World of Harry Potter coming to library; subhead: Extravaganza celebrating book series set for March 2

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FOL Board members (Left to right) Beth Brabble, Brandy Goodwin, Sarah Mcloughin and President Lee Lolkema proudly stand in front of Harry Potter preview display created by Vonna O'Neill


By Gerard Cooney
For the Chowan Herald

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What book series, first published in 1998, became one of the most popular fiction series of all time? That’s easy! The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.

Of course, if you are a fan of the series, you know that Muggles are people who don’t recognize any magical abilities in themselves. However, that may change as the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library Friends are hosting a Harry Potter Extravaganza Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Magic wands will be waved, and you will reappear on Platform 9 3/4 in London’s King’s Cross Train Station.

To coincide with the event, the Taylor Theater will host two free screenings of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1. The screenings are for children under 12 years of age who attend with an adult.

“The whole library will be an open house of displays, activities, games, and many more things that are so special that we are keeping them very, very secretive until the Party,” whispered Lee Lolkema, president of the Friends of the Library. “Hey, the New York Library and the Chicago Museum held Harry Potter shows, so Edenton’s Public Library is next in line.”

“For a preview of what’s in store for you on March 2nd, stop by the Library anytime and see the fabulous display on Harry Potter in the lobby,” Lolkema said. “Vonna O’Neill, who creates the monthly lobby displays, is a fabulous artist, but this display is an outstanding example of her work.”

The Friends of the Library (FOL) are volunteers and donors who support many activities including Children’s programs, computer purchases, lecture series for adults, historical archives and fundraising initiatives. “We have 13 volunteers on the FOL, and we receive support from the new over 160 paid members,” she said. “Beth Brabble, Brandy Goodwin, Sarah McLaughlin, Jennifer Finlay and Vonna O’Neill, in particular, have been putting in a lot of hours to work on the Harry Potter Extravaganza. We want you to dress up too. We encourage you to don your best magical garb. Wizards and witches, squibs and muggles, you have been called to come to our party.

“We are Harry Potter fans and we want to introduce the books to a new generation of readers. The books take you into other worlds, and the magic we can create with our imaginations. We are demonstrating new technology at our event too. We have set up a 3-D printing display and crafted an augmented reality room. It is so fitting to display these new technologies at this event. They are so exciting, they are magic!

“The library is more than just books. We are the cultural hub of Edenton,” Loklema mused. “All are welcome. It’s the best place in town. You don’t need to bring in anything, but you can walk away with a treasure of knowledge.”

People of all ages are welcome to attend the free party at the Library, 106 W. Water St., Edenton.