Wizards & Wands Festival

Experience the spellbinding magic of your library during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville. A night of otherworldly adventure awaits you as the library is transformed into a wizarding wonderland. Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities, including science experiments, live animals, stilt walkers, art & technology demonstrations, magicians, and more!

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 5-9pm*
Address: 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Ages: For all ages
Dress Code: Costumes encouraged, but not required.
Cost: Admission is free. No registration required.
Weather: Rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, outdoor activities may move to alternate locations.

*The library will be open regular hours from 9am-6pm. Festival activities will begin at 5pm.

Featured Activites

Draw Fantastical Monsters & Critters~* - Get those monsters out of your head and onto the page with professional illustrator and author Steve Harpster.

Hunt for the Hidden Letters* - Pick up your clues at the entrance when you arrive, then decode them to find the hidden letters throughout the library.

Magic-in-a-Minute Tattoos~ - Decorate your skin with a magical temporary airbrush tattoo! Choose from a variety of templates.

Pose for a Bewitching Photo* - Turn your drab family portrait into an otherworldly dreamscape with a charming backdrop and props.

Post a Mystical Message* - Write a caring message to a local senior citizen.

Predict the Future with Fortune-Telling~* - Discover whether your future is merely bleak or altogether deadly with moderately morbid fortunes.

Take a Sorting Quiz~* - Find out which wizarding house best fits your personality with an online quiz.

Triumph at Wizard Trivia~*  - Test your wealth of knowledge in the golden vault with a round of wizards & wands trivia.

* For participating in this activity, you will earn a chance at prize drawings.
~ Capacity is limited. First come, first served.

And More!

Free Parking & Shuttles

For information on how to get here, where to park, and handicap-accessible options, view this document (PDF).

Thank you to our sponsors for this service: DHL Supply Chain.

Prize Drawings

Complete eligible activities for a chance to win magic-themed baskets filled with 3-5 items, such as backpacks, toys, books, t-shirts, games, candy, & more. Approximate value = $100/each.

  • To earn tickets, complete the above eligible activities (or additional activities available on the night of the event) through October 25 at 8:30pm.
  • To enter the prize drawing, return your tickets to the prize booth in the atrium on October 25 from 5-9pm.
  • You do not have to be present to win.
  • Tickets cannot be purchased.

Thank you to our prize sponsors: Friends of the Westerville Public Library.
 

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Activities in October

Enjoy a variety of magical activities leading up to the big event.

Share Your Experience

Tell us about your magical night at the library! Post on social media with the hashtag #westervillewizards

Events & Classes (Wizards & Wands Festival)

October 1

Concentrate on Charms: Starts Today (Teen Room)

Concentrate on Charms: Starts Today (Teen Room)

General Audience

October 1

Conjure a Library Card: Starts Today (Welcome Desk)

Conjure a Library Card: Starts Today (Welcome Desk)

General Audience

October 1

Dobby's Sock Drive: Starts Today (Children's Area)

Dobby's Sock Drive: Starts Today (Children's Area)

General Audience

October 1

Identify Silly Inventions: Starts Today (Children's Area)

Identify Silly Inventions: Starts Today (Children's Area)

General Audience

October 1

Mail a Magical Letter: Starts Today (Children's Area)

Mail a Magical Letter: Starts Today (Children's Area)

General Audience

October 1

Piece Together Puzzles: Starts Today (Second Floor)

Piece Together Puzzles: Starts Today (Second Floor)

General Audience

October 1

Seek Wizardly Wisdom: Starts Today (Second Floor)

Seek Wizardly Wisdom: Starts Today (Second Floor)

General Audience

October 1

Spot the Magical Creatures: Starts Today (Children's Area)

Spot the Magical Creatures: Starts Today (Children's Area)

General Audience

October 1

Wizards & Wands Festival: Drop-In Activities

Wizards & Wands Festival: Drop-In Activities

General Audience, Family

October 24

Conjure a Library Card: Ends Tomorrow (Welcome Desk)

Conjure a Library Card: Ends Tomorrow (Welcome Desk)

General Audience

October 24

Seek Wizardly Wisdom: Ends Tomorrow (Second Floor)

Seek Wizardly Wisdom: Ends Tomorrow (Second Floor)

General Audience

October 25

5pm - 5:45pm
Bewitching Laughs with Matt Jergens

Bewitching Laughs with Matt Jergens

General Audience, Family

October 25

5pm - 5:45pm
Wizard Rock Band: Tonks & the Aurors

Wizard Rock Band: Tonks & the Aurors

General Audience, Family, 6 + up

October 25

5pm - 9pm
 Wizards & Wands Festival

Wizards & Wands Festival

General Audience

October 25

5pm - 9pm
Creepy Critters with the Bug Man

Creepy Critters with the Bug Man

General Audience, Family

October 25

5pm - 9pm
Draw Fantastical Monsters & Critters (Second Floor)

Draw Fantastical Monsters & Critters (Second Floor)

General Audience, Family

October 25

5pm - 9pm
Hunt for the Hidden Letters

Hunt for the Hidden Letters

General Audience, Family

October 25

5pm - 9pm
Living Stone Statue

Living Stone Statue

General Audience, Family

October 25

5pm - 9pm
Magic-in-a-Minute Tattoos (Children's Area)

Magic-in-a-Minute Tattoos (Children's Area)

General Audience, Family

October 25

5pm - 9pm
Owls from Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Owls from Ohio Bird Sanctuary

General Audience, Family

Hours
Mon - Thurs

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.