Book Release Party for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – Sat. July 30

Saturday July 30th, 2016

The day will start with a Reading Relay at the Evanston Public Library at Noon—come and read a paragraph, a page or a chapter as we attempt to get through as much of the series as possible, in several locations, before midnight! Bring your own book or read one of ours.  Drop in to the EPL Childrens’ Library and check out their two quiet time Potter inspired activities.

The EPL closes at 6pm,  when the action will move to our town’s very own Wizarding School: Northwestern University’s Deering Library.

A pick up Quidditch Game will gather on the Deering Meadow at 6pm.  Bring a friend, bring a Quaffle, prepare to run/fly fast.

At 7:00 pm an Animal Keeper will present a class on the Care and Feeding of Creatures on the Deering Steps.

The Reading Relay will continue in the Deering Library, Evanston’s very own Hogwarts, along with Wand Making, and  Basic Spells.

From 8:30 pm to 8:45 pm there will be a costume contest judging—one award for best existing character cosplay, and one award for best ORIGINAL Character cosplay!

At 9 pm, all visitors are encouraged to parade back to downtown Evanston and DiagonAlley (on Sherman Avenue) just outside of Bookends and Beginnings Bookstore for the announcement of the Costume Contest Winners—first prize winners will get to open one of the sealed boxes at the stroke of 12 at one of the bookstores and receive the first book.

The reading relay will split into two parts with simultaneous readings at Bookends and Beginnings and Barnes and Noble to see which location can get the furthest by Book Box Opening at Midnight.  Bookstores will have continuous activities from 8pm until midnight.

All readers are encouraged to preorder their book from their favorite Evanston bookseller prior to the party. For more information contact Bookends and Beginnings at 224-999-7722 or Barnes and Noble Evanston at 847-424-0848.  To volunteer, email contact information to


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