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By: Pam Comello, Youth Services Librarian
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 8, 2009

Enjoy Summer Reading Programs and Activities for Youth at Sedona Public Library

Be Creative @ Your Library! is the theme of Arizona’s Summer Reading Program for children ages 1 through 12. For teenagers, the program theme is Express Yourself @ Your Library. Offered every summer, this year’s reading programs at Sedona Public Library begin Saturday, May 23 and run through Saturday, August 1.

Those interested in participating may register in person at the Library. We hope to make online registration available, too. Watch the kids and teen pages on our Library Website,, for links to the registration/reporting site when it is available.

Registering for the program is easy. Participants fill in a form with their name, address and phone number and their personal reading goal. Babies and pre-schoolers may participate with a parent or grandparent. Pre-readers and emerging readers may participate with other family members who agree to read to them or listen while they practice reading.

Free book bags and bookmarks are available to all who register. Readers record book titles or minutes each time they read, which makes them eligible for prizes. Participants update their reading time during regular visits to the Library.  

The more readers participate, the more prizes they earn. After completion of the program, the hours read by each participant are tallied. Everyone who registers and records hours read receives a certificate of participation.  

Special programs and events at the Library are planned for children and teens in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program. Beginning Monday, May 18, registration for the following events can be made in the Children’s Department at the Library or by calling 282-7714, Extension 19:

  • Two multi-generational evening programs are offered especially for the benefit of working families. On June 17, from 7 – 8 p.m., performing artist, Emmy-award-winning writer and storyteller Indiana Bones from Santa Fe, NM, combines storytelling, archeology, anthropology and Native American folklore. Eileen Morgan from Phoenix presents percussion and wind instruments of Asia with her Taiko Japanese Drumming program on July 8 from 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Tweens and teens 11 – 18 already are anticipating Teen Gaming Days, which offers X-Box, X-Box 360 and Wii electronic games throughout the summer on various Wednesdays from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Also for teens, a teen Sleep-Over in the Library is scheduled Friday night – Saturday morning, June 26 – 27.  Adult chaperones will be present for the entire event. Activities include playing team-building games and board games, viewing a movie and preparing snacks.  
  • Workshops and classes also are offered for a wide age-range of youth this summer. These include Theatrical Intensive – music, vocal and acting training taught by Sedona professionals Dev Ross and Shondra Jepperson. Two separate 2-week workshops for tweens and teens ages 11 – 14 and ages 15 – 19 begin Monday, July 13. Registration and a $50 payment for these workshops must be made by July 6. The workshops culminate in a performance open to the public on Saturday, August 1.  

Elizabeth Platte, art expert and teacher, is offering art classes for 3- and 4-year-old preschoolers at 10 a.m. on certain Fridays beginning May 29. On Mondays and Thursdays beginning June 8, she conducts afternoon classes from 2 – 3 p.m. for children ages 5 through 7. Exact dates are available at the Library.  
Afternoon programs planned for older kids are:  

  • June 23 at 3:30 p.m.: Sticks n’ Tones, a musical duo from Prescott, provides an educational, audience-participation opportunity to play percussion instruments and sing. 
  • June 30 at 3:30 p.m.: Step Raptis from Mesa presents Step’s Junk Funk, a combination of music, percussion, movement, dance, comedy, composition, improvisation and choreography. The audience is guided through the creative process to develop rhythm and music using “junk” instruments collected from antique and thrift stores, garbage picking, dumpster diving and treasure hunting in vacant lots and buildings. Participants work cooperatively and collaboratively to create their own movements or dance.
  • June 16 at 10 a.m.: Early childhood musician Chuck Cheesman from Flagstaff presents Dancing with No Shoes On, a special program for younger audiences. 

Ongoing Children’s Programs at the Library continue throughout the summer.  These are: 

  • First Thursday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m.: Babies, toddlers and accompanying adults enjoy Music for Tots demonstration classes conducted by Kelly Cole.  
  • Every other Thursday Morning at 10:30 a.m.: Toddler Brain Time story times conducted by Library staff or Sing, Say and Sign American Sign Language classes conducted by Cindy Wilmer and her daughter Skyrah for children to age 3+ and their parents.
  • Most Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.: Storytime geared to preschoolers and early elementary grades. Check with the Library for exact dates.

A party celebrating the accomplishments of all summer reading participants is planned at the conclusion of the program. We welcome youth participation in the Summer Reading Program and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Library to enjoy these great programs and activities.

Pam Comello
Pam Comello, author of this week's article,
is Youth Services Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.

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