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Anderson Co. Library Picked Out of Hundreds to Host Harry Potter Party

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Craft Projects made from Old Harry Potter Pages. Craft Projects made from Old Harry Potter Pages.
Sara Leady drawing Hogwarts Castle for "Sorcerer's Stone Soiree" Sara Leady drawing Hogwarts Castle for "Sorcerer's Stone Soiree"
New cover art for Harry Potter Series debuts. New cover art for Harry Potter Series debuts.
House Logos waiting to be hung. House Logos waiting to be hung.
Librarians and other staff will be dressed up as characters. Librarians and other staff will be dressed up as characters.

It's been 15 years since "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" first hit book shelves. To celebrate the milestone libraries across the country are having a party and Anderson County Library is one of them.

Anderson County was picked by Scholastic out of hundreds to be one of the 15 libraries to hold a party. It's the only location in the Southeast, something Library "Tween" Advocate Sara Leady calls a huge accomplishment.

"I think us winning and being able to share with kids I think is unbelievable," Leady says.

The Harry Potter series first entered the hearts of fans in 1998. With this new milestone, Scholastic is also debuting new cover art. They hope it will help a new generation read.

"When you're reading a book, that's your world, it's your magic, your world, your imagination," Leady says. 

Leady says that's something video games, movies and other technology can't compete with.

Leady wrote the 500 word essay that brought the win to Anderson County. Scholastic has given the library 100 copies of the new paperback edition of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to give away at the party, a gift card to spend on the celebration and other Harry Potter Memorabilia.

Anderson County's Party called the "Sorcerer's Stone Soiree" will also feature crafts made from pages of old, damaged Harry Potter books. They will also be serving food based one the books and have librarians dressed in character.

The "Sorcerer's Stone Soiree," held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The party is meant for kids in 5th to 7th grade. It is free but reservations must be made by August 24 by calling 260-4500, Ext. 158.

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