By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: December 2014
As the holiday season approaches, I am reminded of wonderful times
spent with my family. One of the best Christmas gifts that I received
from my grandfather was “The Mystery of the Old Clock,” written
by Carolyn Keene and first published in 1930. I so wanted to be
like Nancy Drew, the clever protagonist who always solved the mystery.
Growing up, I read my way through all the Nancy Drew mysteries.
My grandfather instilled the love of reading in my father. One
of the fondest memories that I have from my childhood is going
to the local library with my dad. He took me to the library before
I could even read, and we spent time together selecting picture
books that I pretended I could read.
I have pleasant childhood memories of Lane Public Library. My best
friend and I often reminisce about our library adventures. When
we were in sixth grade, we would spend an entire Saturday at the
library researching and writing reports for our favorite teacher.
I am sure the librarian had to tell us to be quiet when we got
the giggles, but the library was always a warm and friendly place.
What makes libraries so special? Library volunteers obviously enjoy
the library atmosphere, so I asked them to tell me about their
childhood memories of the visiting the library. It is interesting
to note that these early childhood experiences at the library may
have influenced their career choices.
Dennis Young was an engineer before he retired and started volunteering
at the library. Dennis recalls,
“The first time I can remember
going to the library was about third grade. The library was
a small, two-room wooden frame building that served our little town of
about 5,000 people. I was just there as a tag-along with my dad, who
was a great reader, but as he was browsing, I wandered to a
shelf of science fiction for young readers and was immediately hooked.
The cover art and the titles, which promised rockets, space,
and Mars, were just too much to resist. I took home two or three books,
and even though some of the words and ideas were too big for
me, I read them through more than once before they were due back. My
passion for science fiction eventually burned out, but not
my passion for reading.”
Today, Dennis shares his passion for reading by volunteering at
the library and serving as a literacy tutor at Big Park School.
He is currently tutoring a second-grade student.
At a very early age, Bruce Vegter, another library volunteer, visited
the library with his mother. From his description of his home-town
library, it comes as no surprise that he pursued a degree in architecture.
Here’s what Bruce remembers about his library:
“My early memory of our home-town library was the stately
architecture of the building and the park it was located in.
It was a very large Colonial home built for a very successful resident
of the community. It was donated by the family to the library
board to be converted from a private residence into the library. In the
home/library, there was a stately grand staircase, and the
rooms were paneled in rich woods. It was something very special to go
to the library with my mother. We had to take the local bus,
as my mother didn't drive.”
Libraries can have an important impact in children’s lives.
I always enjoy watching parents and caregivers interact with
their children when they visit the library. Obviously, they know
and understand the importance of raising readers. My father was
a voracious reader, as was his father. He instilled in me the
love of reading and books and for that, I am forever grateful.
Library events in the Village:
Rotating Artist Program: A display of colorful quilts donated
by the Red Rock Quilters continues through December at SPL-V.
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.
Speaker Program: Author Brad
Dimock will present “The Very
Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River.” There will be two programs
on Wednesday, December 10: 1:30 p.m. at the VOCA Community Center
(Oakcreek Country Club), 690 Bell Rock Blvd., and 6:00 p.m. at
Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Both programs, funded
by generous support from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation,
are free and open to the public.
Community Book Discussion: Participate
in the community book discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year
of Food Life” on Wednesday, December 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona
Winds. The program is free and open to the public. Monica Lane,
librarian at the Flagstaff-Coconino County Public Library, will
facilitate the discussion. Pick up your loaner copy of the book
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.