I solemnly swear that we’re all about to be up to no good, this weekend at the Westerville Public Library.
The library is hosting a magical, Wizards & Wands Festival, free of charge and fun for the whole fam. On October 26, the library will be transformed into a wizarding wonderland.
Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities including a scavenger hunt, trivia, science experiments, crafts, play stations, and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Admission is free. Those who complete a variety of activities will receive raffle tickets for prizes including $100 Universal gift cards, AMC family of 4 ticket packages, a Hogwarts Great Hall LEGO set, or raffle baskets full of magical goodies.
Naturally, muggles are pretty excited about the event. “I cannot wait to see the Wizarding World come to life inside the Westerville Public Library again. They always do such an amazing job coming up with interesting activities, fun games, and incredible entertainment that really capture the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece,” said teen volunteer Abbie George. “Some of my favorite memories [from past events] have been snacking on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans while making my own wand, along with posing as a prisoner of Azkaban. I’m so looking forward to experiencing all the fun planned at this year’s Wizards & Wands Festival.”
The event was originally planned as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the SOrcerer’s Stone, but it’s grown into something truly magical. “Libraries are places that inspire magic, filled with stories that can take you to extraordinary worlds,” said Annamarie Carlson, Youth Services Librarian for the Westerville Public Library and lead planner for the event. “The Wizards & Wands Festival embraces that sense of wonder.”
As visitors wander through alleys of fake storefronts and hidden passageways, they will see stiltwalkers, magicians, a rock band, a fortune teller, and even a living statue. (Here’s hoping it’s not a “Weeping Angels” situation!)
“We’re transforming the entire building into an after-hours extravaganza. We’re bringing the starry night sky inside to light up the ceiling and a glowing dragon will be taking over the children’s area. You’ve never seen the library like this before. Every inch of this place is going to have something cool going on,” said Erin Huffman, Programming & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Westerville Public Library.
Due to Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville, large crowds are expected in the city. Free public parking can be found at the following locations:
Westerville Public Library (onsite): Parking lots are located behind the library. Follow signs from Walnut Street. Handicapped parking available.
Westerville City Hall (0.2 miles): Access via W. College Avenue.
Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau (0.3 miles): Access via W. Main Street.
The Gathering Place, across from the Church of the Messiah (0.3 miles): At the corner of State Street and E. Home Street.
Whittier Elementary School (0.4 miles): Access via E. Walnut Street.
Blendon Middle School & Westerville South High School (0.7 miles): Free shuttles (QTY: 3) will run continuously from 6-9pm, picking up in front of the school buildings along Otterbein Ave and dropping off at the library’s main entrance. One bus will be wheelchair accessible. Pickup & drop-off locations will be marked with signs and balloons.
Wizards & Wands Festival will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 26. Admission is free. For more information, visit westervillelibrary.org/wizards.