Sat, Feb. 22

NoveList database a great new tool for library users

Library patron Estel Menor returns library books to the book drop boxes at Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Library patron Estel Menor returns library books to the book drop boxes at Sedona Public Library in the Village.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on “The Eleventh Hour," the 11th book in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

I went to the Sedona Public Library website where I placed the book on hold. Then one day I received an email notice that my hold had arrived and was available for pick up.

It seems like I waited forever, but it was only a few weeks. I started the book as soon as I got home from work and finished it the next day. While I loved the book and couldn’t put it down, imagine my dismay when I finished reading it in two days.

I searched the author’s website for information about book #12 in the series.

When I found no mention of a release date for book #12 and not even a title, I decided to search for James Patterson author read-alikes and title read-alikes on a database called NoveList.

The NoveList database promises to “empower librarians and engage readers.” That it does. When I typed in “The Eleventh Hour," I was pleased to discover nine title read-alikes, nine author read-alikes, and nine series read-alikes.

With printed list in hand, I immediately accessed the link to and placed holds on several titles and new authors. Even though the wait for book #12 in the Women’s Murder Club series seems interminable, I have discovered new authors and titles using NoveList.

Stop by the library to learn more about NoveList and other informative databases on the SPL website.

These databases are provided by the Arizona State Library and can be accessed at using your library card and pin number. If you are not comfortable using a computer, go to the reference desk at Sedona Public Library and request the “Read-a-Likes” bookmarks.

Visit Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) to view the spectacular landscape photography by Jeff Colburn.

The current exhibit entitled “The Wonder of Arizona” will be displayed at SPL-V until Friday, Sept. 7. A portion of all sales will be donated to Sedona Public Library in the Village.

If you would like to join a community book discussion, mark your calendar for Monday, Aug. 27. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

Join Elizabeth Cate, Collections Development Specialist at Sedona Public Library, as she leads the discussion based on the book “Where Angels Fear to Tread” by E.M. Forster.

To pique your interest, here is a brief plot summary from the library catalog:

A wonderful story of questioning, disillusionment, and conversion, “Where Angels Fear to Tread” tells the story of a prim English family’s encounter with the foreign land of Italy. When attractive, impulsive English widow Lilia marries Gino, a dashing and highly unsuitable Italian twelve years her junior, her snobbish former in-laws make no attempts to hide their disapproval. But their expedition to face the uncouth foreigner takes an unexpected turn when they return to Italy under tragic circumstances intending to rescue Lilia and Gino’s baby.

You may pick up your loaner copy of “Where Angels Fear to Tread” at SPL-V.

Books for this book discussion were donated by the Arizona Humanities Council. This program, which is sponsored by Sedona Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Thank you for supporting the Village Book Sale with your overwhelming donations.

Due to limited space at SPL-V, we are not accepting book sale donations at this time. Your donations are important to the library. We request that you take your donations to Sedona Public Library.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located 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 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 book drop boxes located in the parking lot facing Highway 179.

If you have questions or need directions, please contact Cheryl Yeatts, SPL-V manager, at 928.284.1603 or at

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