Tue, Jan. 21

Use library to plan your next vacation

Cheryl displays book bag and water bottle at Machu Picchu.

Cheryl displays book bag and water bottle at Machu Picchu.

If you are planning a vacation, a great variety of resources available at Sedona Public Library (SPL) can enhance your travel. I recently traveled to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A few months before my departure, I checked out travel guides, books and DVD’s to learn more about Peru, Hiram Bingham’s so-called “discovery” of Machu Picchu, and the civilization of the Incas.

I highly recommend “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at Time” by Mark Adams. I also found “Fodor’s 1001 Smart Travel Tips” to be most helpful when packing and preparing for the journey.

While waiting in airports, I was able to access current magazines on my iPad using Zinio, a new database available at the Yavapai Library Network. Zinio is the world’s largest collection of digital magazines.

With Zinio you can download full digital copies of your favorite magazines to your computer or mobile device. There is no charge to use Zinio. All you need is your library card and pin number to register for your Zinio account.

During the seven-hour plane ride from Dallas to Lima, I read an e-book that I borrowed from SPL. When I finished the book in Lima, I was able to access the library’s website to return the e-book and borrow another e-book for the long plane ride home.

Now that I have returned from Peru, I am more determined than ever to learn how to speak Spanish. I plan to use the library database called Mango Languages.

If you are not familiar with Mango Languages, it is an online language-learning system teaching conversation skills for over 30 languages including English. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Once again, this is a free database available at SPL.

All you need is your library card and pin number to access Mango Languages.

Machu Picchu is more than a place; it is an experience of a lifetime. Now, I am reliving the trip through pictures and memories. I will also borrow library materials to further my knowledge about the history and culture of Peru, as well as Machu Picchu and the civilization of the Incas.

The next time you travel, I hope you take advantage of the valuable resources the Library offers.

News from Sedona Public Library in the Village:

• As part of the ongoing Rotating Artists Program at SPL-V, Eric Gofreed’s exhibit of “Bugs & Birds I Love”, close-up photography, will be displayed until July 13.

• During June and July, students from Big Park School may access Renaissance Learning to take Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes at SPL-V. Students must know their AR user name and password.

• Mark your calendar for the community book discussion at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

Karen Mack, Youth Services Librarian at SPL, will facilitate the discussion of “Brave Cowboy” by Edward Abbey.

The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. Books are available at SPL-V. You may also download the book to your e-reader.

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, 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.

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