SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Summer reading popped into the Spotswood Public Library on Thursday with Zoom Balloons. A lively group of youngsters ranging in age from infant to tween came to enjoy some fun with music and balloons to welcome the library's annual Summer Reading Kickoff.

"Leaders are readers" was the message that Zoom Balloons started the toe-tapping program with. Kids and grownups clapped as Spotswood Public Library Director C.L. Quillen assisted Zoom as he filled his barrel with a potpourri of colorful balloons. Afterwards everyone got a balloon to add a bit of color and movement into the library by dancing with their balloons to classics like the "Hokey Pokey," "Hands Up" and the "Chicken Dance."

Zoom even got moms, dads and grandparents up and moving to the music before he set to making a balloon sword for each child. The balloon master crafted a balloon penguin complete with a hat and a heart to place behind the library's circulation desk to the delight of the cheering children. The final event of the night was a raffle with the prize being a four-pack of tickets to the June 27 Somerset Patriots game.

More prizes and reading fun are to be had at the Spotswood Public Library this summer. From weekly story time programs to summer reading logs to craft nights and Monday matinees, the library has a whole host of free summer fun for both kids and adults. All of the library's upcoming summertime programs are featured on their website. Some programs require registration while others do not. All of the programs can be found online by clicking on the calendar icon. Registration can be done online or by calling the library at 732-251-1515.