Families are invited to celebrate summer at Albany Public Library’s SummerFest party on Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Delaware Branch Library (331 Delaware Avenue). This free outdoor party features bounce houses, activities, games and prizes, magic, music and dancing, and snacks.
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 July 9 SummerFest activities include:
+ A giant bounce activity center and a kiddie bounce house
+ Roving magic show by Mr. Magicman
+ Special hip hop dance performance by students from Albany Salsa
+ Music and dancing
+ 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 (161 Washington Avenue)—on Saturday, July 9. The Delaware Avenue neighborhood is also participating in the July 9 festivities with special sales at many businesses, food and activity booths, and a garage sale.
The Albany Public Library Summer Reading Program runs from June 27 to August 15. Kids and teens register and record their reading at the library or online. For every week they read, participants are eligible for prizes. More than 100 special events and activities are planned at the library’s seven locations during the seven week program. A complete activity guide is available online.
This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Price Chopper, Friends of Albany Public Library, Friendly’s, and Stewart’s Shops.