By: Meredith Clark
For: Red Rock News
Date: December 19, 2014
Safe Sitter Certification Program at the Library
One of the central missions of the Sedona Public Library is offering educational
and affordable services to the community. Over the schools’ holiday
break at the end of December the Youth Services department will be offering
a two-day certification course for babysitting. Safe Sitter is a national
certification program that teaches young tweens and teens what they need
to know to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings,
or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills, such as how to rescue
someone who’s choking, and helpful information like what to do if
there’s severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities
and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use a CPR mannequin to
practice CPR and choking rescue.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that more than 30% of kids
in middle school are home alone after school, and many of them are responsible
for supervising younger brothers and sisters until their parents arrive
home after work. A Safe Sitter class at the library can give your students
the skills they need to be safe, and give parents peace of mind, because
Safe Sitter prepares students 11 – 14 to be safe when home alone,
be responsible for watching younger siblings, or be ready to babysit.
The course is two days, back to back. It will be on Tuesday,
December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Students must be available
for the entire course to qualify for certification. The class is geared
towards a specific age group so participants must be at least
11 years old on the day of the first class and no older than 14. Safe Sitter
is a national certification program that can cost upwards of
$30 per student, but with the help of the Friends of the Library, we are
able to offer it to our community at no cost. If you have an older teen
or an adult who is interested in babysitter training, stop by the library
to see the other options available to the community.
One of the things that impressed me most about this program is
how seriously they treat the certification process. In preparation
for this course, I had to become CPR certified and complete an extensive
training course to be qualified to teach. Funding for my training was
provided by the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. The materials for
teaching the program are well-considered for the ages being taught and
the program is tightly designed in order to get all of the material included
in the lessons. It even includes a graduation ceremony where the parents
join us at the end of the second day to find out what the children have
If you are interested in signing up for the Safe Sitter certification
course, call the library at 928-282-7714 ext. 119. The class
is designed for a maximum of 8 kids and spots are filling up
fast! If the course is already full, we will keep a waiting
list on hand. We will also be offering the course again in 2015, so if you
are interested, give us a call and we will let you know when we will be
offering the course next year.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
The land on which our beautiful library sits was donated, and
the library building was constructed with private funds and is
entirely debt-free. Donations and grants allow us to continue
to offer free and innovative services to residents and visitors. Your tax-deductible
donation may be 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 7000 Highway 179, Suite
D-100, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours in the Village
are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 1 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
Meredith Clark is Youth Services Assistant of the Sedona