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Library wins Harry Potter anniversary party

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library will host a party on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The library was one of 15 nationwide to win a party through the Harry Potter Librarian Contest by Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books. The contest celebrates the anniversary of the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Inspired by the series, librarians submitted ideas for celebrations designed to introduce a new generation of readers to the world of Harry Potter. Ideas included Potter-themed food, trivia contests, costumes, live owls, house-sortings, Quidditch matches, wand-making, and Hogwarts classes such as potions, divination and herbology. A panel of judges selected the winners based on creativity, originality and promotional plans.

“We are thrilled to see librarians and libraries remain passionate and committed to spreading their love of Harry Potter,” said Ellie Berger, Scholastic’s president of trade publishing. “The entries were so creative in their plans to recreate Harry’s world in their libraries.”

All 15 parties will be on or around Aug. 27, the date Scholastic will release new U.S. trade paperback editions of the Harry Potter books, featuring all-new covers by New York Times bestselling author/artist Kazu Kibuishi.

The DeKalb party will be from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, inside the library, 309 Oak St. Guests can enter through the wall at Platform 9 3/4. Once inside, they will be sorted into houses, meet “Harry Potter,” enjoy snacks in the Great Hall and more.

The library also will receive 100 copies of the new paperback edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to give away at the celebration; a paperback boxed set of all seven Harry Potter books, signed by cover artist Kazu Kibuishi, for the library’s collection; a $100 gift card to be spent on the celebration; and a Harry Potter event kit with stickers, name tags, bookmarks, activities and more.

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