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Youth Services’ MVP now at Village Library

Greetings Villager readers! Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! No, I’m not referring to the oldest sibling on that hit television show that was a staple of the early 70’s, The Brady Bunch. I’m referring to our Youth Services rock star and resident songstress, Marcia Hansen, lovingly known as Miss Marcia by Verde Valley families near and far.

Miss Marcia has been teaching and educating children at Sedona Public Library for more than five years, and we are excited to announce that we now have Story Time with Miss Marcia in the Village of Oak Creek.

We welcome families with young children to join Miss Marcia at Sedona Public Library in the Village on Tuesdays for Story Time at 11:15 a.m. This 30-minute session will introduce children and families to new characters, authors, and illustrators and help children work on language development and listening skills. Join other families on adventures like traveling to the moon, boarding a pirate ship and setting sail for the open seas, making rainbows, jumping in puddles, or getting swallowed by a slippery fish.

Tuesday in the Village isn’t the only time you and yours can spend time with Miss Marcia and her literacy expertise. Please join her for the new program at the Library in West Sedona on Mondays at 10 a.m. – Toddler Play and Learn. This popular program explores early literacy through creative play stations and sensory toys and helps very young children be prepared for school and use their imagination. All are welcome to Miss Marcia’s programs at either library, but they are best suited for children ages 0-5.

Miss Marcia entertains and teaches the preschoolers, but she also reminds parents and caregivers to foster early literacy skills. One of her favorite lessons is “retelling,” which improves comprehension, vocabulary, and oral language skills.

A parent shared that her daughter, after Story Time, recited the story The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything almost word for word, to her dad, including an imitation of Ms. Marcia’s sound effects! This little girl is definitely practicing her early literacy skills.

“Talk to your kids” is another favorite tip from Miss Marcia. She explains how the grocery store is a great place to practice. “It is so alive with much to do and see.” It disappoints her to see children with devices in their hands when “the store is a place for conversation about what you’re going to make for dinner, what you’re buying, what clerks do.”

Story Time is a great half-hour of learning and meeting other families in the community, and it offers a chance for everyone to explore all that the new library has to offer. Stay tuned as we will continue to expand our program offerings at both branches for children, teens, and adults. For more information on our programs for youth visit

Sedona Public Library is a 501c3 non-profit. Your generous donations can be directed to Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Reach Jan Marc Quisumbing, Library Program and Marketing Coordinator, at or 928-282-7714, ext. 8122.

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