Street fair to kick off summer reading program

May 9—A children's street fair complete with superheroes will kick off the Lebanon Public Library's summer reading program on June 5.

Marcus Lehmann will perform magic at 1 p.m., and children can meet and chat with costumed superheroes from 2-4 p.m. There will be a petting zoo, inflatables, trucks to touch, airbrush tattoos, carnival games, an obstacle course, a special activity for toddlers, a scavenger hunt, prizes, and food, including free shaved ice for children.

The first block of East Washington Street in downtown Lebanon will be closed to traffic from noon to 5 p.m. while children party and their parents visit representatives of area non-profit organizations who will set up booths along the street.

Community involvement goes hand in hand with this year's summer reading theme, "All Together Now," Youth Services Coordinator Debbie Barr said.

Community, kindness, teamwork and community helpers all fit under that heading and activities are planned around those themes. New performances this year will include a Leonardo music Rockin' and Reading show on June 28.

Other special dates include: — June 14, Professor Steve Science Show; — June 19, Silly Safari Animal Show; — July 6, Freddy Fossil Dino Show; and — July 14, Bubble Wonders Show.

There will also be expanded STEM programs, extra story times this summer, and Librarian Jessie Fleming will make fairy gardens with children.

Young readers can expect favorite summer library activities like bingo, movie days, crafts, and a stuffed animal sleepover, Barr said.

Visit the library at 104 E. Washington St., Lebanon, or go to the website at for more information or to register for programs.