The Upper Arlington Public Library will host an outdoor festival of sorts June 8 to kick off its summer reading program.

The Upper Arlington Public Library will host an outdoor festival of sorts June 8 to kick off its summer reading program.

The UAPL's main branch, 2800 Tremont Road, will host its first Summer Reading Club Kickoff Bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature live music, food trucks, face-painting and other children's activities.

According to library officials, the day is meant to help spur participation in the library's summer reading program, which offers incentives for everyone from parents of infants to school-age youths and adults who make efforts to read through Aug. 3.

"We wanted to highlight our Summer Reading Club this year," said Dena Little, UAPL youth services manager. "This is a free event and everybody is welcome, even if you've already signed up (for the reading club)."

The UAPL Summer Reading Club offers programming for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as for those in grades kindergarten through five, sixth grade through 12th grade and adults.

Participants keep a log of their reading from June 4 through Aug. 3. At each level, they can qualify for prizes or be entered into raffles based on the amount they read.

For example, infants, toddlers and preschoolers will be eligible for prizes after their parents read to them for five and 10 hours.

Those in the K-5 group will qualify for prizes for reading five, 10 or 15 hours, and young adults will be entered into prize drawings for every three hours they read.

"We're encouraging parents and caregivers to read to their children," Little said. "We want children in kindergarten to fifth grade to read, and we're trying to get those older kids to read at home or come to the library and read."

This year, the library has tweaked its adult summer reading program by eliminating book review requirements.

"That's a lot of work," Little said. "We want reading to be fun."

Rather than book reviews, adults will qualify for gift certificates if they accomplish various reading levels.

The June 8 "Bash" will be sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Arlington Library.

Musicians Joanie Calem and Dan The Music Man will perform, and the library will offer a variety of children's activities, Little said.

Additionally, Whole Foods will have an on-site illustrator, and visitors can sign up to win a gift basket from the Upper Arlington store. Food trucks from Pickled Swine, Dan's Deli and J-Pops also will sell their fare.

"It's going to be an outdoor event," Little said. "It's just going to be a lot of fun."