The Witching Hour Approaches at SPL: For Kids & Grownups

By Devon Laudenslager

Calling all witches and wizards! Join us on Saturday, October 8, for a library fundraiser where we transform the building into Hogwarts and kids become wizardry students. Timed tickets are on sale at the Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

The Hogwarts Experience, for children in grades K-5: Enter through Platform 9 3/4, get sorted into houses, take wizarding classes throughout the castle! Timed tickets required for 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., or 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Quidditch drills in Central Park amphitheater; crafts in Hagrid’s Hut on the lawn for families & children of all ages; and fun and photo ops are free and open to everyone from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TriWizard Trivia, for children in grades 5 & up — answer trivia questions from all seven books, and perform challenges with your housemates to win the House Cup! Timed tickets required; choose 4 p.m. or 5:15 p.m.

For grownups, 21 and over, the Saturday night Yule Ball and Silent Auction features food, drinks, music, and a silent auction, as part of our Harry Potter Day library fundraiser. Once a year we transform our entire building into the magical Hogwarts Castle. Dance, drink, nosh, and chat from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. under the floating candles in our Great Hall, and peruse our Silent Auction items, on display throughout our enchanted building. Costumes or spiffy muggle-wear encouraged.

Tickets ($15) are required for all events; buy early since space is limited. Proceeds go towards building a Storybook Walk in Little Crum Creek Park. Call or stop by the Swarthmore Public Library to purchase your tickets; more info is at Questions? Willing to volunteer? E-mail Devon Laudenslager at or call (610) 543-3171.

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