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Library Happenings – Harry Potter celebration continues in August

By Angie Georgeff

Our month-long celebration of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books continues with a wand-making workshop that will be held today from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Drop in whenever it is convenient for you and craft a wand to suit your personality, whether it is plain or fancy.

In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Mr. Ollivander tells Harry, “The wand chooses the wizard.” In this case, each individual gets to choose the wand along with all of its adornments and eccentricities. Use your imagination and exercise your skills to make your wand as unique as you are.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, we will test your knowledge of the books with Harry Potter trivia at 6 p.m. This event may appeal to the entire family, and I am curious to see whether a child or adult will know the most about Harry and his world. “Potions class” will be meeting Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 3:30-5 p.m. Fortunately, Professor Snape will not be teaching this lesson, so “butterbeer-flavored” lip balm will be the product of all the measuring and mixing instead of Polyjuice Potion.

If you have not already done so, be sure to pick up a schedule of events and a listing of the local businesses where items in the scavenger hunt can be located. We have events scheduled every Wednesday during August, but not all will be held at the same time. In an effort to accommodate a variety of schedules, other events will be offered on Friday or Saturday. Be sure to check your schedule or our Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens Facebook page for more information.

Spotlight Book

The labyrinth of Greek mythology was an especially intricate maze built near Knossos in Crete to house the monstrous Minotaur. The creature was the offspring of the Cretan Queen Pasiphae and the Cretan Bull, and was born to punish King Minos for disobeying the Greek sea god Poseidon. Its appetite for human flesh confined it to the labyrinth, which conveniently made escape (almost) impossible for the unfortunate youths and maidens who were chosen to be sacrificed to it.

Catherine Coulter’s new FBI thriller “Labyrinth” appears to be well named, with enough twists, turns, shocks and deceptions to satisfy any fan. When Lacey Sherlock becomes the victim of an apparent traffic accident in downtown Washington, she loses consciousness, but not before seeing a man hit her windshield. In the hospital, she is told the man ran away from the scene of the accident. DNA analysis reveals that the man is a CIA analyst, and he is missing. Meanwhile, Dillon Savich is called in to assist Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, who has been arrested along with a woman whom he rescued from a kidnapper. The charges may arise from the fact that the kidnapper is the sheriff’s nephew.