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By: Pam Comello, Youth Services Librarian
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 30, 2010

Enjoy Summer Reading Programs for Youth at Sedona Public Library

Make a Splash…READ! is the theme of Arizona’s Summer Reading Program for children ages 1 through 12. For teenagers, the program theme is Make Waves @ Your Library. Offered every summer, this year’s registration for the reading programs at Sedona Public Library begins Monday, May 24 and runs through Monday, August 2.

Those interested in participating may register in person at the Library.  Also watch our  for links to the Summer Reading Program on the kids and teen pages for online registration.

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 preschoolers 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 report their reading time online and 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 Wednesday, May 5, registration for the following programs can be made in the Children’s Department at the Library or by calling 282-7714, Extension 19:

  • As our Summer Reading Kick-off event, a multi-generational program will be offered on Tuesday, June 2; one program at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and a repeat performance at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. especially for the benefit of working families. Since 1988, Daniel Kopf “The King’s Magician” has performed comedy magic across the U.S and around the world.  Animals are the stars of the show with Kopf as their pet magician. Don’t be surprised if one of the children from the audience finds himself magically floating in the air!
  • 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 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Also for teens, a “Power of Music” summer series workshop brought to Sedona and Camp Verde Libraries and taught by New Hampshire’s Barbara Hughes.  Question-and-answer sign-up and orientation days for interested teens and their families are Saturday, May 22 from Noon to 1 p.m. at SPL in the Village and Sunday, May 23 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Sedona Public Library.  The 2-week workshop, in which teens will produce their own music CD, will begin Tuesday, June 1 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. and continue weekdays through at least Friday, June 11; workshop final days to be determined after registration closes.  A fee of $60 per student will be collected at registration.
  • Workshops and classes also are offered for a wide age-range of youth this summer. These include Teen Drama-Theatrical Intensive – music, vocal and acting training taught by Sedona professionals Dev Ross and Shondra Jepperson. The 2-week workshop for tweens and teens ages 11 – 18 begins Monday, July 12.  Registration and a $60 payment for this workshop must be made by July 6. The workshop culminates in a performance open to the public on Saturday, July 24.
  • Elizabeth Platte, art expert and Sedona teacher, is offering “Art with a Story” classes for kids entering 2nd and 3rd grades on Tuesdays; classes for kids entering  4th and 5th grades on Thursdays; and classes for entering 1st graders on Fridays beginning at 10:00 a.m. during June and July.  Registration is required for all classes and there is a limited enrollment.

Additional events planned for kids are: 

  • Thursday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m.:Gail Shepard presents “Mad Science” an educational, audience-participation opportunity for children of all ages to touch, feel, and see what science is really all about and explore the different properties of H2O.
  • Saturday, June 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m.: Professional actress Jan Sandwich from Phoenix presents “Fancy Nancy” storytime “tea party” for younger audiences. Come dressed in your fanciest clothes and hear stories, songs, and enjoy magic and refreshments.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.-noon: Sedona’s own Tom and Shondra present Susie & Professor Know-It-All in “Makin’ a Splash.” The professor and Susie will guide kids on a musical journey with water songs, a music water trivia quiz and cool fun for ages 3-83.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Phoenix Juggler Extraordinaire James Reid presents a fun interactive show of juggling tricks. Watch as James attempts eating an apple while juggling and hula-hooping, balancing on the wobbly rola-bola and a sporting finale.  A juggling workshop for ages 6 and up from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. will follow the performance.  Registration is required.

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

  • First Saturdays from 11:00 noon in June, July and August:  Bilingual storytimes for children 3-8 and their families.  Stories, songs, and activities will be presented in English and Spanish.
  • Regular storytimes suited for ages 3-8 every Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-noon with stories and crafts.  Some Saturdays we will have visiting authors present their book. Watch our calendar for details.
  • 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 storytimes conducted by Library staff or Sing, Say and Sign American Sign Language classes conducted by Cindy Wilmer and her daughter Skyrah for parents and their children ages 3+.

Special thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Sedona Public Library for providing funding for the workshops and programs all summer. 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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