By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 29, 2016
All-Ages Summer Reading
Program Starts Soon!
Once again, Sedona Public Library is participating in the national summer
reading program, and this year, the program will be offered for
all ages! The 2016 program themes are “On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!” for
kids, “Get in the Game, Read” for teens, and “Exercise
Your Mind, Read!” for adults.
These themes share an emphasis on health, fitness, and sports for everyone.
And the starting signal for Sedona’s summer reading program will sound
in less than a month, so it’s not too early to be planning your summer
break activities and learning opportunities.
The reading program for children, teens, and adultsbegins
May 31 and ends July 23. You can sign up either in person or online as early
as May 23. Special programs and ongoing incentives for each age group will
reinforce a mind-body connection and entice everyone to read more.
According to the American Library Association, summer reading programs
began in the 1890s as a way to encourage schoolchildren to read during their
summer vacation. Over time, research has proven the value of these programs
by demonstrating that reading during the school break helps young people
keep their skills up and prevents the “summer slide” in reading
abilities that occurs when kids do not engage in educational activities
during the summer. “If students retain their reading level over summer
break,” explains Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, “teachers
may spend less time reviewing skills and more time teaching.”
Last year a grandparent wrote this response to our summer reading survey: “My
granddaughter was more motivated to read books because of the summer reading
program. She loved books as a toddler but leaned toward the computer and
movies as she got older. She is so proud now that she knows the letters
and reads words.”
As believers in the positive power of reading, we will do our best to encourage
not only elementary school–aged children but people of all ages, from
newborn to adult, to get in the reading game this summer. Participants will
earn points for every minute that is spent reading, listening to a book,
or engaging in a literacy-building activity. As readers accumulate points
and record them in their log, they will earn incentives and increase their
chance of winning something special in a final drawing for each age group.
If the summer reading program is new to you, then be sure to drop in the
Children’s Room and chat with one of the library staff. We will gladly
answer your questions about the reading program for kids and teens and give
you a calendar of events for June and July. Adult participants can get more
information at the Reference Desk.
Sedona Public Library is an inviting learning space for our community,
and thanks to the Friends of the Library, we are able to bring you a summer
reading program where families can access free educational and cultural
enrichment activities and programs and leave the Library with a pile of
good books, too.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partially
supported by the City of Sedona and Yavapai and Coconino Counties. We also
require donations and grants to fund our operations. Your tax-deductible
donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona,
Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West
Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library in the Village is located at Bell Rock Plaza, Suite
51 A. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday
from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at
928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services
that we offer.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is
also presented on Sedona
Karen Mack is Youth Services Librarian of
the Sedona Public Library.