Fri, May 24

New e-reader service available at library

Vickie LaFrance (pictured right) shows Sandra Leaverton how to download free library books to her e-reader.  The Library recently offered an e-reader workshop for residents of Sedona Winds.

Vickie LaFrance (pictured right) shows Sandra Leaverton how to download free library books to her e-reader. The Library recently offered an e-reader workshop for residents of Sedona Winds.

Whether you want to try an e-reader for the first time or can’t wait to borrow a popular title, Sedona Public Library’s NOOK lending program fits the bill.

Sedona Public Library and Sedona Public Library in the Village have a limited number of pre-loaded NOOKs available for patrons to check out.

These e-reader devices were purchased from Barnes and Noble with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Patrons 18 and older with a library card from the Yavapai Library Network may borrow a pre-loaded NOOK Simple Touch for up to three weeks.

NOOKs may not be placed on hold or renewed. As with other library items, there is no charge to borrow a NOOK, but the borrower’s account will be charged for late, damaged, or lost NOOKs.

Sedona Public Library decided to circulate e-reader devices for several reasons. First, the Library wanted to give patrons the chance to try an e-reader and to become familiar with the device. The NOOK Simple Touch is small enough to hold in your hand and to slip into a bag or a purse.

The device weighs 7.48 ounces, making it lighter than a paperback book. It has a long battery life and is simple to charge. The no-glare touchscreen display is easy to read and navigate.

With a few taps on the screen, the reader can change the font and text size.

Next, the Library wanted to give patrons electronic access to popular books. The NOOKs come pre-loaded with a variety of titles that include new and popular bestsellers such as “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly, “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber, and “Hard Country” by Michael McGarrity, just to name a few.

For Spanish speakers, we are offering a pre-loaded NOOK with books in Spanish. During the three-week circulation period, borrowers may read any or all of the twenty-two books in the NOOK library.

Patrons may NOT download books to these devices.

Sedona Public Library will be the first library in the Yavapai Library Network to circulate e-readers.

Since the Library is constantly seeking ways to meet the ever-changing demands of technology and to better serve our library patrons, we are interested in getting feedback.

Borrowers will be asked to complete a short survey about their e-reading experiences. This information will be compiled and assessed to determine the popularity and success of our e-reader pilot project.

When you are ready to borrow a NOOK from Sedona Public Library in the Village, stop by Cheryl’s desk with your library card.

Allow 5 to 10 minutes to complete the NOOK loan agreement and for Cheryl to show you how to use the device. The Library invites you to be among the first to check out a NOOK Simple Touch.

Upcoming Library Events in the Village of Oak Creek

As part of the ongoing Sedona Public Library in the Village Rotating Artist Series, Eric Gofreed will display his bird, bug, and macro-photography at the Village location beginning Tuesday, May 14. Gofreed calls his exhibit “Bugs and Birds I Love."

A reception for the artist will be held at SPL-V at Tequa Plaza on Wednesday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. Postcards of Gofreed’s favorite photos will be available at the reception, and some of his artwork will be available for purchase.

A portion of all sales will be donated to Sedona Public Library in the Village.

The Arizona Humanities Council program will be Wednesday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. Join guest lecturer Wayne Ranney as he retraces the steps of Martha Summerhayes in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s. Summerhayes wrote about her experiences in her book “Vanished Arizona."

For background information, you may consider checking out Summerhayes’ book from the Library. This program sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, the Sedona Library Board, and Friends of Sedona Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Following the presentation, books for the community book discussion in June will be available.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102. The Library is located in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza.

Library hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 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

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.