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By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 15, 2011

Summer Reading and Much More for Kids and Teens at the Library

This summer, the Sedona Public Library youth services department has something for both readers and nonreaders. If you have an interest in reading, a free performance by the NAU Peaks Theatre troupe, the antics of local travelers Harry and Gladis, the theatrical work of creative Sedona teens, or a library World’s Fair for children, then please read on. 

First, an update on the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program: So far this summer over 200 fantabulous Sedona children and teens chose to participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program, which started June 1 and will end July 30. Participants are purposefully incorporating reading time into their busy summer schedules and have thus far logged a total of 1,078 reading hours and written well over 300 reviews of their latest reads.  This self-monitored library program, implemented each summer to encourage literacy skill building during the non-school months, is one of the many ways that the Sedona Public Library strives to enrich our community.

During July, Delta Society members will be spending time in the children’s room with their registered therapy dogs on Mondays and Wednesdays. These Paws to Read dogs are eagerly waiting for a child to read to them. Phone, email or come in and book a half-hour Paws to Read session. Dogs listen, they do not judge or tease and it has been shown that a child’s confidence level in reading aloud increases when they experience Paws to Read. 

On July 20, NAU Peaks Theatre Fest will present a play based on the popular Southwest storybook Josephina Javelina: A Hairy Tale,written by Susan Lowell. This is a live theater experience that children will thoroughly enjoy. Seating for the play in the library’s Si Birch Community Room starts at 6:15 p.m., and the performance begins at 6:30 p.m. The community room’scapacity is 100, so come early for this one-time performance for ages 5 and up. Many of Susan Lowell’s books are on display at the Sedona Library so drop in and check them out. 

On July 23, local performers Tom and Shondra present Around the World with  Harry and Gladis.  Starting at 11:00 a.m. in the community room, this is a 45-minute fun-filled, fast-paced children's show that includes lots of audience participation. Also in the community room later that afternoon, the Youth Theatre participants invite the public to a show that will demonstrate what they learned during an intensive, two-week drama workshop. Their show will start at 3:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

On July 30, the last day of the Summer Reading Program, teen volunteers and youth services staff will host a World’s Fair, library style. Immediately following Saturday Story Stop, which begins at 11:00 a.m., children are invited to participate in continent-themed activity stations that will be set up throughout the library. Each station will provide an opportunity to dance, work on a craft project, play a game or have a snack. And you won’t want to miss the trains chugging down the tracks in the Si Birch Community Room thanks to the Sedona Railroaders. Drop in for a fun-filled Saturday. The World’s Fair will be set up from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Check the Sedona Public Library website often for updates:

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.