By: Meredith Clark
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 24, 2013
Teens Slay Zombies for Summer Reading Program at the Library
This summer, Sedona Public Library is offering an exciting program
for teens looking to slay brain-eating summer boredom--S.L.O.T.H. A.Z.--which
stands for the Sedona League of Teen Heroes Against Zombies. The program
features a series of "Quests," such as solving fun challenges, completing
reading hours, and participating in events. As teens finish Quests,
they gain points, which earn them chances to win a grand prize drawing
to be held at the end-of-summer party.
Each Quest leads League recruits through an escalating
series of brain feeding challenges. Every week has a theme, including literature
(we hope you've read a few books!), technology and art. Of course,
it wouldn't be a summer reading program without the reading! Logging
in reading hours gains more points and more chances to win the grand
The library is filled with magic and surprises long
after kids grow out of the children's reading room. The shelves are
still filled with stories to whisk you away and feed your imagination,
but there are plenty of hidden secrets around the books still waiting
to be discovered. It takes imagination, determination and a fair bit
of courage to resist the lure of turning into a zombie! We believe Sedona's
teens have what it takes to be real heroes of summer.
Sign-up begins May 22. The program is limited to teens
ages 13 through 17. Their first mission is to find the hidden sloth
on the library's home page at sedonalibrary.org.
Once there, they can complete the summer reading program registration
page. Recruits will gain access to the first Quest at the kick-off party
on June 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room at the library,
and that's when the real summer adventures begin. The fearless S.L.O.T.H.
A.Z. librarian will lay out the program details, provide snacks to thwart
the immutable hunger and reveal the password to enter the first Quest!
For any teen who doesn't have regular access to
the Internet, the library has everything needed to participate in the
S.L.O.T.H. A.Z. program. Teens who can't make the party or who
want to get on the path to slaying zombies at a later date can just
visit the librarian at the Youth Desk anytime. Do you have what it takes
to become a S.L.O.T.H. A.Z. hero?
While teens are slaying boredom zombies, the 12 and
under set will be digging in to their own great summer
reading program, with prizes all summer long. Sign-up for children also
starts May 22, and all participants can register either online or at
the library. More information is always available at the library!
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. Thank you for your continuing support of free library
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Meredith Clark is a Youth Services Assistant at Sedona Public Library.