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 Elizabeth Berg.
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 Niffenegger.
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 all-time favorite.
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, Nov. 5. You may attend the program at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road or 6 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, Nov. 7 between 1 and 4 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, Nov. 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 and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you need assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main library during their hours of operation at 928-282-7714.