Wizards & Wands Festival

Wizards & Wands Festival

Experience the Magic of Your Library

Celebrate a variety of fantasy fandoms throughout the month, from The Lord of the Rings to Percy Jackson and Dr. Who. Enjoy performances, complete missions, and explore magical worlds.

About the Wizards & Wands Festival - Libraries are places that inspire magic, filled with stories that can take you to extraordinary worlds. Since 2018, the Wizards & Wands Festival has embraced that sense of wonder by bringing books to life and creating an unforgettable experience for the Westerville area community. People of all ages and passions come together champion the power of stories. This signature event attracts thousands of visitors of all ages from across Central Ohio, those who already love the library and those who have never been inside the library before.

Highlights for 2024

October 1-31, 2024

Missions

Embark on fantasy-themed missions for chances at prize drawings. The more missions you complete, the more chances you have to win! For all ages.

Choose your missions:

  • Design a Potion: Mad Lib (Teen Area)
  • Enchanted Forest: Scavenger Hunt (Kids Area)
  • Fantastical Word Find (Innovation Lab)
  • Lost in the Library Scavenger Hunt (Second Floor)
  • Magical I Spy (Display Case near Teen Area)
  • Pose with a Knight (Media Area)
  • Read a Magical Book
  • Spot the Gold: I Spy (Entrance to Westerville History Museum)
  • Visit the Fortune Teller (Media Area)
  • Watch a Magical Movie

Prizes include baskets full of goodies. Examples: giant stuffed dragon, book accessories, magical crafting, mystical science experiments, family puzzles, Captivating Worlds tickets, and Otherworld tickets.

Walk-Through Experience

Your library will be transformed into a magical wonderland with fantasy-themed décor throughout the building.

  • Enchanted Forest (Kids Area) – Weave through moss-covered toadstools and tree stumps to uncover fairies, mermaids, unicorns, and more.
  • The Swamp (Picture Book Room) - Tiptoe around lily pads and moss, but make sure you don’t wake the ogre!
  • Dragon Hatchery (Homework Help Center) – Discover dragons of all shapes, sizes, and…roars!
  • Sanderson’s Apothecary (Teen Area) – Pore over potions while sharing the room with slimy toads, furry rats, and even a few animal skeletons.
  • The Haunted Armory (Media Area) – Study the elaborate iconography used to decorate medieval swords, shields, banners, and suits of armor.
  • Phantom Library (Second Floor) – Explore a mystical library filled with artifacts from fantasy worlds. And don't miss the mermaid skeleton!
  • Medieval Village (Mallway) – Explore 3D storefronts like Wee Beasties Pet Shop, Fairy Tale Realty, and Sanderson Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy window shopping for bits & bobs, cauldrons, wands, magical plants, or delicious treats.

October 25, 2024 (4-9pm)

Experience the magic of your library with spellbinding performers during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville.

  • For all ages.
  • Costumes encouraged.
  • Admission is free.

While here, you can enjoy fantasy-themed decor throughout the building and complete fantasy-themed missions for a chance at prize drawings. 

Download directions & parking instructions.

Rain or shine. Some performances may be cancelled in the case of extreme weather. Though the library building will be open, the drive-thru and some regular library services will be unavailable during this time.

Meet the New Dragon

Perched on the roof. this dragon is a giant art installation created by students and staff at The Point at Otterbein University.

Hilda the Dragon’s baby has hatched! As you may suspect, caring for baby dragons can be quite expensive. Help us welcome the new dragon to Westerville by donating to Hilda’s baby shower today. Your support will help to fund the creation of a new dragon to carry on Hilda’s legacy.

In Partnership with...

This dragon is an art installation created by students and staff at The Point at Otterbein University.  

Thanks to the Generosity of...

Thanks to Our Prize Sponsors

Behind the Scenes

Magic comes to life with technology at the library.

Oct 04, 2023
This year’s festival includes a Haunted Mansion-inspired fortune teller, a mermaid skeleton, a 6-foot dragon egg, and so much more.

“Dragon Egg” Hatched from Art, Technology, and Imagination

Oct 04, 2023
Art and technology are working in tandem to create an interactive and engaging experience for all ages.

Fortune Teller Highlights Potential of Library Equipment

Oct 04, 2023
An awe-inspiring attraction this year is a Haunted Mansion-inspired fortune teller that features a disembodied head.

Fantasy Replicas Showcase 3D Printing Service

Oct 04, 2023
Library staff craft 3D-printed replicas of staff members as various fantasy archetypes like gargoyles and elves, wizards and sea kings.

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Whether you're a new parent, a student, a young professional, a teacher, a homeschooler or a senior citizen, there's something here for you. And it's all free.
Whether you're a new parent, a student, a young professional, a teacher, a homeschooler or a senior citizen, there's something here for you. And it's all free
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