People shop for books during the annual Friends of Patagonia Library Fall Festival Book Sale. Photo by Laura Wenzel

While I’d like to say that November is officially when the library starts getting busy, it really begins in October. We had many great events last month, including our Friends of Patagonia Library Fall Festival Book Sale, which generated over $2,300 for the library.

The library is proud to announce the return of the Arizona Humanities Road Scholar speaker series, “AZ Speaks.” Five presentations will be offered from November through March, each dealing with a variety of Arizona humanities topics such as humanities in contemporary issues, Native American studies, and Arizona history.

The series kicks off on Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 pm with a presentation sponsored by the Arizona Native Plant Society-Santa Cruz County Chapter, “Mescal Agave Use in Arizona: Food, Fiber, and Vessel.” Ethnobotanist Carrie Cannon delves into the life history of mescal, while also exploring the multitude of tribal uses and relationships to this intriguing plant.

Mark your calendars for the annual Friends of the Patagonia Library Fall Fundraiser. Join us on Saturday, November 23 at 4:30p.m. for an evening with author Todd Miller. For more than 15 years, Mr. Miller has researched and written about border issues, with the last eight of those years spent as an independent journalist and writer. He will discuss his new book “Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World.”

Tickets are $50 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event will be held at a private residence, maps with directions will be given with purchase of ticket. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the library at 520-394-2010.