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County Library System Heading to Hogwarts for Harry Potter Celebration

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - All 10 branches of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey are heading to Hogwarts for the first ever international Harry Potter Book Night, being held Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.

Harry Potter made its American debut in 1998, and topped the “New York Times” list of best-selling fiction in August 1999. The seven books in the series have been translated into 68 languages, selling more than 400 million copies in more than 200 countries.

“Last year, there was a study published in Journal of Applied Social Psychology that stated that young people who have read the Harry Potter series – and identify with Harry – are more likely to be accepting of all cultures and groups,” Laura Mellor, head of youth services at the Hillsborough library branch, said in a release. “This series truly is one that is worth revisiting time and time again.”

By individual library, these are the events being held as part of the celebration:

  • Watchung Library Branch – For all ages, the library will have Harry Potter inspired take home activities and resources available.
  • Peapack and Gladstone Library Branch – From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 5, children can enter the hunt for the Horcruxes, and those who find all seven will receive a small prize.
  • Somerville Library Branch – From 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, a Quidditch Game will take place between the Houses of Hogwarts School, for kids in grades three through five.
  • Bound Brook Memorial Library Branch – From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5, kids in grades three through seven can test their trivia knowledge in a Wizard Exam, play fun games, make their own wizard’s wand and enjoy Harry Potter inspired snacks. Kids can come dressed as their favorite characters.
  • Hillsborough Library Branch – From 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Feb. 5, students in grades four through eight can celebrate with trivia, crafts, games, prizes and more. Those who arrive in costume will earn an extra entry toward a prize raffle.
  • Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Branch – From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 5, children in grades three and up can drop in for games, activities and quizzes to celebrate everything Harry Potter.
  • Manville Library Branch – From 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, all ages, muggles, wizards, witches and fans can come for games, crafts and more. Kids should wear their best wizard, witch or Muggle costumes.
  • North Plainfield Memorial Library Branch – From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 5, all ages can be part of magical crafts and activities, as well as a costume contest for the most dashing witch or wizard. The festivities will end with a sharing of snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter.
  • Warren Township Library Branch – From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 5, kids in grades three and up can play Potter trivia and games, snack on Potter-inspired snacks, create crafts and more. Guests should wear wizarding robes, Harry Potter fancy dress or the best Muggle attire.
  • Bridgewater Township Library – From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 6, students in grades four through six, Harry Potter Night will continue, with games, crafts, movies and snacks. Crafts are encouraged. Because this is an after-hours event, registration is required.

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