Harry Potter Casts a Spell on the Livingston Library

Harry Potter fans were able to celebrate their wizard love at two Livingston Library events.

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Close to 500 fans, some in costume, attended our Harry Potter Family Halloween event.  Children went from station to station to create Mini Monster Books, Edible Wizard Hats, Charms Practice (a.k.a. Dementor Bowling) and complete a Riddle Challenge to free Dobby from danger.  The night would not be complete without a family photo op on Platform 9 3/4.

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Teens had the library to themselves on a Saturday night as they competed in house events, earning points for prizes while the library was closed!  Houses Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin played Quidditch, mixed potions, answered HP trivia questions and conducted a Horcrux Hunt as they searched for the seven pieces of Voldemort’s fragmented soul.

After the House Competition, teens enjoyed snacks of wizard hats and homemade butterbeer while viewing the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the big screen.

The winning house members earned special prizes, a few special participants earned door prizes and all other wizard fans reached into the giant cauldron for a goodie bag.

The foam on the butterbeer of the night: the Livingston Library Teen Advisory Board planned, organized and helped run the event.

—  Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian 

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Message from the Director: Teen Murder Mystery

Dear Livingston Library Community,

Everybody loves a mystery!  This Wednesday, August 1st, will mark the 15th consecutive year that the Livingston Public Library hosts a Murder Mystery program just for teens.  Over the years this fun and unique program has evolved from a script-based program to one written, implemented and performed entirely by teens for teens.

This year’s theme is “Murder” at the Music Festival. Participants (grades 6-12) will watch the talented cast perform a skit with eyes and ears peeled for revealing details about the characters.  When the skit is over they will work in teams to follow clues, question suspects, and examine evidence to uncover the “killer.”  Everyone is a suspect.  No one in the cast or audience knows who the murderer is until the big secret is unveiled.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like so much fun I (almost) find myself wishing I was a teenager again just so I could participate! Encourage the teens in your life to register for this evening of intrigue and make an unforgettable Library memory.

“What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one’s house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.”
― Agatha Christie, The Body in the Library

All the best,