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By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 27, 2011

Upcoming Arizona Humanities Council Programs:

  • June 8:  Mary Melcher presents "Making Do on Less:  Arizona Women and the Great Depression" on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sedona Public Library on White Bear Road and 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds in the Village of OakCreek.  This presentation uses oral histories, memoirs, and photos to illustrate women's experiences during this difficult time.
  • June 10:  Monica Lane will be leading a discussion of the 2011 ONEBookAZ selection, "Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud" written by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, on  Friday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Library on White Bear Road.  The discussion is open to all.

Summer Reading at Sedona Public Library

Don’t take Jon Scieszka’s book title “Summer Reading is Killing Me!” too seriously. The Sedona Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 to July 30, ages 0-17 are invited to participate and don’t worry, you will survive!  Not only will you survive, you will become a more powerful human being after a summer of library fun and a brain full of most excellent books.

We, at the Sedona Public Library, do our best to encourage Sedona youth to continue reading all summer long, just for the fun of it. Research shows that children who read regularly over the summer break do not suffer the drop in reading skill level and the catch up process that non summer readers experience when they head back to school. Also, early literacy skill building in the infant through preschool age group is critical to a child’s future success with reading and writing. Ideally every child in Sedona and VOC will read and listen to stories all summer long, just for fun, and we have found that offering local coupons, prizes, free book incentives and interesting programming helps to motivate the more reluctant readers.

A Puppet and Music Kick Off!

The kick-off program, which is free of charge and open to all ages, will take place on Thursday, June 2 in the Si Birch Community Room at 10:30 am. The show will include a puppet show, music and instruments and lots of audience participation.   After the program some of the Sedona Library teen volunteers will be helping out at the Summer Reading ‘sign up’ table. You can sign up anytime online, if you prefer, simply by visiting and clicking on the Summer Reading registration link. Once you are signed up you can come to the library and receive a handy reading log which you can use from June 1 to July 30 as a helpful tool for keeping track of the time you spend reading. The more you read the more you know! And know this: as you tally more reading/listening time you will have opportunities for choosing ‘Library Surprises” and attending enjoyable performances.

Drop in to the Sedona Library, 3250 White Bear Road, and pick up a brochure listing the summer schedule of performer and activities. There are activities scheduled for all age groups throughout June and July. The toddler/preschool crowd, for example will have a blast with Chuck Cheesman in his program titled ‘Dancing with No Shoes On!’ Chuck will be at the Sedona Library at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 12. ‘Teen Friday’ is a time for a variety of activities including a ‘Win It in a Minute’ afternoon on June 17 and ‘Origami with Joel’ later in the month. Tweens can enjoy a Juggling workshop and learn the skill, as well join in the  ‘Chess or Choice of Game’ days. No pre-registration is required for most of the summer events, but please check the brochure or the Sedona Library website for program details.  

Why not begin your summer reading with “Summer Reading is Killing Me”? Joe, Sam and Fred of Jon Scieszki’s Time Warp Trio series are trapped inside of a recommended summer reading list.  A maniacal teddy bear and his gang set out to destroy the good story characters and take over their books. Dracula plans to suck the fluff out of Pooh. The Time Warp Trio must find a way to save the day, and themselves.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Sedona Public Library!

Karen Mack
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Karen Mack is Youth Services Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.