Harry New Year!

Quick question: are you still allowed to say Happy New Year if in fact it’s nearly the end of January…? Cue a rapturous response of “where on earth has the time gone?!”

We’ve already got lots of exciting things planned on the horizon – author visits, picture book parties, Carnegie shadowing events – but for our first post of 2015 we’d thought we’d show you this half term’s display in our Mobile Library van which is Harry Potter themed:

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(Only one very very battered copy of The Philosopher’s Stone was harmed in the making of this display).

You may be wondering, “why Harry Potter?” Well, aside from having several big HP fans in our office, Bloomsbury recently republished the books with new cover illustrations by the ever-brilliant Jonny Duddle AND this time next week – Thursday 5th February – will see the inaugural Harry Potter Book Night, where children, grown-ups, schools, libraries and everyone else across the globe will be celebrating and sharing their love for JK Rowling’s books and characters. The first in the series was published 18(!) years ago this year and while there are generations who experienced the exciting publication of each new installment between 1997-2007, there are many more just discovering the magical adventures of Harry and his friends.

If you live in Norfolk, several branches across the county are holding special sessions, brief details of which are below. If you’re interested in attending or would like additional information, we would really advise contacting the branches directly – you can find all the information you need on the Norfolk Libraries website.

  • Hellesdon Library: Thursday 5th Feb, 6-7.30pm
  • Mile Cross Library: Thursday 5th Feb, 3.30-5pm (advanced booking required!)
  • Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library: Thursday 5th February, 5.45-7.30pm (advanced booking required!)
  • North Walsham Library: Thursday 5th February, 5-6.30pm
  • Plumstead Road Library: Thursday 5th February, 5-6.30pm
  • Taverham Library: Thursday 5th February, 6-7.30pm
  • Earlham Library: Saturday 7th February 11am-12.30pm

Our local Waterstones in Norwich is also hosting an event, details of which can be found here.

If you’re looking for resources, there is lots on the official website including this great event kit. If your school does something special, or you visit one of the library events- we’d love to see!

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