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Avalon Library Has Active Summer Lined Up

Posted June 28th 2021

The Avalon Free Public Library announced a long list of programming, and exciting new features for the summer including virtual events, outdoor programs and hands-on activities.

What special box makes green cars go? Where is a kite that flies year-round? These tricky questions are part of the newly launched Avalon Library and History Center Community Scavenger Hunt. Participants can pick up a copy of the clues and follow them to capture a photo of the answers. Submit your photo answers before Sept. 10 to be entered for a drawing to win a basket of fun gifts, and also earn fun prizes for participating.

Take a stroll around the Avalon Elementary School field and read along with the newly installed StoryWalk. On your way to the playground, enjoy illustrated posts of “Outside In,” written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby. This thoughtful children’s book highlights the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we’re stuck inside. The StoryWalk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

The library’s Authors in Conversation Series will feature renowned authors virtually for a discussion on their latest published works. Authors include Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella on June 17, Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig on July 15, and Lee Child and his brother Andrew Grant on Aug. 19.

The library is also co-sponsoring a number of outdoor events including weekly Dune & Beach Walks with The Wetlands Institute every Wednesday at 9:30am at the 48th Street beach, and Beachside Science at Surfside Park with The Wetlands Institute and the Avalon Environmental Commission, the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm.

“With online programs and in-person activities and events, the library aims to have something for everyone this summer as we expand our services,” says Library Director Erin Brown. “Open daily, we hope patrons will find time to borrow books and more, pick up a craft in our newly renovated Children’s Room, and check out our new seating, perfect for reading a good book or making use of the Library’s Wi-Fi.”

And those missing the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s moving performances should mark their calendars for two special virtual concert experiences on Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, Aug. 21. Viewers will enjoy selections by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and more performed by the Bay Atlantic Symphony Ensemble, Woodwind Trio, String Quartet, symphony director Jed Gaylin, and concert master Jorge Avila. These events will remain available for two weeks following the premieres.

Along with these exciting events, the library announced a full schedule of workshops, programs and activities held virtually including weekly Story Times, genealogy workshops, book clubs, language lessons, and more. For a full schedule of programs, go to

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