By Judy Poe, Assistant Director
Sedona AZ (April 10, 2020) – Just because you’re sheltering in place, doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a wealth of library services – you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Sedona Public Library provides a host of digital offerings, from downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and popular magazines, to streaming movies, children’s books, The Great Courses, and more.
What? No library card? No problem! If you live in Sedona or the Village of Oak Creek, visit the library’s website (sedonalibrary.org), choose “How Do I…?” from the top menu, and choose “Get a Library Card” in the drop down menu. Review the Yavapai Library Network User Agreement and click the orange “I Accept” button. Then fill out the form.
We’ll get back to you with your new library card number and PIN. Your card will give you access to all of our online resources for six months. You’ll need to come in to the Library once we reopen, to update your account and pick up your library card if you want to check out books, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks on CD, and more.
Your library card puts a world of opportunities at your fingertips. Interested in streaming movies to your phone, computer, or television? Visit Kanopy.com and sign-up for an account! Click on “Get Started,” then “Find Your Public Library.” Follow the simple instructions to create your Kanopy account using your email address or Facebook/Google login. Once completed, you’ll need to check your email for a confirmation. If you don’t see it, be sure to check your spam folder! Follow the instructions in the email and you’ll be ready to go.
Kanopy gives you access to over 30,000 critically acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, Criterion Collection, Great Courses, and more. There’s also Kanopy Kids, a collection of enriching, educational and entertaining films and TV series for kids. Adults have four play credits per month (plus there’s a selection of credit-free movies, this month only) and kids have unlimited access to Kanopy Kids.
Interested in ebooks or downloadable audiobooks? Visit sedonalibrary.org, scroll down to Quick Links and click on OVERDRIVE. Download the free Libby by OverDrive app from either Google Play or the App Store on your phone, tablet, or Kindle. Set up your account by selecting Sedona Public Library (Yavapai Library Network) and adding your library card and PIN. You’ll be able to check out and place holds on tens of thousands of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks to listen to or read, whenever, wherever, you choose. And here’s a tip—click on “What’s Available?” and you’ll find the books that are available now with no need to place a hold. You never know what you’ll find!
What about magazines, you ask? RBdigital has you covered! You’ll need to visit yavapaiaz.rbdigital.com on your computer, tablet, or phone to register. Then download the RBdigital app and sign in with your account information. RBdigital has over 130 popular magazines, more ebooks, and downloadable audiobooks, all available for checkout. Plus, you can subscribe to your favorite magazines and have them delivered to your device instead of your mailbox. Free! Go ahead, give it a try!
For the kids, there’s TumbleBooks. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. It also includes beginner chapter books, quizzes, and entertaining book-related activities. TumbleBooks and TumbleMath also have hundreds of lesson plans available. Whether you’re a teacher trying to work out a lesson to use for distance learning, or a parent trying to homeschool, try it out! Visit sedonalibrary.org, scroll down to Quick Links and choose TumbleBooks, and then click TumbleBooks or TumbleMath. It’s that easy!
If you have trouble accessing any of these services, please email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out the form on our webpage at sedonalibrary.org/contact, or leave a message at 928-282-7714 ext. 114 and we will get back to you with answers.
So what are you waiting for? There’s a whole world of free, digital materials just waiting for you at your online Sedona Public Library. Visit sedonalibrary.com for updates on closures, links to other free, fun opportunities (tour a museum, visit a zoo, take a cooking class, or learn a new language), and access our online tools and databases (Ancestry.com, Universal Class, Mango Languages, Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants database, and more). Whether open or closed, we’re always here for you.
Sedona Public Library is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Please support your library for Library Giving Day. From now through April 23 your gifts will be matched with the generous support of local donors. The match has reached $30,000! Visit sedonalibrary.org/donate or send your donation to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona AZ 86336. Thank you!