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By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: November 12
, 2010

NOTE: The Friends of the Sedona Library will host a Preview Gala and Sale for the Festival of the Wreaths on Sunday, November 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the library.  Join us for a fun and festive evening of wine and appetizers, musical entertainment, exciting raffles, and a fabulous cake.  Tickets for the Gala can be purchased at the Library.  Donated wreaths should be delivered to the library by November 12.  Wreaths go on sale to the general public on November 15.

New Youth Services Librarian

Sedona Public Library welcomes Karen Mack as our new Youth Services Librarian.  On her first day of work, she already began making plans for a December visit from Red Rock High School’s freshman class, setting up visits to the local Head Start classes, and looking into the future for summer programs.  She’s off to a fantastic start!

“My first week of work at the Sedona Public Library has added to my initial delight in being selected for the Librarian position,” said Mack.  “Everyone has made me feel very welcomed.  I’m looking forward to talking with customers of all ages and doing the best I can to enrich their public library experience.   I can’t wait to find out what the Sedona kids are reading for fun.”

Karen has a Masters degree from the University of Arizona and a BA degree from University of Western Ontario, Canada.

She worked at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library from 1998 until joining the Sedona staff.  In her role of Youth Services Assistant she was the Supervisor for a special van dedicated to Preschoolers Acquiring Literacy Skills, known as the PALSmobile.  In that position she and two other employees visited preschools, daycares and Head Start centers within Flagstaff each month and also visited areas such as Tolani Lake, Parks, and Cameron.

Additional duties included presenting “Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library” workshops for diverse groups including parents, college students, caregivers and Head Start teachers.  She also presented programs for preschoolers, families, tweens, and teens at the library, which included story times, and book clubs.

Karen was Supervisor of Youth Services Volunteers and also worked with NAU students and community members to present library programs.  Karen’s skill in working with volunteers will be a great asset in her current position, as Sedona Public Library relies on volunteers much more than other libraries. 

In the children’s area, teens help with a number of activities.  Two of our current volunteers who have been helping Karen get acquainted with the day-to-day operation are Miriam Jaimes, an eighth grader at West Sedona School and Emily Gillit, who attends Red Rock High School.

Karen’s previous experience working with youth includes positions at the Johnson County Public Library in Indiana and the Elgin County Public Library in Canada.  At Johnson County she did programming for children and families and also presented special programs for incarcerated teens and developmentally challenged adults.

One of her first ventures for the Sedona Public Library will be supervising the National Gaming Day on Saturday, November 13.  From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be board games for all ages.  Especially for ages 10 and up there will be Xbox 360 and Wii games from 1 until 4 p.m.

Please stop by and introduce yourself and join the Board of Trustees and staff in welcoming Karen as our head of Youth Services.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.