Library News

Adventure Begins at Your Library

Librarians (left to right) Teen Librarian Jordan Prouty, Youth Services Manager Viviane Kraus, Kids’ Librarians Cindy Mahon, and Miss Marcia are excited to get started!

Temperatures are rising, the splash pad at Sunset Park is on, and kids are counting down to the last day of school. Summer is here! The question is, what is there to do to keep kids engaged during the long, hot summer days ahead? When making plans, keep in mind that Summer Reading is so much more than tracking reading minutes. There are 98 adventures/events to attend in June and July. Music, yoga, language, ukulele lessons, Pokémon, lots of StoryTimes, movies, weaving, stargazing, crafts, theater camp, robots, chess, and more—all courtesy of the Friends of The Sedona Public Library and generous business sponsors throughout the community.

The adventures begin with a splash and a DJ at the opening day pool party on May 25 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Sedona Community Pool. Grab a hot dog and lemonade and catch the magic show with world-renowned magician Jolly Roger (the show starts at 2 p.m. sharp). A big thank you and shout out to Parks and Rec for hosting the party!

Heads up, some of our scheduled events require registration so be sure to visit our website and sign up for the following events, starting with There’s a Raven at the Library! Have you ever held a raven before? (No, not a fake one – a real, live raven!) Your lucky day is June 1 at 3 p.m. All ages are welcome. Know a child who wants to learn sign language? Discover the signs for the alphabet, numbers, and animals in a 4-week session with American Sign Language for Kids. The class is weekly on Tuesdays starting June 4 at 10:30 a.m. Kids can try their hand at the art of Navajo spinning on Friday, June 28 at 1 p.m. with Nancy Wilson and the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild. They will learn about the many ways to spin yarn and weave their own mug rug on a simple loom.

Did you hear about the new Tween/Teen Librarian, Jordan Prouty? He has planned some awesome events and activities that are going to make this an unforgettable summer. Help spread the word for Teen Hangout on Tuesday, June 4 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 pm, for games, food, and fun—for teens only! Rumor has it boba is going to be at the Teen Pop up event at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. On Friday, June 7 at 3 p.m., tween/teens will unleash their inner creativity and set intentions as Ms. Kimberly guides them through fun yoga poses and the art of candle making. Go on a musical adventure with Gioia and learn how to play the ukulele. Ukulele for Teens starts at 4 p.m. every day, June 10 through June 14. Ukuleles provided or bring your own. Note, registration is required for the ukulele class, only 10 spots available.

There is so much more in June, and we haven’t even talked about July! So, stop by and pick up a printed Summer Reading Calendar or go to our website for a downloadable version for all the fun events.

Save the week of July 22 through 27! Summer will end on a musical note with a weeklong Missoula Theater camp for any child grades 1 through 12 that culminates in an exciting local performance of Treasure Island at West Sedona School. Auditions and preregistration are now available on the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation website.

Happy summer vacation! Let the adventures begin!

Sedona Public Library is an independently run, 501(c)(3), privately owned, debt-free, nonprofit organization providing public services. We receive support from the City of Sedona and the Friends of the Sedona Library, property tax dollars from Yavapai and Coconino Counties, and gifts from businesses, foundations, and individuals like you. Thank you! Visit to learn more.

As published by Red Rock News

Library News Column for May 17, 2024  
Written by Viviane Kraus, Youth Services Manager


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