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The New Hanover County Public Library will host the second annual kids music festival at Kure Beach on Saturday.

Set for 9 a.m. to noon June 20 at Ocean Front Park and Pavilion, 105 Atlantic Ave., admission to the family friendly event is free for all ages. The 208th Army Band will kick off the festival with “Weapons of Brass Destruction,” and close out the event with ceremonial music.

The New Hanover County Public Library Rap Club will also perform. The rap club’s debut album, “Hot! Fresh! Delicious!” will be released to the public at the festival. It features 17 of the best songs written and recorded by rap club kids during the past two years, according to a news release from the county.  The CD is produced by Scooter Hayes with funding from the Friends of the New Hanover County Library, and will be for sale at the festival and on iTunes and CD Baby.

Kids Music Fest is the kickoff event for NHC Library’s Summer Reading Club, with the theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” All ages can join and enjoy reading and superhero-related activities all summer. Registration is free online at  and at all NHC Library locations starting June 13, as well as at the festival.

Other activities featured include the Kure Beach Fire Department fire truck, temporary tattoos, Children’s Museum of Wilmington activity station, Fort Fisher Aquarium activity station, free comic books with Memory Lane Comics, “snow machine madness” with Island Montessori School, “bubble mania” and rock star makeovers.

For more information about the kids music festival or the library’s rap club, contact children’s librarian Scooter Hayes at or 910-798-6393. For information about summer reading club, call or visit the children’s department at any New Hanover County Public Library.