Von's View - Random Book Reviews


It's a warm Saturday morning and you are just starting to mow your lawn, when two men come up the driveway and call out to you. You go to greet them and it turns out they are policemen arresting you for murder. You know you are innocent and this is a mistake that will be easily corrected. The night of the murder you were at work in a locked, guarded warehouse. Many witnesses....read more 

Writing Groups

At Camp Verde Community Library

Tuesday, June 12th - Open Book Book Club 10a-noon will be a Group Read!!! Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

The novel begins with the crash of a private plane carrying some very influential. The only survivors are the young son of a media mogul and an obscure painter who, given his less than elevated status, seems like a wild card from the start. What happened on that flight? With each chapter Hawley peels back another layer of the lives of those onboard that fatal flight.

There’s still time to read it. Alice has copies.

Plus we’ll discuss the movie, Book Club. It’s still at Harkins if you haven’t seen it. I attended on Wednesday and the theatre was filled with laughing women.

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey," catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.


Tuesday, June 19th – Writing for Fun & More 10a-noon–Bring a sample of your writing to share. Meet other writers the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.


2nd Monday 10a - 1p Verde Writer's Critique Circle –a writer’s support group consisting of experienced and newbie authors who get together, read a piece of their work-in progress, and receive friendly, constructive critiques and gentle encouragement from the other members. The group is limited to no more than 6 writers, so that each member has approximately 30 minutes to share their work and receive comments. For more information, please call Carole at 567-2832 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


At Cottonwood Public Library

  • Writing for Fun Tuesdays - 9:00a to 10:30a
  • Creative Writing Tuesdays - 10:45a - 12:30p

Professional Writers of Prescott

2018 PWP monthly meetings will be held at Prescott Public Library on Goodwin Street on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6p-7:45p in the Founders Suite on the Library’s 1st floor. 

Tuesday June 26  at 6p featires guest speaker, Jerri Lincoln. Jerri will speak about the benefits of Self-Publishing. Jerri has successfully self-published more than 25 novels and her willingness to share her knowledge of "How to Successfully Self-Publish" is sure to be an informative and worthwhile event. 

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS - free to PWP members

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018, PWP will host a Writers' Workshop at Prescott Public Library from 10a - 12:30p. Professor Laraine Herring will be the guest speaker at the workshop. Professor Herring, a successful author and the Director of Creative Writing at Yavapai College will present "From Trauma to Drama: Transforming Grief into Storytelling." If you plan to attend the Workshop, please sign-up by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please write "Workshop" in the subject line. 

    Note: Laraine is my favorite writing teacher and editor. I’ve worked will her and recommend her highly. I wouldn’t miss it.


Children’s Author Group Contact Pat Frayne at (928) 713-6679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Amber Polo, Camp Verde Library Volunteer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer Reading Program 2018

We’re changing our program this year! Rather than compete for prizes like we have in the past, we are offering you the opportunity to pass on your love of reading by encouraging children ages 0-11 in Heifer International’s Read to Feed program. Kids will be reading 20 minutes to 2 hours per day with adults pledging pennies that will go to help needy families around the world. By sponsoring children to “Read to Feed” we hope to instill in our youth the intrinsic joy found in doing something that rewards others. Clike here to learn more about Read to Feed.

Heifer International's Read to Feed program teaches children to be everyday heroes. It is an incentive service-learning program that fosters in children a love for reading, a passion to help others and a motivation to help create a better world. Rather than donate a simple sum, we encourage you to sponsor a child's summer reading (we can match you up) so participating kids are encouraged to spend more time reading. It's easy to sponsor any child or multiple children. Simply fill out the form in your SRP 2018 Registation bag (or print and complete this one) for each child you wish to sponsor and return it in to Carson. 

6/13 WED 2:00p Intro to Freegal Music: Bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop and learn how to download music using the Library's Freegal® Music App. Freegal® Music has a worldwide database of over 40,000 music videos and 15 million song holdings from over 40,000 music labels that originate in over 100 countries. Freegal (rhymes with legal) is not just today’s top hits, but it also has a strong retrospective collection going back to the 40s and 50s. You’ll also find over 1 million classical tracks, as well as strong collections in jazz, world music, country, alternative, blues, gospel, Christian, kids and many others. With over 200,000 songs added monthly, there will always be something new for you to discover on Freegal® Music

6/13-7/18 WED 5:30p Movies for Grownups: We will be showing Movies for Growups on Wednesdays at 5:30p in the Terracotta Room. In keeping with our SRP 2018 theme, Libraries Rock, we have chosen a selection of biographical films about musicians. Selected from Rolling Stone magazines Top 30 Music Biopics, here is what we have scheduled:

  • 06/13@5:30p: #30 Selena (PG) The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart-topping albums on the Latin music charts.
  • 06/20 @5:30p: #20 Get on Up (PG-13) A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
  • 06/27 @5:30p: #19  La Bamba (PG-13) Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
  • 07/11 @5:30p: #7 Walk the Line  (PG-13) A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
  • 07/18 @5:30p: #1 I’m Not There (R) Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

6/22 FRI 1:00p A special performance by the Kilted Man: Matthew Gurnsey delights audiences of all age groups with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music. Through the marriage of wit and finesse, he charms his audiences, sweeping them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales. His unique talents with traditional and rare Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones, mandolin, penny whistle, and bowed psaltery, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies.