Harry Potter ball casts holiday spell over guests

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests at the Harry Potter Holiday Ball on Dec. 9 at the Boardman Barnes and Noble dressed up as their favorite character to participate in a costume contest.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests at the Harry Potter Holiday Ball on Dec. 9 at the Boardman Barnes and Noble lined up to get their fortune told.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Kaleigh Williams and Abby Weimer dressed up for the Harry Potter Holiday Ball on Dec. 9 at the Boardman Barnes and Noble.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Students from Boardman High School's Emerging Leaders group helped the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County wrap gifts at Barnes and Noble on Dec. 9. Pictured are, from left, Deborah Liptak, Emma Ardwin, Katie Reilly, Nadine Gabriel and Sophia McGee.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Keira Crouch dressed up and held the new Harry Potter book on Dec. 9 at the Boardman Barnes and Noble during the Harry Potter Holiday Ball.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Area wizards and muggles flew to Boardman Barnes and Noble for a holiday ball on Dec. 9.

Boardman Barnes and Noble hosts a ball like this each time a new “Harry Potter” book is released. This is an event that brings in hundreds of people of all ages.

Harry Potter fans come together to participate in a variety of games and crafts at the event.

“It’s brought a lot of people here tonight. There’s a lot of people who really love the series and the book and we’re just happy about that,” said Barnes and Noble manager Kerrie DelGreco.

DelGreco explained that Barnes and Noble is full of various “Harry Potter” themed items, as well as the books, which brings in several people to enjoy them. Some of the favorite activities of the night were Jeopardy, the spelling bee, the fortune teller and the costume contest.

Prior to the holiday ball, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County set up a gift wrapping station. Members of the Boardman High School Emerging Leaders club volunteered to help wrap Christmas gifts.

“We were actually very busy all day,” said Deborah Liptak, Development Director of PLYMC. “We’ve had many shifts, we’ve been here since nine this morning.”

The proceeds raised from the gift wrapping station goes back to the Friends of the Library to help pay for events and children’s programs at the libraries.

Barnes and Noble and the PLYMC have worked together before. They partner to create different programs for the community to enjoy, such as the Polar Express night. Both PLYMC and Barnes and Noble look forward to continuing their partnership to host more programs.

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