By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 6, 2012
Summer Reading Program Update
The Sedona Public Library summer reading program started on June 1 and will continue through the end of July. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sedona Library, the reading program is open to all children and teens, ages newborn to 17. Program participants who are reading or being read to on a regular basis this summer will receive various surprises when they visit the Sedona Library. Our summer reading program participants also have many opportunities to attend free, entertaining, and educational library events and classes.
The reading incentive surprises include free books, novelty toys, and, thanks to the City of Sedona, swim passes for the Sedona Community Pool. The Arizona State Library has provided an additional reading incentive, the Centennial Summer Reading Program Adventure Pass, which is given to every person who participates in a public library summer reading program. This Adventure Pass booklet provides information on 14 amazing places to visit in Arizona and some suggestions of books to read for background information. Discount coupons are also in the booklet for each of the featured places, which include our own Sedona Heritage Museum, the Phoenix Zoo, the Heard Museum, and Lowell Observatory.
It is very easy to become a part of the Sedona summer reading program, and you are invited to join today. Youth or their parents can register by visiting Sedona Library’s website homepage and clicking on the summer reading coyote graphic. Add your name, think up your password, and immediately you will have your own online summer reading page. Go on your page at any time to keep track of favorite titles and the amount of time spent reading. You can also post reviews and read comments posted by other summer readers. Notification about receiving reading incentives will appear on your page as you add time read.
If you prefer to register in person, you can join the summer reading program by visiting the library and talking to staff at the youth desk. You will be given a reading log for keeping track of titles, time spent reading, and time being read to. You will also receive the Centennial Summer Reading Program Adventure Pass when you sign up.
So far, just over 200 children and teenagers are registered online for the summer reading program. Most are actively participating by recording the time they spend reading and being read to. Four hundred and two book reviews have been posted and shared thus far, and many lively conversations take place in the library about books that families and teens are enjoying.
Participants who have met the requirements of the program will be entered in a final drawing, to be held on August 9, for terrific prizes. The prizes are now on display at the library, next to the Children’s Room. Drop by and take a look, and while you’re at it, sign up, pick out a good book, get your Adventure Pass, and become a summer reader.
The Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants. Your tax deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
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.