Summer at the Library: Alachua County Families participate in free, fun, hands on program


    The Alachua County Library District invites residents of all ages to participate in their fun and unique summer programs.

    At the Summer at the Library program families aren't just reading books, they're doing hands on activities every day.

    "It's a way for us to encourage continued learning all summer long, try something new, do something exciting and to help us do that we invite outside performers," Youth Services Manager Erin Phemester said.

    Phemester said there's dog shows, drum line camps, martial arts classes, magic shows and so much more.

    And better yet, it's free for participants!

    Today at the High Springs Library Branch Alachua County students got the chance to do science experiments from the MOSH Museum in Jacksonville.

    "Even better we've had a couple kids come up to us after the program asking for books on science experiments that they can do at home and that's what the summer program is all about," Phemester said.

    Their goal is to keep students actively engaged, learning in ways that will have a lasting impact

    "Phemester said since June 1st they have had almost 5,000 people sign up.

    "It goes until August 5th and we want you to sign up whenever it's convenient for you and your families," she said.

    For a list of all the summer activities and how to sign up visit

    The program is funded by the Friends at the Library organization.

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