Tue, Feb. 18

Every day a lucky day at library

Dennis and Isabel Eilertson display the quilt chosen by quilt winner Elaine Lockwood.

Dennis and Isabel Eilertson display the quilt chosen by quilt winner Elaine Lockwood.

The month of March conjures up images of good luck: four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, rainbows, and lucky charms. As I was thinking about this article, I considered why people feel lucky when they visit the library. Here are just a few reasons to appreciate your library.

You know it's your lucky day at Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V) when:

You finally remember your pin number for your library account and it works!

You learn that with one click on the computer, you can change your library account preferences to record your check-out history.

You place a hold one day and it arrives the next day.

You can successfully download a free e-book from the library to your Kindle or iPad.

You can enjoy a beautiful day sitting in the courtyard reading a book or accessing free WiFi.

You take time to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful artwork by local artists displayed at the library.

You witness a sixth-grade student thanking a Marine veteran for his service to our country.

You see a toddler hugging a Dr. Seuss pillow and hear the laughter of mother and child, as the mother reads a book to her daughter.

You meet a camper from Camp Soaring Eagle (CSE), and he is wearing his superhero shirt.

You purchase the winning ticket for the quilt raffle for CSE and SPL-V.

In case you haven't heard, the lucky winner of the quilt raffle was Elaine Lockwood of Bellflower, California. In December, Elaine was in Sedona visiting Dennis and Isabel Eilertson, and they took her to the library. After walking around the library admiring all the beautiful quilts, she learned that there was going to be a quilt raffle. She purchased some tickets knowing that the proceeds would benefit two good causes: CSE and SPL-V.

When Elaine was notified that she had won the quilt raffle, she commented, "I love color and vibrant use of color, so that is why I picked quilt number 4. It is also very characteristic of the way older quilts look and are made. All of the quilts were very beautiful and I can appreciate how much time and effort went into making them."

Thanks to the Red Rock Quilters for donating the lovely quilts. Elaine will keep the quilt of her choice, and the remaining quilts will be donated to campers who attend Camp Soaring Eagle. The library would also like to thank Austin Strean , a camper from Camp Soaring Eagle, who pulled Elaine's winning ticket. On hand for the drawing were Cassie Strean, Austin's mother, and Maria Elena and Juan Morales. Maria Elena is Operation Assistant for CSE and Juan is the Executive Director of Camp Operations for CSE. The library appreciated displaying the quilts, and the campers at Camp Soaring Eagle will treasure them. Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to support CSE and SPL-V.

Most library users agree that every day at the library is a lucky day, and we are fortunate to have free library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

Library Events

in the Village:

Book Share: Attend the book share at Sedona Winds on Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. This library program is free and open to the public. If you love books and reading, you will enjoy this informal gathering to share what you are currently reading and to get ideas for what to read next.

Rotating Artist Program: "Illustrating Literature-Charcoal Drawings on Book Pages," created by artist Stephanie Peters, will be featured at SPL-V beginning Tuesday, March 17. A reception for the artist will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at SPL-V. What perfect artwork to display in a library setting!

Arizona Humanities Program: Join Todd Weber for his presentation "The History of the River Runners of the Grand Canyon." There will be two programs in Sedona on Monday, March 23: 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road and 6:00 p.m. at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Through this visually rich presentation, Weber carries his listeners along a historical timeline. Beginning with a Hopi legend, he takes his audience through the years of human history in the Grand Canyon. The programs, funded by Arizona Humanities, Friends of the Library, and Sedona Public Library, are free and open to the public.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite D-100 in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the 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 or if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V. Thank you for your continuing support of free library services in the Village.

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