Fri, Feb. 28

Finding the perfect book for you

Dotte Vande Linde, left, and Florence Shreve preview a book for the next book club meeting. 

Dotte Vande Linde, left, and Florence Shreve preview a book for the next book club meeting. 

"So many books, so little time." ~ Frank Zappa

You have no doubt heard this quote before. It is true, especially when you work or volunteer at the library.

Most of the time, I have more than enough books to read; however, I always enjoy learning about new books and authors.

People often ask me and library volunteers to recommend titles. There are many ways to learn about books and authors and to make good choices.

First, I ask my friends what they are currently reading. We usually agree on our book selections. Many library patrons participate in book clubs, so I inquire what they are reading for book club.

There are many online resources for book recommendations. One of my favorites is NoveList Plus, a reading recommendation database. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for all ages.

You may also search for books in a series, particular plot lines or types of characters. The database also includes a section with book discussion guides, feature articles and lists of award-winning books.

Another popular resource is "Book Page." Published since 1988, "Book Page" is a 32-page, monthly book review distributed through more than 4,000 public libraries and bookstores nationwide.

This monthly book review publication contains interviews, reviews and special features. You will enjoying reading "Book Page" from cover to cover and find many titles to place on your library hold list.

Pick up your free print copy at the library or access online at

If you have questions about these resources, please call Sedona Public Library in the Village at 928-284-1603 for assistance. Discover your next great book. Ask a librarian!

Library Events in the Village:

Arizona Humanities Council Program: Dr. Laura Toe will present "Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: The Navajo Code Talkers."

The speaker is a professor at ASU and the daughter of a Navajo Code Talker. There will be two programs in the Village of Oak Creek on Wednesday, May 7, 1:30 p.m., at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road and 6 p.m. at the VOCA Community Center (Oakcreek Country Club), 690 Bell Rock Blvd.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Rotating Artists Program: "Natural Wonders of the Southwest", the photography of Bill and Elaine Belvin, will be featured at the library beginning Tuesday, May 20. A reception for the artists will be Wednesday, May 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102, 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 need assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main library 928-282-7714. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603 if you have questions or need directions to Sedona Public Library in the Village. Thank you for your continuing support of library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

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