Wed, June 26

Competition always fierce when hot new best-seller arrives

Mary Clement, library volunteer left, assists Eileen Mohr with placing library holds for pick up at SPL-V. 

Mary Clement, library volunteer left, assists Eileen Mohr with placing library holds for pick up at SPL-V. 

I'm a creature of habit. Every Sunday I browse the arts and entertainment section of the Arizona Republic. I especially enjoy perusing the list of best-sellers, book signings, and new books. On Sunday, Sept. 8, I hit the jackpot when I found the article "Cool Books to Check Out for the Fall." In this article, I discovered that John Grisham has finally written a sequel to "A Time to Kill."

The sequel, "Sycamore Row," will be on sale Oct. 22.

Using my library card number and four digit pin number, I logged into my online library account at to successfully place a hold on this new title. Even though I am currently number 80 in the queue, I know that as more libraries purchase the book, I will move up quickly. I also know that the sequel will be worth the wait.

Searching the online catalog can be overwhelming. After receiving notification that your long- awaited hold has arrived, have you ever rushed to the Library only to find that you ordered a CD-book instead of a regular book or learned that you sent your hold to Wilhoit for pick up instead of VOC? I'd like to share a few tips that will assist you with placing your holds. First, whenever possible use the advanced search option to enter as much information as you know about the book, such as author and title.

With the advanced search option, you can also request the title in a specific format such as book, CD book, large print book, DVD or Blu-ray disc.

Additionally, your hold list is limited to 25 items in the Yavapai Library Network. Again, be aware of the format you are ordering; this information is indicated in brackets following the title. Also, you must select the correct pick-up location. Once your hold arrives, you will receive notification. Your hold must be picked up within 10 days. You do not have to pay a service fee if you do not pick up your hold, but the item will be returned to the owning library the day the hold expires. Be patient. If the book is popular, it may take a while to fill your hold. Library staff cannot guarantee that you will receive the book in time for your next book club meeting. You can always check the status of your holds by accessing your account online or calling the Library.

If you need assistance placing your holds, we're happy to help! Please call Sedona Public Library at 928.282.7714 and ask for the Reference Desk or contact SPL-V at 928.284.1603.

Library events in the Village:

• Rotating Artists Program at SPL-V: The display of unique spirit wood carvings by Husain Abdul-Alim continues through October.

• Community book discussion at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road: On Monday, October 28, Elizabeth Cate of Sedona Public Library will lead the discussion of "A Reliable Wife" by Robert Goolrick. Pick up your loaner copy at SPL-V. The book is also available in the following formats: CD book, large print book, and e-book. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m.

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. T

he Library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the Library is closed, please return library materials to the book drop box. You may also call the main Library at 928-282-7714 if you need assistance when SPL-V is closed. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928.284.1603 or if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V.

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.