For: Red Rock News
Date: December 2, 2016
Holiday Program and More
Youth Events in December
How exciting! The annual Happy Holiday family event
will be held on Saturday, December 10. The family fun starts at
11 a.m. in the community room with interactive stories, live music,
and crafty activities for children. We’ve
invited Mr. and Mrs. Claus, too! Mark your calendar for a morning
of holiday spirit and a photo opportunity with Santa.
The December calendar also includes many of the library activities that
are offered year-round, such as story time. In the children’s room,
library staff regularly presents three story time classes weekly, on Saturday,
Tuesday, and Thursday. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., Meghan delivers an engaging
and educational family story time and crafts program, with the first Saturday
being a bilingual, English-Spanish learning experience. Tuesday’s
preschool class and Thursday’s infant and toddler class both start
at 10:30 a.m. At these programs, parents often take the opportunity to share
their parenting ideas and check out books on homeschooling, Waldorf and
Montessori philosophies, and many other topics.
On the first Thursday of every month, there are two more reasons to visit
your library. Annette begins the day at 10:30 a.m. with her unique and much-loved
half-hour music program for toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers.
Many traditional and multicultural tunes are strummed and sung. Children
and parents alike enjoy playing an assortment of rhythm instruments and
dancing with silk scarves. Last month, we all did the limbo and laughed
the whole time. And the after-school crowd can enjoy a free G- or PG-rated
movie with popcorn in the community room beginning at 3:45 p.m. Everyone
is welcome, and children under 10, as is our library policy, will have their
Did you know that on the first Wednesday of each month, all three of our
local schools let the children out early? On these early-release days, Sedona
Public Library provides a variety of literature-based, hands-on activities
from noon to 4 p.m. in the community room. Past themes have included Johnny
Appleseed stories and edible art, the world of sunflowers, origami paper
folding, and clay sessions. Children and teens are welcome to drop in at
any time. Often, a theme-based presentation takes place at 1:30 p.m. for
those interested in learning more about the activities of the day. No registration
is required, and children under 10 will have an older caregiver nearby.
The next early-release day is December 7—drop in!
The Library also offers chess instruction and computer coding gatherings.
More spontaneously, we provide pop-up opportunities that could involve learning
a new game or working on a group puzzle, a quick origami session, a make-it
take-it craft activity, a science or art demonstration, or working with
an educational kit from our STEAM cupboard (science, technology, engineering,
arts, mathematics). Feeling techie? Pop in and participate in a global initiative
called Hour of Code, from December 5 through 9.
The library website provides home access to a wide range of library information,
including children’s book award lists and a calendar of youth events,
so check often for updates. Please don’t hesitate to call the youth
services department with any comments, questions, or ideas for best serving
the children, teens, and families of our community.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partially
supported by the City of Sedona and Yavapai and Coconino Counties. We also
require donations and grants to fund our operations. Your tax-deductible
donation may be made online through our website or sent to: Sedona Public
Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West
Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library in the Village is located at Bell Rock Plaza, Suite
51 A. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday
from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at
928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services
that we offer.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is
also presented on Sedona
Karen Mack is Youth Services Librarian of Sedona Public Library.