Reader Palooza, June 3, at Depot Park

Contact: Brad McClenny

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Gainesville FL, --  The Alachua County Library District is kicking-off Summer at the Library with Reader Palooza! Join us Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until noon at Depot Park. 

Get the summer started off right with fun activities and informative vendors. Support literacy in our community and encourage summer reading. Patrons can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge for chances to win a free tablet from PDQ restaurant. The ACLD will have a free goodie bag for kids, teens, and adults who sign up for summer reading. 

More the 20 vendors will be on hand at Reader Palooza, including Fun 4 Gator Kids, Escapology, UF CARD, Florida Museum of Natural History, REI, Matheson Museum, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Children’s Home Society, United Way, and many more.

Enjoy roaming performances from Gainesville magician Magic Mike, the Gainesville Circus Center and Bubble Man. Marc Radio and Classic Hits 100.9 will be broadcasting live from the event.

Our popular kids’ reading program, Read with a Dog, will have a station at Reader Palooza this year. Sit and stay a while to read with a very good dog.

Come out and join us to support community reading and kick off Summer at the Library during Reader Palooza.


Please feel free to call ahead for any interviews for preview stories. Library District representatives will also be on hand at the event for interviews.

For questions, please contact Brad McClenny at 352-334-3909 or  


If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).  

By Brad on May 26, 2023