Enjoy fun in the sun with Albany Public Library at the fifth annual SummerFest outdoor family party on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Avenue). This free outdoor party features bounce houses, activities, games and prizes, live music, roving magic, and refreshments.
SummerFest is the major event in the library’s Summer Reading Program, which encourages literacy by rewarding kids for reading. The party gives children a chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and sample the activities and books available at the library.
The library’s July 12 SummerFest activities include:
- A giant bounce activity center and a kiddie bounce house
- Live music by local band Off the Record
- Roving magic show by Mr. Magicman
- Games and prizes
- Snow cones and popcorn
- Summer snacks provided by Price Chopper
The SummerFest party is so big that the library is closing all branches—except for Delaware and the Main Library—on July 12. The Delaware Avenue neighborhood is also participating in the festivities with a street fair, special sales at many businesses, food and activity booths, and a garage sale.
The Albany Public Library Summer Reading Program runs through August 16. Kids and teens register and record their reading at the library. For every week they read, participants are eligible for prizes. More than 200 special events and activities are planned at the library’s seven locations during the seven-week program. The full activity guide details the summer reading activities. This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Price Chopper, Friends of Albany Public Library, and Stewart’s Shops.