Enjoy fun in the sun with APL at the third annual SummerFest outdoor family party on Saturday, July 7, 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 library’s July 7 SummerFest activities include:
- A giant bounce activity center and a kiddie bounce house
- Roving magic show by Mr. Magicman
- 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—on July 7. 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 18. Kids and teens register and record their reading at the library or online at www.albanypubliclibrary.org. For every week they read, participants are eligible for prizes. More than 250 special events and activities are planned at the library’s seven locations during the eight-week program. The full activity guide is at www.albanypubliclibrary.org/documents/srpguide2012.pdf.
This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Price Chopper, Friends of Albany Public Library, and Stewart’s Shops.