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Greenburgh Library Celebrates Harry Potter Website

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Saturday morning at the Greenburgh Public Library, Steven Barrios typed briskly on the computer’s keyboard, and the Pottermore website popped up on the screen.

“It’s working,” he said to teen services librarian Kate Colquitt, who was sitting next to him.

“Oh, cool,” Colquitt said. “I have to sign in, I want to make my own account.”

Created by Harry Potter’s author J. W. Rowling and launched on July 31 as a beta-test version for the first one million registrants, Pottermore will become available to everybody only at the end of October.

But that won’t stop the Pottermore party that the Greenbugh Public Library is holding on Wednesday for tweens and teens of fifth grade and up.

Colquitt explained that the idea came from the library’s teen volunteers, known as “volunteens.”

“Some of them have been to the Orlando Harry Potter studios,” she said. “They wanted to do something here and I came up with a way to do it.”

Barrios, 16, a Woodlands junior, was one of the about 20 “volunteens” gathered in the library two weeks ago, when the Pottermore party was first discussed.

“Most of us love Harry Potter, we love the series, so we decided to celebrate,” said Barrios, who after four months as “volunteen” became also a part-timer in the library.

“I thought it was impressive the way we organized it in a short notice,” he added.

Barrios ran his finger over the Marauders Map that Colquitt created, a sketch of the different activities taking place in the party, all represented by names and drawings related to the series.

“We will have a Wii where people can play games, Harry Potter games,” Barrios said, pointing to the “Wand Wii-fare” letters next to the Slytherin serpent.

Teens will also be able to take pictures wearing Harry Potter masks and have artists painting the famous lightning bolt on their heads.

Even the food will have to do with the series, Barrios said, mentioning butter beer and pumpkin juice.

“It’s like different things into one,” he said.

The party is scheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Greenburgh Public Library on 300 Tarrytown Rd, starting at 7 p.m. People can register by calling 914-721-8224 or emailing greenteen@greenburghlibrary.org.

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