As published in the Red Rock News
The year might be coming to an end, but the fun never ends in Youth Services at Sedona Public Library. Celebrate the season with song, crafts, books, and more! Literacy, literature, and creativity always abound in our children’s room!
Just in time for Christmas, we’re offering a Grab & Go Craft Kit beginning the week of December 20. Families and children can make creative pinecone snowy owls, perfect for seasonal decorations or gifts. Remember, Grab & Go Crafts are always first come-first served, so come in and pick up your kit.
All of our craft kits are available on the Youth Services website where you’ll find instructions and videos for each craft along with a list of the materials you’ll need. Consider making a glass gem magnet, snowman pencil topper, or an Origami bookmark. These fun activities make great gifts! Just visit sedonalibrary.org/craft-kits.
You can also celebrate the season with our programs in Sunset Park. Get ready for 45 minutes of song, story, music, and more at Story Time in the Park with Marcia, Wednesday mornings at 9:30. This interactive play is geared to preschool ages, but all are always welcome. For more magical, musical fun, join Music Morning with Annette, Thursday, December 16 at 10:30 when you can participate in singalong activities perfectly themed for the holiday season.
Don’t forget to visit our new StoryWalk at Sunset Park. The butterflies have just arrived, and you can join them on their 3000-mile journey from Canada to Mexico when you read our new book on display: Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G) and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero. Follow the numbered pages from the toddler playground, across the bridge to Sunset Drive and back. You’ll love this bilingual book in poem/song format so much that you might walk it twice. Go ahead, it’s free!
Back at the Library, we’ve decorated for the season, and we’d love for you to stop by either location. But we need your help! Our new Christmas trees need ornaments, and if you have a new or gently used ornament you’d like to donate to hang on our tree, bring it in. If not, we have a fun, sustainable, upcycling project for decorating ornaments! Pick up a large colorful Christmas ball, take it home to decorate it, and bring it back for the tree! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!
Our holiday trees also include the SedonaKind gratitude tree. Stop by to decorate an ornament with words expressing your gratitude. We also have an “angel tree” from the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition. Pick a gift request from one of the “neighbors,” buy the gift, wrap it, be sure to put the tag on top, and then return it to the collection box. This is a great activity for families to enjoy.
Finally, our librarians have been hard at work, and they’ve curated a lovely exhibit of holiday and seasonal books for families and children to choose from in our children’s room. Learn about the many ways cultures across the globe celebrate this special time of year. If you don’t see a book that you’re looking for, let us know, we’re always glad to help you find it.
Our regular programs and offerings continue through the end of the year, including Steam Kits, Kanopy Kids, and more. If you haven’t checked out Kanopy Kids, you should! It’s a free, unlimited streaming service for kids to explore enriching, educational, and entertaining films, and TV series. Visit sedonalibrary.kanopy.com/kids to learn more.
Finally, we’ll begin new, fun and exciting programs in 2022, so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at the Library or Sunset Park!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit library, and we have just launched our year-end campaign. If you’d like to support our programs, services, collections, and dreams, please visit sedonalibrary.org/donate. Or stop by either of our locations: 3250 White Bear Rd. in West Sedona and 25 W. Saddlehorn Rd. in the Village of Oak Creek.
Sedona Public Library
Column for December 10, 2021
Written by Anne Marie Mackler, Development Director
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News.