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Fiber Arts Workshop with Debra Baker will take place Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Sedona Winds.

Fiber Arts Workshop with Debra Baker will take place Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Sedona Winds.

Like many residents of Arizona, I was not born here. However, the first time I visited Sedona in 1978, I knew that I would live here someday. I had a serious case of "Red Rock Fever." Even though I have lived here for 20 years, I still marvel at the beauty of Sedona and the wonders of Arizona.

Arizona has a rich and colorful past. One of the best ways to learn about our state is to explore the Arizona Collection at Sedona Public Library. Containing more than 1,500 books, this collection covers every period of Arizona history, from the Anasazi era to the present.

In addition, you'll find biographies, fiction, travel and hiking guides, legal handbooks, a variety of works on natural history, and much more, all pertaining to the state, to the region, or to Sedona. Most of the books in this collection are available for checkout.

In addition to this collection, the library in a partnership with the Arizona Humanities, the Friends of the Sedona Library, and the Sedona Library Board, also offers outstanding programs about Arizona.

Here is a preview of two upcoming programs:

• Monday, September 15: "With a Beefsteak and a Cup of Coffee: The Harvey Girls in the Southwest"

Program description: The Fred Harvey Company operated its exceptional chain of restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe Railway from 1876 through the 1960s. Among its many innovations was the employment of "Harvey Girl" waitresses: single women who chose to leave their families and adhere to strict lifestyle restrictions for the opportunity to work at respectable jobs. This visual presentation by Ann-Mary Lutzick explores the creation of the Harvey Girls, their life and work at the Harvey Houses in the Southwest, their influence on the changing roles of women in the American workforce, and the Harvey Girls in popular culture. This program begins at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

• Wednesday, November 5: "Sedona Through Time"

Program description: Speaker Wayne Ranney has been studying the red rocks of Sedona for over 35 years! Join Ranney on a thrilling trip back in time when the red rocks were part of a coastal plain, a Sahara-like desert, and warm, tropical seas. Learn how the area became sculpted into a maze of breathtaking buttes, spires, and mesas. And, be sure to ask plenty of questions. Ranney will present two programs in Sedona. The afternoon program starts at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road. The evening program will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road.

• Library Events in the Village:

Survey for Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V): Please tell us how we are doing. SPL-V is conducting a brief and easy survey about library services in the Village. Contact the library for the link to complete the survey online or pick up a printed copy of the survey at SPL-V. Your opinion matters and your input is important.

Rotating Artist Program: "How I Felt," wearable art created by Debra Baker, continues to be displayed at Sedona Public Library in the Village. Many of the pieces are for sale, and a portion of all sales will be donated to Sedona Public Library in the Village. Don't miss this fun, creative, whimsical artwork.

Fiber Arts Workshop with Debra Baker: If you would like to learn more about fiber arts, attend the fiber arts workshop with Debra on Tuesday, August 12 at Sedona Winds. During this two hour workshop, you will create something to take home. The program will begin at 10 a.m. This two hour hands-on workshop, sponsored by Sedona Public Library, is free and open to the public. Donations welcome!

Community Book Discussion: Join the community book discussion of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald on Wednesday, August 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds. Pick up your loaner copy of the book 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 Saturday from 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 library drop box located outside the library. If you need assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main library during their hours of operation at 928.282.7714.

Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603 if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V. Thank you for your continuing support of free library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

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