Tuscaloosa Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Kicks Off on June 3

Magician Tommy Johns (June 4-5) gives kids a chance to have creative fun with great books, puppets, and magic. Magician Tommy Johns (June 4-5) gives kids a chance to have creative fun with great books, puppets, and magic. Tuscaloosa Public Library

The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “Alabama Has a Universe of Stories,” gets underway on Monday, June 3. The program, which runs through Saturday, July 27 at all TPL locations, includes a variety of activities to keep area kids entertained for hours each week. And all the programs are free. 

It’s a great time to have fun and get creative without the pressures of assign school work, says TPL’s Vince Bellofatto 

“Summertime is fun, so we make the summer reading program really fun for the kids and the adults.” 

The 2019 Tuscaloosa Public Library Summer Reading Program is open to all individuals, preschool through adults, with programs, prizes, story times, and a reading club. The program’s calendar is packed with activities, including magic shows, music, science, snakes, storytelling, and even didgeridoos.  

During the summer reading program at TPL, kids can choose what they want to read. 

“They can decide the topics and pick titles that interest them. It’s not homework or assigned reading. Its just pure entertainment. This is helpful for reluctant readers,” Bellofatto said. 

The program is available at Tuscaloosa’s Main Library on Jack Warner Parkway, at the Weaver Bolden Branch on Lanier Avenue, and at the Brown Library Branch on Bobby Miller Parkway. 

For specific activity dates and times, visit the TPL’s official website at tuscaloosa-library.org/summerreading, and for more information or questions, call (205) 345-5820. 

Summer Reading Schedule  

Monday, June 3 - Thursday, July 25 


9:30 a.m.: Weaver Bolden branch 

2:00 p.m.: Main library


9:30 a.m.: Main library 

2:00 p.m.: Brown branch 


June 4-5: Magician Tommy Johns 

June 11-12: Schoolyard Roots 

June 18-19: Alabama Blues Project 

June 25-26: Didgeridoo Down Under 

July 9-10: What’s Your Story, Tuscaloosa? 

July 16-17: Yarbrough’s Educational Reptiles 

July 23-24: Blast Off with Doc Atoms 

Main Library Teen Programs in June: 

Tuesdays, Teen Try-It Workshops (4-5 p.m.) 

Thursdays, Teen Tech (4-6 p.m.)

Main Library Teen Programs in July:

July 15-19: 3D Design Camp (grades 6 and up, registration required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call for details) 

July 12 and 26: Teen Tech Tuesday (call for details) 

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