Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library in Odessa will kick off its Summer Reading Program with the 21st annual “Welcome Summer” outside concert, featuring Marsha and the Positrons with Wardell Howell on bass.

The concert will be held June 17 at 7 p.m., and welcomes concert goers to bring lawn chairs and maybe an evening picnic to enjoy, as they listen to the melody of Marsha and the Positrons.

“We started this 21 years ago with a calypso band in our back yard, and it just seemed like a really fun way to start our summer reading program,” said Karen Quinn, the lead librarian at Corbit-Calloway. “We have a nice back yard, and it was a hoot. It was really, really, fun. So, we did it the next year, then the next, and so on.”

Quinn’s goal for the concert each year is to attract a group that hasn’t played in the area before, to help promote the library’s summer reading program.

“It’s a fun tradition that we offer every year,” Quinn said. “It’s the beginning of summer reading, and it’s one of the ways we spend the money we get from the Division of the Arts, which is a grant we apply for.”

Quinn noted this year’s featured band had never played at Corbit-Calloway before, and that she was looking forward to hearing them play.

“Marsha has a really slick bass player. Wardell Howell, he’s wonderful,” Quinn said. “They sing some really, upbeat, save the world, save the environment, type songs. It’s really upbeat stuff for kids and families.”

Quinn noted that while the event has grown in popularity, over the years, the weather does play a big part in the overall turn out.

“It’s hard to tell what the turn out will be like, though we have tradition on our side,” Quinn said. “If the weather stays like it has been and it’s wet, then it won’t be so great. Though we’ve filled the entire yard before, which is over 100 people.”

Come June 17, rain or shine, Quinn and the rest of Corbit-Calloway will be there ready to welcome anyone who is in the mood to kick off their summer with a little outdoor summer concert.