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By: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 4, 2010

Summer Events at the Library

Mark your calendars for June 30th.  Sedona Public Library and SPL in the Village will be closed that day to transition to new software for our circulation system and catalog.  For several days before we begin using the new software we’ll be open for business, but offering reduced services.  Be sure to bring your library card with you if you want to check anything out of the Library, because we won’t have the ability to look up your card number.   

During our software changeover (June 25 – 29) the catalog will be unavailable, but you’ll be able to search our local holdings through the World Catalog, one of the AZ Statewide Databases.  Unfortunately, that catalog won’t give you up-to-the-minute information on newly acquired items or whether an item is on the shelf or checked out. 

All databases provided by the Arizona State Library will be accessible.  Just go to the Library’s website and click on Find Articles and More, then on AZ Statewide Databases.  However, electronic resources provided by the Yavapai Library Network, including Overdrive downloadable audio books will not be available. 

Holds on library items will be not be able to be placed or filled during this time.  Information about your account through the online catalog will also be unavailable.  So save the list of items you want to place on hold and once the new catalog is up you’ll be able to place holds again.

When we reopen on July 1 all services should be available.  Please bear with us as we fine-tune the new software.

Registration is now underway for Make a Splash…READ! Arizona’s Summer Reading Program for children ages 1 through 12.   For teenagers, the program theme is Make Waves @ Your Library.  Registration runs through Monday, August 2.  Those interested in participating may register in person at the Library or on our website.

When participants register they set their personal reading goals.  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.

Plan to attend these special events offered in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program:  
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.

Saturday, June 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Professional actress Jan Sandwich from Phoenix presents “Fancy Nancy” storytime 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 Tom and Shondra present a pirate-themed musical production called “Makin’ a Splash” for ages 3 and up.

Wednesday, July 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Phoenix Juggler Extraordinaire James Reid presents a fun interactive show of juggling tricks.  A juggling workshop for ages 6 and up from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. will follow the performance.  Registration is required.

“Art with a Story” classes will be conducted in the morning during June and July, for kids entering 2nd and 3rd grades on Tuesdays; for kids entering 4th and 5th grades on Thursdays; and for entering 1st graders on Fridays.  Registration is required for all classes and there is a limited enrollment.

Tweens and teens (ages 11 – 18) are invited to attend 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.   Another program for this age group is Teen Drama Intensive, which features Sedona professionals Dev Ross and Shondra Jepperson. The 2-week music, vocal and acting workshop 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. 

The Youth Services Department extends congratulations to the following graduating seniors who have been volunteers at Sedona Public Library:  Garrett Debs, Kyle Granchelli, Samantha Hauserman, Cody Heckrodt-Hallenback, Christopher Lindfors, Stephanie McIlroy, Brenda Molina, Kayla Parks, and Elise Zimmerman.  Also, graduating from 8th grade and past volunteers for Sedona Public Library are:  Yvette Schlee from Big Park School; Wade Adams, Joshua Elfman, Joseph Lara, from West Sedona School; and Seffa Klein, and Austin Mix from Sedona Charter School.

Virginia Volkman, author of this week's article,
is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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