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The all-ages 'Holidays at Hogwarts' program is scheduled for the afternoon of Dec. 21.

FILE - Teens dress up in 'Harry Potter' costumes for the opening of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' in 2011."Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts..."

The enchanted castle where boy wizard Harry Potter and his friends learned magic in the beloved young adult book series by British author J.K. Rowling is coming to the Tualatin Public Library.

Sure, you can already check out books in the "Harry Potter" series at the library. But next Wednesday, Dec. 21, the library will host a "Holiday at Hogwarts" program for all ages in its community room, bringing a bit of the Wizarding World to life for patrons.

"Last year, we did a 'Star Wars' holiday thing, so this is kind of along that same line," said children's librarian Sam Wikstrom. "What we typically do over the winter break is try to take a break from our 'regularly scheduled programming' and offer some things that are going to have broad appeal to lots of ages. So 'Star Wars' last year, because of the movie ('The Force Awakens,' which premiered in theaters last December), was just bonkers."

This fall, the film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" thrust audiences back into the world of Harry Potter, with a setting decades before the young wizard's adventures at Hogwarts and battles with the evil Lord Voldemort. Wikstrom said that gave her and teen services librarian Aimee Meuchel a timely opportunity to put on a "Harry Potter" holiday party.

"As youth librarians, we take any opportunity we can to celebrate Harry Potter," Wikstrom said. "We love the dude."

She remarked, "Some of the books aren't really the best-written books in the world, but (Rowling) is an excellent storyteller and got so many kids excited about reading. She's kind of a librarian's best friend."

"Holidays at Hogwarts" begins at 2 p.m. in the library community room. Patrons are encouraged to come in costume. There will be a "Harry Potter" trivia contest at 3 p.m., and then costumes will be judged at 3:30 p.m.

Themed snacks and drinks will also be served. Wikstrom said there will be "lots of little games with little prizes," along with "a few bigger prizes."

The event is not just for children and teenagers, Wikstrom said, but for adults as well.

"Anybody who is an enthusiastic 'Harry Potter' fan should come and enjoy," she said.

The Tualatin Library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave. The "Harry Potter" party is one of several family-friendly programs being held at the library over winter break, which starts this weekend for local schools.

By Mark Miller
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