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By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 2, 2011

Sedona Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday. Regular hours for the rest of the week are: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Homeschoolers invited to meet up and learn about the library

The Youth Services Department at Sedona Public Library is ready to refocus. Now that the crazy days of the Summer Reading Program are over and school is back in session, the youth areas of the library are less busy during the day.

With summer behind us, September is a time that public libraries focus on reconnecting with teachers and the after-school students. We coordinate group library visits, plan outreach programs and make connections with community organizations.  One such information-sharing event is planned for Sedona homeschooling families on Wednesday, September 7.

Homeschoolers use their local public libraries. According to a 2003 survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 78% of homeschoolers said that their public library was their primary source for books and/or curriculum. The NCES estimates that 1.5 million U.S. students are homeschooled, and of course some of those students are here in Sedona. 

Next Wednesday’s gathering for families that homeschool is intended to satisfy a few objectives. First, being relatively new to Sedona, I hope it will be a way for me to meet these families, perhaps for the first time, and learn about their educational approaches. As a youth services librarian, I welcome discussion regarding the library needs of all young people in our community.

Second, the event will be an opportunity for me to share information about the current services, resources and programming that are available through the Sedona Library for youth of all ages.  I have discovered that there are a variety of reasons that lead parents to the decision to homeschool their children. Every family is different, but, regardless of their motives, it behooves all families to know about the educational, recreational and life-enriching offerings that are available either at the library or electronically through the Sedona Library website.

Also, I hope that this gathering will be an opportunity for local homeschooling parents and students to meet each other. Connecting with people who share similar interests or lifestyles is often a valuable social and educational experience.  

The get-together will begin at 1:00 pm on September 7 and take place in the Si Birch Community Room at Sedona Public Library. 

With any luck, the amazing Stapelia plant that is now blooming in the Atrium, next to the Children’s Room, will still be spectacular by Wednesday. Be sure to take a look at what one young visitor called the “hairy sea star” flower.  This low-growing succulent has also earned the common name “carrion flower” because of its odor.

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.