Sedona Public Library is about to launch its annual summer reading program. We will offer the traditional reading and literacy-based programs for youth of all ages, along with eight weeks of library activities that are fun and educational. This summer’s range of activities will include hands-on, informal learning opportunities to keep young brains and bodies engaged. Many of the events will focus on this year’s summer reading program theme, Build a Better World.
How does the summer reading program work?
The summer reading program kick-off event happens on Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 2 p.m., when award-winning magician Eric Giliam will bring his popular, all-ages show to the Library. During the show, you will see several magic routines performed that are not seen in any other show. Several acts stress the importance of reading and recycling. This special performance will reveal to the audience that not everything seen can be explained! If you have not signed up for the summer reading program already, teens will be available to help with registration after the magic show.
In addition to the scheduled events, there will be ongoing activities all summer long. On a daily basis, a youth services librarian will be ready to help answer questions and find the best books in various formats. Children and teens are welcome to use chess boards, science kits, board games, and iPads for Scratch Junior computer coding. In the children’s room, the art table is a place where children can create and let their imagination soar. Parents, grandparents, children, and teens can come to the Library to rediscover favorites or find out about something new.
The June and July calendar of events is available to pick up at the Library or can be viewed from the Events menu or button on our website.
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, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for May 26, 2017
Written by Karen Mack, Youth Services Librarian
Libraries have traditionally hosted summer reading programs for children. These programs are designed to give children fun activities to do when they are out of school, and also to keep them from regressing in terms of their reading skills. Recently, however, more and more libraries are including adults in the summer reading fun. Last year, Sedona Public Library (SPL) launched its first adult summer reading program, and this summer the program is back, with the theme "Build a Better World."
Sign-up has begun, and it continues through Friday, July 17. Registration may be completed online or in-person at the reference desk at SPL or at Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V). Participants will be asked to keep a reading log, and they will be given a coupon for every 100 pages read. Coupons, which will be available at SPL and SPL-V, can then be used as raffle tickets for a weekly prize contributed by a local merchant.
The grand prize will be a gift certificate for lunch for two at L’Auberge’s Etch Kitchen and Bar. To be eligible for the grand prize drawing, participants must complete a game card. Game cards contain nine squares corresponding to various library-related activities. By participating, you can expand your horizons reading new book genres, visiting cultural institutions, and attending library programs.
In addition, there will be a giant coloring sheet displayed at SPL for artistic types. For the grand finale, all participants are invited to an ice cream social at SPL.
A special thank you goes to these generous program sponsors: Baskin-Robbins, Builders’ FirstSource/Probuild, Cleaner Quicker Car Wash, Cold Stone, 89Agave, Hummingbird House, L’Auberge, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Picazzo’s Pizza, Ramsey’s Rocks and Minerals, Sedona International Film Festival, and Starbucks.
In keeping with the reading program theme of “Build a Better World,” participants are asked to contribute food items appropriate for the Sedona Food Bank’s Weekend Emergency Packs for Hungry Kids. This program currently provides supplemental food for 115 children who, during the academic year, receive nutritional support at school. Items requested include applesauce, fruit cups, 100% juice boxes, and individual servings of cereal and mac and cheese. These food items may be donated at the main library or SPL-V.
We hope you will participate in our adult summer reading program. Please contact Kay Bork or Sophia Russell at Sedona Public Library at 928-282-7714, ext. 114, or Cheryl Yeatts at Sedona Public Library in the Village at 928-284-1603 for more information. Happy reading!
Sedona Public Library
Column for May 19, 2017
Written by Kay Bork, Reference Assistant
When the late Ethel Low donated a parcel of land to Sedona Public Library to build its current facility on White Bear Road, it included a house. Over the years the house has been rented to a number of groups. Recently the Library decided to make that space available for the Friends of the Sedona Library to offer books and other items for sale year-round.
May 15 will mark the grand opening of the used bookstore operated by the Friends. The bookstore is located at 3270 White Bear Rd., in the house that is adjacent to the main library. With renovations funded by a generous donor, the house now allows ADA accessibility for bookstore patrons. A separate parking area is reached by following the bookstore signs onto the unpaved driveway.
