Wizards and Muggles Unite!
Local Libraries are hosting Harry Potter Book Night Programs

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey libraries offer nine opportunities to celebrate the wonder and magic of Harry Potter February 1 & 2

(Somerset County, NJ: January 9, 2017) Almost two decades ago, a young boy emerged from a cupboard under the stairs and walked right into the hearts of millions of people. Today, with over 400 million copies of the books sold worldwide, Harry Potter still has a strong presence in readers of all ages.

“Harry Potter continues to be popular, especially with the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ this past summer,” said Laura Frantz, SCLSNJ collection development librarian. “For the Harry Potter enthusiasts looking for something new, I suggest the illustrated versions of the first two books that were released in 2015 and 2016, which can be found in our library branches. There are also a few book tie-ins with the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie–such as the ‘Magical Movie Handbook’ and the ‘Character Guide’–based on J.K.Rowling’s book. There are lots of ways Harry Potter fans can explore the world of fantasy; just ask one of our staff members.”

“For Harry Potter make this lower case fans, Rowling’s universe is more than an entertaining escape,” said Jessica Trujillo, SCLSNJ’s youth services manager. “With the Harry Potter series we are given a way to understand our world and ourselves. With every re-read, we are reminded that love and hope will always triumph over hatred and fear. We are reminded that every one of us can be a hero in our own way. Harry Potter Book Night gives us all a chance to come together to celebrate this series that has made such an impact on us.”

Harry Potter fans are invited to Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s library branches this February for some very magical programs.

Meet Harry Potter’s Creatures, presented by Unique Creatures (6+ years old)
February 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
February 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch, located at 12 Stirling Road in Watchung
February 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch, located at the Municipal complex on School Street in Peapack
Unique Creatures will bring a few of the scaled, slimy, feathered, and furry critters that inspired J.K. Rowling to create the famous non-human characters in her books.

Harry Potter – The Professors of Hogwarts (grades 4-10)
February 2, 4-5:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High Street in Bound Brook
Attention all wizards, witches and muggles: your presence is requested for student orientation. Meet some of our extraordinary professors and get a taste of what to expect in the wizarding world by taking part in simple classroom activities. Afterwards, be prepared to partake in a special magical assignment within the building. Afternoon tea will be served.

Harry Potter Book Night (family program)
February 2, 6:30-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield
Conduct magical crafts and activities as well as have a prize for the most dashing witch or wizard. All the festivities will culminate in a sharing of Harry Potter-inspired snacks.

The Blind Pig: Secret Speakeasy (teens and adults)
February 2, 6:30-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield
Visit the famous magical speakeasy of the recently released “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film. Celebrate the wizarding world with food, games and prizes. Create your own fantastic beasts, get sorted into an Ilvermorny house, and participate in the wonderful world of Harry Potter trivia. Everyone is encouraged to dress in your best 1920s wizard garb.

Harry Potter Party (grades 3-8)
February 2, 6:30-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill
Join us for a sorting ceremony, wand-making and wizard duel, potions class, Jeopardy-style trivia contest, and delicious treats. Arrive in costume and earn an extra entry toward our prize raffles.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Discussion (10+ years old)
February 2, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren
Come and discuss the new Harry Potter play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” with us. We will talking about the plot, the format, and how this fits into the Harry Potter universe.

Harry Potter Book Night: The Professors of Hogwarts (all ages)
February 2, 6-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough
First, stop by Ollivander’s to make your own wand. Then, enter Hogwarts and be sorted into a house, where you will make a tie in your house colors. After that, you are off to your classes where your professors will teach you how to Divine, create potions, discover your patronus, and take care of a dragon egg. If you arrive in costume, you’ll earn an entry toward our prize raffle. Registration is not required. Supplies are limited.

Registration is required to attend these programs unless otherwise indicated. To register, visit SCLSNJ.org or contact your local SCLSNJ library branch.

About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.