Highlights from American Library Conference

Cheryl Yeatts pictured with a Transformer at ALA Conference:Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.

Cheryl Yeatts pictured with a Transformer at ALA Conference:Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.

In late June, I had the privilege of attending the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, "ALA" for short, in Las Vegas.

This international conference attracted librarians from all over the world. More than 18,000 attendees braved the Nevada heat to discuss how libraries are transforming to meet and anticipate their communities' needs.

A conference of this size can be overwhelming. However, after attending ALA in Chicago last year, I developed a plan for Las Vegas. While I enjoyed navigating the maze of the exhibit hall, talking with vendors and participating in informative sessions, I was most inspired by the auditorium speaker series.

I appreciated what Jane Fonda had to say about her advocacy work for young people. I was moved by the words of Azar Nafisi, the author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," as she discussed the process of becoming an American citizen and her upcoming work entitled "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books."

Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, proved to be very entertaining as he shared humorous anecdotes about his life and travels.

One of the highlights of the conference was hearing how actor Jeff Bridges worked with author Lois Lowry to bring "The Giver" to life on the big screen.

After I returned from ALA, I wanted to share my conference experiences with anyone who would listen, including my very patient husband, staff at Sedona Public Library, library volunteers, and library patrons. A conversation with a library patron led to a discussion about our favorite books and authors.

She recommended a wonderful book called "The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate Books that Matter Most to Them," a collection of essays by a variety of notable contributors who each share the story of a life-altering book.

Everyone has a story to tell. Are you an aspiring author? If you are interested in improving your writing skills and submitting your book for publication, attend the writing workshop with author Kristen Kauffman on Friday, Sept. 19.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

The program, sponsored by the Arizona State Library and Sedona Public Library in the Village, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please contact Cheryl Yeatts at 928-284-1603 or voc@sedonalibrary.org to reserve your space.

Library Events in the Village:

Arizona Humanities Program: Ann-Mary Lutzick will present "With a Beefsteak and a Cup of Coffee: The Harvey Girls of the Southwest" on Monday, September 15, at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. This program is free and open to the public.

Rotating Artist Program: "Looking Off into Space: 32 Views of the Cosmos," a collection of photos by astrophotographer Mike Cadwell, will be displayed at Sedona Public Library in the Village beginning Tuesday, September 16.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102 in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the library 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.

Sedona Public Library has moved to a new location in Tequa.  The Village library is now located in Suite D-100.  The hours and the phone number remain the same.  For more information please contact the library at 928.284.1603 or voc@sedonalibrary.org.​

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