The New Lebanon Library kicks off its annual summer reading program with Rocket Science at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Shatford Park on Route 22.

Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson will introduce the audience to rocketry and will launch model rockets into the air and deploy parachutes for their return. An ice cream social follows.

The theme of this year’s summer reading program is "Fizz, Boom, Read." Participating children will keep track of all the books they read during the summer and will be eligible for prizes. Adults and teens also may participate.

Special activities include "Build a Sunflower Castle" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16; "Soda Bottle Science" with Steve "The Dirtmeister" Tomacek at 1 p.m. Friday, July 25; and Write with Jana Laiz at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.

A complete activities schedule is available at or call (518) 794-8844 for more information.