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Harry Potter is legendary, not only in the realm of wizards but also in
the real world of children’s literature. Kids, even reluctant readers,
have read and reread the books. Adults have read them. Our
vocabularies have been enriched by words like “muggle,” “quidditch,” and
“Slytherin.”

What has is your library’s perspective on the Harry Potter phenomenon?
That’s the topic of the next “Perspectives,” the regular feature in
Public Libraries, the journal of the Public Library Association. We
welcome essays on any aspect of Harry Potter: have you had special
programs? Created partnerships with other agencies to promote new book
releases? Have the Harry Potter books brought you new patrons? How
have you helped them discover other books to read? Your experience may
be with kids, ‘tweens, teens, or adults — or it may be personal. If
you have a contrarian position that can be considered as well.

Essays should be 750-1,000 words. Photographs are welcome. Letters of
intent are appreciated, with first drafts due September 15, to

Nann Blaine Hilyard
Perspectives Co-Editor
nbhilyard@zblibrary.org
Zion-Benton Public Library
Zion, IL 60099

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