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Online databases a key service of Sedona Library

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It was a pleasure to be the guest speaker at the Village Computer Club meeting in April. Many interesting questions were asked about the Library's website and the databases.

Sedona Public Library offers a variety of databases and online resources to address your daily questions about automotive maintenance and repair, consumer products, current events, health, science, and more.  Databases are a helpful resource for factual, reliable and current information. 

All you need to access our online resources is your Sedona Public Library card number.  Go to the Library's website at www.sedonalibrary.org, click on "Find Articles & More" and select "Databases A to Z."  Select the "Outside Sedona Public Library" link and enter your library card number to access the database you want to explore.   Don't have a library card yet?  Click on the comprehensive listing called Arizona Statewide Databases and you only need to put in your zipcode.

Some of the most popular databases are:

• Consumer Reports: We provide a direct link to Consumer Reports, the finest source of information and advice on consumer products.  It's a publication of Consumers Union -- an independent nonprofit organization committed to bringing up-to-date, reliable and unbiased information to the public.

• MasterFile Premier:   Of all our online resources, this one is the most analogous to Google with respect to the simplicity of its interface, immediate accessibility and multi-disciplinary, wide-ranging subject matter, but with a major difference.  MasterFile Premier carries full-text articles from 1,750 periodicals whose authors have had their works evaluated for accuracy and reliability, whereas general information found on the web does not always have a reliable source.

• AARC Auto Repair Reference Center:  This database is ideal for those interested in diagnosing problems with their cars.  It's a collection of Chilton Repair Manuals in e-book format that incorporates vivid illustrations with a rich, multi-media experience.

• Mango:  This is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for twelve different languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, and others.

Mark your calendar for the June Book Sale to benefit SPL in the Village. It will be held in the Training Room at the Village Fire Station (corner of Slide Rock Road and W. Cortez, next to the U.S. Post Office). 

The sale hours are June 4, June 5, and June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Preview Night is Thursday, June 3 from 5-8 p.m.  This is open to Friends of the Library members, invited guests, and volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to help set up on the days preceding the sale, and on June 7 to take down and box up whatever is left.   The January Book Sale in the Village was very successful, with almost $2,500 raised.  Thanks to all volunteers for their hard work and to the Sedona Fire Department and the fire fighters at the West Cortez station for the use of their wonderful facilities.

Plan to attend a Community Book Discussion of "The Tie That Binds" by Kent Haruf at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road, on Wednesday, May 26 at 1:30 pm.  This program is sponsored by The Arizona Humanities Council (AHC).   

Books will be available at SPL in the Village, 56 West Cortez Drive during regular hours Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 and Saturday 9 to 1.  You can also place a hold on a copy for pick up at the main library in West Sedona. 

The next program in the AHC speaker series will be Wednesday, June 9 at 1:30.  Robin Pinto's topic is "Arizona's Civilian Conservation Corps and Our National Parks. 

If you have questions about AHC programs please call Ann Meiggs, 284-9100.  These programs are being brought to the Village of Oak Creek through a partnership with the AHC, SPL's Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library, with the venue provided by Sedona Winds.

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