at Oldham library a treat
Harry Potter fans
(December 2001) Crestwood, Ky The Harry Potter
craze comes to South Oldham Public Library from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2001 in the magical form of Holidays
at Hogwarts Magic Show and Book Fair.
This family event is aimed at elementary
aged children and their parents. A magic show will miraculously
conspire at 6:30 pm to entertain patrons, with Louisville-based
magician Mr. Magic.
Jeff Russ (a.k.a. Mr. Magic) said he provides an
interactive comedy magic show that adults
will enjoy as well.
Skits will be geared towards the holidays, Russ said.
He will incorporate such symbols of the season as a Christmas
stocking and candle into his 45-minute act.
Russ has performed full time as Mr. Magic since 1994,
booking 648 shows this year alone. His interest in magic
began 27 years ago at a family reunion when a cousins
magic tricks sparked his curiosity. He started out performing
typical tricks of the trade, using simple props like cards
Russ was 13 at the time and has been fascinated with magic
ever since. He even went to school with now famous master
magician, Lance Burton, who was born and raised in Louisville.
As a professional magician, Russ said that what he has
seen of the Harry Potter books he finds interesting, even
though he has not read the books.
The books, however, are certainly in demand according
to Susan Eubank, Assistant Library Director for Oldham
County Public Libraries. The South Oldham branch owns
three copies of each of the four J.K. Rowling books and
they are rarely on the shelves, said Eubank.
Their popularity has led the library to present Holiday
at Hogwarts Magic Show and Book Fair to celebrate
the season. The childrens area of the library will
be transformed to resemble the Great Hall at Hogwarts
Each child attending the party receives a free pair of
round Harry Potter spectacles and a lightening bolt tattoo.
Eubank said that cookies and punch based on recipes from
the books will be served. Children can look forward to
punch made with Fizzing Whizbees Levitation Sherbet Balls
and Golden Snitch cookies. There will be drawings for
prizes including Harry Potter movie passes and copies
of the movie picture book.
Eubank said that the biggest advantage of the series is
that it has encouraged kids to read. The book
fair provides a chance to promote the reading habit farther
by allowing parents the opportunity to select new books
for their children for Christmas.
The book fair will feature Usborne Childrens Books,
which are a line of educational material that make reading
and learning fun. Usborne Books were created by Peter
Usborne, and are illustrated in England. They are published
in more than 40 languages.
The more than 1,000 titles available incorporate puzzles,
humor, detailed illustrations, and hands-on experiments.
At a starting cost of only $3.95, 80 percent of the titles
can be purchased for under $10.
Each branch of the Oldham County Public Library system
is planning a Holidays at Hogwarts party for
children and their parents, but on different nights. The
Duerson branch in La Grange, Ky., will play host to its
party during Light Up La Grange on Friday,
Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the magic show beginning
at 7 p.m.
The South Oldham branch in Crestwood, Ky., will play host
to its party in conjunction with Christmas in Crestwood
on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the magic
show beginning at 6:30 pm. The Mahan branch in Goshen
will play host to its party on Monday, Dec. 10, from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. with the magic show beginning at 6:30 pm.
For information, call (502) 241-9899.