Young Potterheads celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday

July 28, 2018

Alton Counts, 6, of Huntington, participates in the Harry Potter Birthday Bash on Friday at the Cabell County Public Library.

HUNTINGTON — T he youth room at the Cabell County Public Library transformed into Hogwarts on Friday as young wizards, witches and even muggles celebrated Harry Potter’s birthday.

The event was organized by librarian Olivia Picklesimer, who is a lifelong Potterhead eager to share the magic with the community.

“It’s something that parents pass down, already generations,” Picklesimer said. “I feel like it’s going to keep going for more generations. It’s Harry Potter. It’s magic.”

Picklesimer said they celebrated Harry’s birthday, which is July 31, a few days early as a way to wrap up the library’s summer reading program with

a party. Children were sorted into houses upon arrival and participated in activities such as making wands, pin the scar on Harry, spells and charms, and Quidditch.

“It’s about literacy,” Picklesimer said. “They come to the party and they want to read the books. The party will lead into the reading. It gets the kids into the library. Once the party is over, they’re going to hang around, maybe check out some books and read.”

In addition to promoting literacy, Picklesimer said youth programs in the library are about forming community.

“You would not believe the friendships and relationships that form between parents who come in regularly,” Picklesimer said. “They see each other on a regular basis and they start talking.”

The library’s biggest youth event of the year, a Princess Tea Party, will take place Aug. 18 beginning at 11 a.m.

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