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The Damascus Library kicks off its summer reading program today with the Mad Science of Washington program "Up, Up and Away.”

Come learn about the intriguing properties of air and air pressure. Hot air balloons, tornadoes and a hovercraft will be used to show how amazing air can be.

Shows are at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

On July 6, a farm animal will be at the library in advance of the upcoming Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

The Reptiles Alive! Show will bring snakes and other reptiles to the library July 13. A magic show, Illusions by Vick, is planned for July 20. Green Golly and the Treasure of Light music program is planned for July 27 and former Harlem Globetrotter Spinny Johnson will bring his show, On the Ball, Spinny, to the library Aug. 3.

The shows, suitable for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County Inc. Free tickets are required for all shows, which begin at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

A film festival is planned every Tuesday through Aug. 23 for preschoolers. Four or five short films will be show at 10:30 a.m. each week, children’s librarian Amy Alapati said.

Children and teenagers may sign up online at for the county summer reading program, which runs through Aug. 13.

Damascus Library patrons who sign up for the program should stop by the library and put their name on one of the colorful toucans that will be hung in the library, Alapati said. The Friend of the Library, Damascus branch, made 500 toucans, she said.

The county summer reading program is offering programs on three levels:

ŸBabies and Books for babies and toddlers through preschoolers;

ŸOne World, Many Stories (Kid’s Read!) for children in kindergarten through grade six;

ŸYou are Here (Teens Read!) for teens in middle and high school.

Teens are invited to share books and program information on Facebook.

“We’re just excited to have a more traditional style summer reading program,” Alapati said.

Librarians will be happy to help children choose books, she said.