Librarypalooza kicks off the free Summer Reading Program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., in Harvey.

The theme for children, teens and adults is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

One of the main goals of the program is to get children signed up for library cards and into libraries.

The programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage schoolchildren, particularly those in urban areas who weren’t needed to work on farms, to read during the summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Research conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics found that in 1994, 95 percent of public libraries offered summer reading programs for children.

At the East Bank Regional Library, Librarypalooza will feature fun and games for the family, including life-sized Candy Land, Angry Birds and checkers games, Minute to Win it Challenges, sports-themed carnival games and games for toddlers.

Raising Cane’s will serve iced tea and lemonade. Pelican Publishing is providing copies of Rooster Roux, the basketball playing rooster, to participants while supplies last.

West Bank Librarypalooza is much different from its East Bank counterpart. It’s a medieval festival created by the Barony of Axemoor, part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a nonprofit society dedicated to the preservation of the Middle Ages.

Special demonstrations include sword fighting and archery; plus medieval crafts and clothing will be on display. Face painting and special crafts will be available for children and teens. Raising Cane’s will serve iced tea and lemonade.

Computers will be available throughout both libraries for kids and teens to sign up for Summer Reading Program activities. They also can sign up online at srp.jplibrary.net.

SAL’S GENEALOGY SEMINAR: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will discuss Irish research with guest speaker Margaret Scully at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The session for June 8 focuses on African-American research with guest speaker Gaynell Brady.

WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP: Andreé Maduell, a retired teacher and writer, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Her talk will focus on the role the French Resistance played in helping France in the war. Maduell says there were different groups of resistance fighters, and each had a different agenda. She will discuss how they got started, their activities and how they were vital to the Allies.

MARRIAGE AND MONEY: Bennett Blackledge and Kristin House, both of the Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co., will talk about “Marriage and Money Issues” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This session will explore the many ways money can cause problems in relationships and basic strategies to create a happy partnership.

GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: The group will discuss “The Pensées” by Blaise Pascal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road. “The Pensées” is a collection of fragments on theology and philosophy written by 17th-century philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal. Pascal’s religious conversion led him into a life of asceticism, and “The Pensées” was, in many ways, his life’s work.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.