Perhaps the best known events associated with Bookmarks are its sponsored book sales held several times a year. The organization's goal, however, exceeds the sale of books. Offering a sense of community to Verde Valley residents through events and programs is what truly inspires the group.

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Volunteers are always heartened to observe patron interaction during their time at the library. From spontaneous book discussions to a chance encounter with an old friend, the library goes far beyond being a place to check out books. Opportunities such as summer reading programs and the offering of a conversational Spanish class help bring together divergent members of the Verde Valley community. Additionally, new programs are being developed with the goal of increasing our outreach to local residents.

We hope you will bookmark this website so that you may be informed of future upcoming events sponsored by Bookmarks.


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Libraries Rock

Another successful Summer Reading Program ended on July 27.  Libraries Rock was the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program, an activity sponsored by Bookmarks through funds raised at the annual Comic Expo event. The theme was meant to highlight music and the science of sound. Bookshelf Bingo, the adult component of the reading program, encouraged participants to go beyond their 'comfort zone' in choosing different reading genres. It gave readers the opportunity to broaden their knowledge while participating in a fun activity.


What Bookmarks Supports!

Funds raised through membership fees and book purchases are instrumental in supporting a variety of library activities. Here is a sampling of what Bookmarks presently supports.

Every Wednesday from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. a conversational Spanish class is held at the library in the Dede Ewald Room. Individuals with all levels of fluency are welcome to attend, including ESL students. 

On the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:00, Claudia Tulip offers her Music Together program. Children ages 0 - 5 and their parents can participate in this program. Drums, especially, are used to emphasize rhythm, with singing and dancing completing the program. 

Children of all ages can join Jan Marc, ‘The Janimal,’ on the first Saturday of every month for Cartooning for Kids. He teaches basic shapes to create mostly cartoon characters. The classes are held between 11:00 - 1:00 (drop in any time). 

What are STEAM kits? STEAM is an acronym which refers to the following subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Studies have shown that hands-on experience is extremely helpful in children’s learning. These kits allow children to use their creativity skills while learning important concepts. The Cottonwood Library has a collection of STEAM kits available for use in the Youth Services area.