Reading can take you to new worlds, introduce you to characters who find their way deep into your heart, and open your eyes to whole new ways of thinking about the world around you.

Think about some of the most interesting people you’ve met through reading. What did you think when you first met them on the page? How did you feel when you closed the last page of that book? What is it about them that sticks with you?

These characters might have come to us when we are facing difficulties or challenges. They might have come to us when things are going great.

We may have met them because of an assignment in school, they might have been introduced by a friend, or maybe it was a totally random find when you just pulled a book off a shelf and thought, “That looks like an interesting book.”

However they come to us, whenever we meet them again, it’s like saying hello to an old friend.

I was introduced to Harry Potter when my kids started reading the series after the first couple of books in the series came out more than 20 years ago. By the time “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” came out, we had to buy two copies of the book so the six members of our family didn’t have to wait so long to read it.

There’s something about that magical world that J.K. Rowling created that has created one of the largest fandoms in the world. Want to know where you fit? Take a sorting quiz and find out your Hogwarts house.

Or you could join a charitable running club where all the races are related to the Harry Potter world and proceeds go to real-life charities. You might even be able to find a quidditch team near you.

Your local librarians love Harry Potter too. Ask us what house we belong to and we’ll willingly tell you. Check out the great house displays in the teen area based on each of the houses.

In fact, we love Harry Potter so much that we’ve even got a special Harry Potter session of yoga this month.

All witches and wizards are invited to a fun flow yoga class inspired by the wizarding world. Attendees will receive a wand to practice poses and enjoy treats after class.

Join us for Harry Potter yoga at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the Community Room at the library. Just don’t mix up your Wingardium Leviosa spell with your Petrificus Totalus while practicing yoga.

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