The Wizard Movie Marathon began June 2 with the first film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” drawing a crowd of about 40 people. The marathon takes place once a week, each Thursday at 3 p.m., until the showing of the most recent film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” on July 14, just one day before the final Harry Potter film, the “Deathly Hallows, Part II,” hits theaters on July 15.
Mark Totten, the community library manager for the La Cañada Flintridge Library, said the Wizard Movie Marathon is a great way to kick off the summer and the library’s annual Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program features story times throughout the week for children of all ages, bingo for kids, family films and special programs, including a puppet show, magician, musician, juggler and an African safari provided by a wildlife company. The program concludes on Aug. 12 with an end-of-summer ice cream party from 2 to 4 p.m.
“It encourages people to come into the library,” Totten said of the program. “If parents don’t know what to do with their children in the summer, they can bring them into the library because we’re doing quite a few programs.”
Rajala said Harry Potter is one of those rare book series that comes along every so often and creates a renewed passion for reading, especially in children. Now she’s waiting for the next to come along.
“Hopefully something new comes,” Rajala said. “The Percy Jackson series is getting some attention, and it’s capable of creating that same fire. You should definitely check it out.”
The La Cañada Flintridge Library is located at 4545 Oakwood Ave. For more information on the Wizard Movie Marathon or Summer Reading Program, visit the library’s website, www.colapublib.org/libs/lacanada, or call (818) 790-3330.