For the 17th year, Menlo Park Library and Kepler's will celebrate "The Magic of Reading" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
Highlights of the event will be music from the Menlo-Atherton High School jazz and concert bands, and bands and orchestras from Oak Knoll, Encinal and Hillview schools.
"Celebration of Reading" will benefit the Belle Haven Library through a percentage of sales at Kepler's on that day.
All musical groups will perform on the plaza in front of the bookstore. The first to perform will be the combined orchestra of the fifth-graders at Oak Knoll and Encinal schools. The two groups opened the program last year and attracted a standing-room-only crowd.
Musical groups of the sixth- through eighth-grade at Hillview will then play until 1:30 p.m. In the afternoon, all four Menlo-Atherton bands will play, with the concert band opening and the jazz band closing.
Prizes for raffles throughout the first part of the program will help raise money for elementary school programs.
The Friends of the Menlo Park Library and Kepler's are co-sponsoring the annual event.