is the perfect occasion for an outdoor grill party and low-country boil. If you want a quiet evening at home, turn on the TV to watch the fireworks celebration in Washington, D.C., and chow down on your choice of Paula’s savory and sweet pizzas.

You may also want to check out “Vegan Holiday Kitchen : More Than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions Throughout the Year,” by Nava Atlas. The publisher’s review states, “This exciting, inviting cookbook by veteran author Nava Atlas, one of the most respected names in vegetarian and vegan cooking, addresses everything from Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, to celebratory brunches, lunches, dinners, potlucks, and buffets.”

“Kids Celebrate!: Activities for Special Days Throughout the Year,” by Maria Bonfanti Esche, lists 100 days to remember with 200 activities for children and grown-ups. The significance of each special day is explained in this educational tribute to the holidays, history, and accomplishments of many cultures and many people.

Whatever your plans to celebrate Independence Day, be safe and enjoy this special holiday. Take a quiet moment to remember the sacrifices of our veterans.

Library Events in the Village:

  • Rotating Artist Program : An exhibit of Landscape Photography by Jack Jackson opens at SPL-V on Tuesday, July 21, at 1:00 p.m. A reception for the artist will be Wednesday, July 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Some of the artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Sedona Public Library in the Village.
  • Arizona Humanities Program : Join Barbara Marriott as she presents “Two Six Shooters Beat Four Aces: The Lives of Men on the Arizona Frontier” on Wednesday, July 15, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Funded by Arizona Humanities and the Friends of the Sedona Library, this program is free and open to the public.
  • Community Book Discussion : Participate in the book share on Wednesday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Discuss what you are currently reading and get ideas for what to read next.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located 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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603 or if you have questions or need directions. Additional information can also be found on Sedona Public Library’s website at Thank you for your support.

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.