The Ouachita Parish Public Library's summer reading challenge

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MONROE, La (KNOE) - Live music, food trucks and books at libraries SummerFest

Courtesy: The Ouachita Parish Public Library

The Ouachita Parish Public Library's summer reading challenge will kick-off at SummerFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Main Branch Library. SummerFest is free to the public.

The 2019 summer reading challenge theme is “Universe of Stories.” Adults, teens and children alike are invited to attend space-themed programs and read out-of-this-world books during the summer. Patrons can win prizes for attending programs, reading books and participating in other summer reading challenge activities.

“As the nation remembers the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20, the Ouachita Parish Public Library is celebrating all things space all summer long,” said Library Director Robin Toms from NASA to Greek mythology to Star Wars, we'll be reading across the Universe of Stories at the Library.”

After registering for the summer reading challenge at SummerFest, grab a free snow cone (while supplies last) and groove to live bands, Six O'Clock Traffic and The Bad Monkey Brass Band. Children's booths will feature hands-on STEAM activities and a jumper, while teens can launch rockets in the teens-only area. Children can snack on free Moon Pies (while supplies last). Everyone is invited to pack a picnic or purchase meals from local food trucks. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Both the bookmobile and the Main Branch Library (1800 Stubbs Avenue, Monroe) will be open for patrons to check out books and get started on the summer reading challenge. SummerFest is a community-wide party to launch into the Library's summer reading challenge,” said Toms. “It will be a blast, pun intended.”

About the Ouachita Parish Public Library The mission of the library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish. The library serves a diverse community of approximately 160,000 people. The library has 10 branches throughout the parish, plus a bookmobile, outreach services and e-services online at www.oplib.org.