By: Meredith Clark
For: Red Rock News
Date: October 4, 2013
Teens Rock October at the Library
After a successful summer of slaying the zombies of summer boredom with the Sedona League of Teen Heroes Against Zombies (SLOTH AZ) summer reading program, Sedona teens have new opportunities for fun at the library starting in October. Teen Read Week, a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, is October 13 through 19. The theme for Teen Read Week is Seek the Unknown, encouraging teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.
The week kicks off at the library with the first Sloth Café for teens on Saturday, October 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The Sloth Café is a teens-only gathering, turning the community room into a café where participants can make their own coffee, tea, and cocoa drinks during an open mic show featuring karaoke and performances by Young Voices Be Heard, our very own local teen poets. Teens can also bring their own instrument and showcase their talents.
The Sloth Café will be held monthly on second Saturdays for the teen residents of Sedona, creating a place for local teens to explore music, technology, books, and community. It will be a place for teens to discover and discuss books, express themselves artistically, and have fun. Each month, the Café will host an event, building on the recommendations and feedback of the teens.
At the October 12 Café event, teens will also be informed about the Teen Advisory Board, a community-building team of teens who will act as liaisons to the library, helping build the teen collection and programming at the library. The library values the input of Sedona’s teens, and those who participate will not only influence how the library serves this local group, but also have the experience of working towards a community goal. It’s also a creative and fun way to gain community service skills with an eye towards the college years.
There are plenty of educational reasons for teens to become involved with the library, but at the core of all of it is the desire to make the library a fun, informative, and alluring space for teens. Of course, the library is always looking for teen volunteers to support programming for the younger patrons and assist the librarians in the Youth Services department. The Sloth Café will be an opportunity to learn more about volunteering at the library from other teen volunteers. The Sedona Library believes in the creativity and drive of the teen residents of Sedona and is excited to continue building services at the library in conjunction with them to evolve with the community in relevant and modern ways.
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 Sedona Biz.
Meredith Clark is a Youth Services Assistant at Sedona Public Library.