Harry Potter @ your library
Megan McFarlane | July 26, 2011
Movie posters for the second installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows remind fans that “it all ends,” but a visit to the local library might yield some different thoughts.
Libraries are keeping the Harry Potter tradition alive with a variety of programs for people of all ages in celebration of the movie’s release. Below are just a few examples of how libraries got involved in the celebration:
During the week of July 11, all forty-one branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Ohio) celebrated Harry Potter Week @ your library, during which Potter fans watched movies, tested their Harry Potter knowledge, mixed “potions,” and made Harry-themed crafts. Programs also included cooking programs, during which participants learned how to make Harry’s favorite beverage, butterbeer, and a Seven Deadly Days of Harry Potter book discussion had both teens and adults discuss a different book in the series each day. The library hosted more than forty different programs over the course of the week.
In celebration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Paris-Bourbon County (Ky.) Public Library developed a new Harry Potter–themed Check ‘em out @ your library page with links to the library’s collection of Harry Potter books, audiobooks, and movies, as well as recommended online Potter resources. Earlier this summer, the Phoenix Public Library hosted Harry Potter fun @ your library. Hogwarts: The Summer Session, was a series of programs, movies, and games geared toward teen Potter fans. The program wrapped up with Harry Potter: The Final Battle, which included a costume contest, Horcrux scavenger hunt, and potion-making classes.
As part of its Art @ your library program, the St. Louis County (Mo.) Public Library hosted Harry Potter Fest. The library invited “non-muggles” to the library for a free screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Participants were encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character and take part in Harry Potter games.
Be sure to check out additional Harry Potter content on ALA’s public awareness website, @ your library, including an interview with Harry Potter himself, actor Daniel Radcliff discussing Harry Potter, his READ poster, and libraries.
Megan McFarlane is Campaign Coordinator for the Campaign for America’s Libraries with the American Library Association Public Information Office.