Magic show closes 2017 Great Read celebration of first Harry Potter book’s 20th anniversary
February 17, 2017

The 2017 Great Read community literacy program will close its celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book with a Harry Potter-themed family magic show at its February 28, 2017 Closing Gala.

The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook. The special program concludes a month of Potter-related events at The Great Read’s 10 partner libraries.

The winners of the 2017 Great Read Harry Potter Art Contest will also be announced. Local winners’ artwork will be on display, and the grand prizes will be awarded in three age groups.

Registration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite wizard or Muggle outfits. Refreshments and book giveaways will be available as long as supplies last.

The Great Read is a consortium of public and private organizations promoting literacy, reading, conversation, and community in Plainfield and surrounding southwest suburban partner communities since 2004.

It is nearly impossible to express the full impact that Harry Potter has had on world culture since Harry and his two best friends searched for the “Sorcerer’s Stone” (or “Philosopher’s Stone, in England) in 1997.

However, the books’ economic impact is clear: more than 500 million copies have sold of the seven “core” Harry Potter books, and the associated movies have generated $7.7 billion in ticket sales.

The first Harry Potter books have been credited with saving the traditional publishing industry.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

The Great Read is proudly presented by the Fountaindale Public Library District; Joliet Junior College; Joliet Public Library; Lemont Public Library District; Plainfield Public Library District; Plainfield School District 202; Shorewood-Troy Public Library District; and the White Oak Library District.

The Great Read is also supported by generous grants and in-kind support from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence; the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library; Plainfield Township; the Joliet-area Barnes & Noble store; Voyager Media; and participating organizations.

More information, including Harry Potter-related books, films and a calendar of events is posted on the Great Read web site: www.greatread.org.

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