Provo City Library to hold Harry Potter movie marathon


Provo City Library is more than just books; with child, teen and adult events, there is something for everyone to “check out.”

Provo City Library will be holding a Harry Potter movie marathon on Saturday, Jan. 30. (

Each month the library hosts movie nights for teens and families. On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Provo City Library will have its first Harry Potter movie marathon, lasting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We decided to include the whole family for an activity-filled marathon event,” Erika Hill, Provo City Library’s Community Relations Coordinator, said.

The event will include showings of the first three Harry Potter movies, arts and crafts for all ages and local food trucks. Attendees are encouraged to break out their favorite Harry Potter costumes and to bring blankets and spread out around the ballroom.

Families and students shared the excitement about the upcoming event.

“The event just popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook, and it immediately struck my interest,” McKell Stahelo, BYU student, said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday than having a Harry Potter marathon.”

The film schedule will be “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 9:30 a.m., “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” at 12:20 p.m. and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at 3:25 p.m.

The Provo City Library works to unite the community by holding monthly events and initiating programs.

Ballerina dancing during the Fairy Tea Party. Provo City Library holds fairy tea for children and parents.
A ballerina dancing during Provo City Library’s Fairy Tea Party. (Provo City Library)

“Libraries are so much more than books now,” Hill said.

The library had over 70,000 attendees across their 850 programs for children in 2015.

“We do large events attended by more than 500 people, and we do small classes and workshops,” Hill said.

Past events at the library include exhibits, concerts, fairy tea parties, a Valentine’s ball, the Children’s and Teen Book Festival and much more. The library also looks forward to hosting its first Graphic Novel Festival in September of 2016.

“I love that moment that people realize that they can come to the library to see a great exhibit, to listen to a great concert or to learn something for the first time,” Hill said. “Providing these opportunities for everyone as a free service to the public is just the best.”

Aspen Winds musical group performs live concert at Provo City Library.
Aspen Winds musical group performs a live concert at Provo City Library. (Provo City Library)

The Provo City Library was the second building to house the Brigham Young Academy, which later became Brigham Young University, and in 2001, the Provo City Library was dedicated at Academy Square.

“There is a magic in working at the library,” Joella Peterson, Children Services Manager, said. “When I help kids see the value of stories and information, I am literally watching one of those life-changing moments that will forever impact a child’s life.”

The Provo City Library updates its upcoming programs and events regularly.

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