With the Friends’ book sale relocating next door, the space in the Library that the Friends have been using to sort and categorize books will be available for other uses. Parking lot spaces that have been occupied by storage containers to house books until the traditional week-long spring and fall sales will be freed up for much-needed parking.
In the new location, the Friends’ entire used book inventory will be available all year long for locals and visitors alike to browse and buy in a well-organized, retail style outlet. More than 30 categories of hardcover and paperback books, music CDs, movies, and much more will be available. Biographies, best sellers, cookbooks, romance, science fiction, and New Age titles are among the top sellers. As a nonprofit organization, Friends of the Sedona Library is exempt from the collection of sales tax, which is comparable to an additional 10 percent discount on already bargain prices.
The Charlene Lipka Room will house the largest display of books in the store. The room is named in honor of the long-serving Friends president and book sale chairman, who recently moved to California to be closer to her daughter. Lipka also initiated the Friends’ use of Amazon’s Marketplace for the online sale of limited editions and special collections of books.
The Friends have helped to support Sedona Public Library since its founding in 1958. Since 2002 alone, the Friends have contributed more than $1.5 million to support and enhance library services. This includes shelving, collection development, furnishings for the children’s room, public computer stations, automated check-out, laptops for Sedona Public Library in the Village, and other technology.
Revenues from used book sales have been an important part of the Friends of the Sedona Library’s success. The bookstore’s workforce is all volunteer, and its used book inventory is sourced entirely from donations. This means that 100 percent of the store’s net annual operating profit will be contributed directly to Sedona Public Library for the benefit of its patrons.
We encourage you to support the Friends of the Sedona Library’s new venture with either a purchase from the store or the donation of used books. Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The grand opening preview sale, for FOL members, library volunteers, and staff, will be on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 3 p.m.
Sedona Public Library
Column for May 12, 2017
Written by Virginia Volkman, Library Director
Sedona Public Library (SPL) has worked closely with Arizona Humanities for many years. Thanks to this long-standing partnership, the Library is able to offer interesting and engaging humanities-based programs for our community. While you may be familiar with Sedona Public Library, you may not know much about Arizona Humanities.
Arizona Humanities is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience and are held at cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.
AZ Speaks is the longest running and most popular program of Arizona Humanities. AZ Speaks presenters represent a diverse range of expertise, from a variety of professional backgrounds including civic engagement, film and media, and cultural and gender studies. Speakers are carefully selected based on their expertise and ability to offer content and insight that inspires discussion with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Sedona Public Library, in partnership with Arizona Humanities, is pleased to offer these Arizona Humanities programs during May:
Monday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek: Attend Jan Cleere’s presentation “The Woman Who Shot Cowboys” to learn about Louise L. Serpa, rodeo photographer. This program illustrates the courage of a woman determined to decide her own fate at a time when women were expected to marry, raise a family, and know their place in society. It includes some of Louise’s amazing rodeo photographs and family pictures.
Wednesday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room at SPL: The Library is pleased to partner with Arizona Humanities and the ASU School of Art to offer “Beyond the Underground Railroad: Visually Relocating American History and Culture from a Black Perspective.” This community conversation will be facilitated by Stephen Marc, ASU Professor of Art. Attendees will discuss several issues: why the Underground Railroad (UGRR) and the legacy of slavery are still important in today’s society; connections between the UGRR and the West; and contemporary racial issues that face this country. This program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is part of the Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States Initiative.
Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in the Si Birch Community Room at SPL: As part of Read Around Sedona, a community reading program, Erik Berg will present “Ghost Towns of World War II: Arizona’s Historic Military Sites.” This presentation uses photographs and first-hand accounts to illustrate Arizona’s war-time role by focusing on the stories of those World War II sites in Arizona that still have significant remaining features from the war period.
Sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Friends of the Sedona Library, these programs are free and open to the public. Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Sedona Public Library
Column for May 5, 2017
Written by Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village
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