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Santa Barbara Public Library to Host a Magical Celebration for Harry Potter’s Birthday

Wizards and muggles alike are invited to join Santa Barbara Public Library for an evening of magic, Tuesday, July 31st, from 7-9 pm at Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu.

This all ages, family-friendly event will include a visit from the Audubon Society “Eyes in the Sky” Live Owl presentation from 7:00-8:00 pm. Teams can sign up to compete in rounds of “Family Feud” style wizard trivia, join in a wizard dance party, stop by the green screen Quidditch photo booth, take a Potions class, learn about plants in a Master Gardeners herbology class. Wizards make all kinds of crafts including wands and a Marauder’s Map, and sign up for a chance to escape from Snape’s detention for a trip to Hogsmeade in our escape room! Participants can also complete a Magical Creatures class collecting all the hippogriffs, billiwigs, dragons, and more in a scavenger hunt. Costumes are encouraged, and a costume contest will be held at 8:00 pm-8:30 pm.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has inspired a love of reading for the past twenty years since the books first began to be published in the United States. The worldwide cultural phenomenon is a story of magic, friendship, and standing against evil. “At the library, our goal for the summer is to encourage children, families, and readers of all ages to explore new worlds through stories, learn a new skill, and connect with one another. Harry Potter’s Birthday Party is just one of the ways we’re inviting the community of Santa Barbara to choose adventure this summer,” said Library Director Jessica Cadiente.

There’s still time for readers of all ages to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. Information on sign up and prize drawings are available on the library’s website.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party Activities include:

  • Audubon Society Eyes in the Sky Live Owl Presentation 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Potions Chemistry Class 7:00-9:00 pm, classes of 12 every 20 minutes, sign up begins at 6:45 pm
  • Escape Room 7:00-9:00 pm, groups of 3-6 participants every 20 minutes, sign up begins at 6:45 pm
  • “Family Feud” Style Wizard Trivia, 7:00-9:00 pm, 2 teams of 3-6 participants every 20 minutes, sign up beings at 6:45 pm
  • Costume Contest sign up begins at 8:00 pm, Winners announced at 8:30 pm
  • Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, Green Screen Photo Booth, Herbology Class, Wizard Dance Party from 7:00-9:00 pm

To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Molly Wetta
Senior Librarian
(805) 564-5642 |

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