— The Akron-Summit County Public Library will celebrate another summer of reading by presenting its first-ever Potter Faire Akron, Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Main Library.
Visitors are invited to spend the afternoon at the Main Library version of Hogwarts, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in wizarding classes and use the map to complete the scavenger hunt, collecting points for their House. They’re also encouraged to share their experience using the #potterfaireakron hashtag.
Schedule of Events:
1 to 2 p.m. History of Magic
Dr. Matthew Crawford of Kent State University explains how magical traditions during the Renaissance were borrowed and adapted into what we know as modern science and medicine today.
Join fellow wizards in the auditorium for the costume contest and announcement of the House Cup winner.
1:30 to 4 p.m.
The Garden Trio Corridor will be transformed into the Hogwarts Great Hall- attendees may start there to be sorted into their house, get a house button and pick up a Marauder’s Map to see all of the activities and take part in the scavenger hunt. They may go back to the Great Hall later to take part in the House Cup.
Charms Class and Defense Against the Dark Arts and will be located in the Children’s Library. Participants may make a wand and use it to put a boggart back where it belongs.
The first floor will house the Daily Prophet and the Quibbler. Stop by for a photo shoot. In addition, staff from the Akron Global Polymer Academy will teach Potions class, where sports drinks will change colors before their eyes. There will also be an exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, which was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Before heading to Hogsmeade, attendees are encouraged to stop at Transfiguration Class to register for the costume contest, which will take place at 3:30 p.m., then practice their Quidditch skills and stop at the Common Room to watch a movie or take their O. W. L. S.
Hogsmeade will bring merriment with balloon tying, face painting and food purchased from the Stray Dog Café.
Before stopping at the Hogwart’s Library, participants also may sign up for Mind, Body and Soul, the summer reading program for all ages. And remember to put the tokens earned in the House Cups. The winner will be announced after the costume contest.
All programs are free and open to the public. Parking in the parking garage and on city streets is free on weekends.
For info, contact Downtown Services Manager Patty Marsh at [email protected] or (330) 643-9081.