Pity the fools who still think libraries are places where books go to die. Little do they know that these publicly funded institutions are one of the best places to drink from the cup of popular culture. Take Saturday, July 21, the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows drops: libraries from Maine to California are staging some seriously cool events that could make for great date nights when you’re low on dough and sick of the local discotheque. Sure, you might be outnumbered by children (sadly, it appears that a lot of Potter events are for kids and teens only), but who cares when you can catch a glimpse of Scholastic’s purple Knight Bus (see left)?
Without further ado, here are where some of the parties are at:
—The Oakland P.L. will host a wizard hat and wand making with local artists.
—At the El Paso P.L., Potter heads will partake in trivia and a costume contest.
—The Mary Vinson Memorial P.L.‘s Party-That-Must-Not-Be-Named will feature Ollivander’s Wand Raffle and, of all things, the Society for Promotion of Elfish Welfare Clothes Drive.
—At the Champaign P.L., there will be a grueling though no doubt well-attended read-a-thon.
—The Main Branch of the Brooklyn P.L. will do a tattoo parlor, which sounds adult-friendly to me.