Library kicks off summer with Reader Palooza

A 7 year old boy in a red shirt lies in the grass and reads a book.
The Alachua County Library District's Reader Palooza kicks off its summer reading programs. Shutterstock

Reader Palooza on Saturday kicks off the Alachua County Library District’s (ACLD) Summer at the Library reading program. 

Reader Palooza is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Depot Park, 874 SE 4th St. 

The event aims to encourage summer reading in the community and to support literacy. Anyone who signs up for the Summer Reading Challenge will have a chance to win a free tablet from PDQ restaurant and will receive a goody bag from the ACLD.  

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Families that register for the challenge on Beanstack will receive a free book for children and teens 18 and younger. 

The event will have over 20 vendors with information on programs they will be offering during the summer and there will be performances by Gainesville magician Magic Mike, the Gainesville Circus Center and Bubble Man.  

The Reader Palooza will also feature the kid program, Read with a Dog, which allows children to sit and read alongside a dog.  

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