Wizard Fest 2020

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This resource guide was originally created for our Virtual CHPL Wizard Fest on August 15, 2020.

Magical Media

Witch & Wizard Story Time
Enjoy various magical stories read aloud by Miss Candace!

Visit our Childrens Librarian YouTube Channel for even more virtual story times!

Make-at-home Craft Ideas
These fantastical crafts can be made with supplies at home and are great for kids of all ages!

Let the Feast Begin!
Try out these magical recipes at home!

Magical Self-Care Recipes
Treat yourself or treat some friends to home-made, fantasy-inspired self-care items.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
You can complete this escape room as a group or as individual. You can compete against friends and try it multiple times. Just make sure you have fun! Thanks to Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA, for creating this escape room!


Harry Potter Movie Marathon: The Ultimate Survival Guide
Tips on how to have the perfect binge-watching Harry Potter weekend.

Modern Astrology: A resource guide by your CHPL Librarians
Compiled and annotated by Melissa Brinn, Young Adult Librarian, August 14 2020
Astrology has always captured imaginations, but in recent years it has enjoyed a rise in popularity as a fun interesting way to relate to oneself and others. As part of WizardFest 2020, we are sharing this list of recommended print and digital resources on astrology. 

Note:  We point you towards these resources not to suggest they be substituted for guidance from your own spiritual or religious leaders, but rather to provide interested readers with resources to further explore this hobby and pastime. (Or for anyone who just wants to find out what all their friends mean by “mercury is in retrograde”!)

Recommended Print Resources

The Astrology of You and Me: How to understand and improve every relationship in your life (Gary Goldschneider)
Steer your life by the stars and make all your interpersonal relationships shine. This beautifully designed, horoscope-driven handbook will teach you to bring energy to your relationships and divine the true nature of personalities using the power of astrology.

Teen Astrology: The Ultimate Guide for Making Life Your Own (M.J. Abadie)
Why an astrology book just for teens? This is the ideal time for you to learn to understand your own inner dynamics and go after the life you really want. And astrology is a wonderful tool for gaining insight into oneself and one’s relationships with other people.

Queer Cosmos: The Astrology of Queer Identities and Relationships (Colin Bedell)
Queer Cosmos is a contemporary, fresh look into astrology, personal insight, and relationships for the LGBTQ+ community! This book explores astrology as an antidote to feelings of hopelessness and provides language for authentic practices of self-expression. Leaving behind gender-normative pronouns and assumptions, Queer Cosmos explores more nuanced patterns of the archetypal energies expressed in queer experiences.

Moon Lists: Question and Rituals for Self-Reflection (Leigh Patterson)
Inspired by vintage workbooks from the 70s and the monthly lunar cycle, Moon Lists is a guide to expanding the creative, personal, and emotional self in a provocative, unpretentious way. This guided journal asks you to slow down and reflect, once a week, on the recent past.

It's Written In the Stars! (Children's Astrology Series, Sterling Publishers)
This series of books shines a light on each signs' strengths, weaknesses, what you are capable of, and the opportunities you shouldn’t miss. Use it to gain a better understanding of who you are, and who you might become.

Recommended Apps

Co-Star (Apple & Google Play)
Our astrology-enthusiast librarians recommend Co-Star for getting started with generating your own astrological chart and profile. The minimalist, streamlined design and user interface sets it apart from other astrology mobile apps.

Sanctuary (Apple & Google Play)
This fun, colorful app is recommended for daily horoscopes! This fun, colorful app reminds you to check your horoscope, alerts to lunations and retrogrades, and also delivers a daily tarot card to help you reflect on your mindset for the day.

More Astrology Media

Soulshine Astrology Blog
"Cosmic astrology for a positively inspired life + career path."

Why are Millennials so into Astrology?
"In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it."

Astrology in the Age of Uncertainty
"Millennials who see no contradiction between using astrology and believing in science are fuelling a resurgence of the practice."

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Wizard Bazaar

The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Cozy bring-your-own-beverage spot offering fish ’n’ chips, afternoon tea & other British staples. Order online via clover or ordering.app.

The Colorful Geek
The ultimate online shop for magical and other fandom-themed merchandise including t-shirts, face masks, lapel pins, and more! Check out their Harry Potter, Pride, and Basic Witch collections.

Geek Boy Press
Geeky clothing and art for all fandoms!! Shop enamel pins, hoodies, prints and more.



Geeky Girl Scents
You'll be dazzled by the variety of fandom and non-fandom themed candles by Geeky Girl Scents! All of their candles and wax melts are vegan friendly and made of paraffin-soy blend wax. 


Harry Potter Alliance Shop
The Harry Potter Alliance turns fans into heroes. We’re changing the world by making activism accessible through the power of story. Since 2005, we’ve engaged millions of fans through our work for equality, human rights, and literacy." Check out their shop for fantastical apparel, drinkware, posters, plushies and so much more.

Matarazzo Design
Shop an assortment of HP themed items, included custom made enamel pins, vinyl stickers, keychains, magnets, ornaments, jewelry and more!

Every single box will include a brand new young adult novel, 3-5 high quality bookish items, as well as exclusive goodies from the author! Every box has a creative theme that ties everything together. And the books we send will keep you up all night!

Witch Baby Soap
Witch Baby is an occult bath and body brand. Their handcrafted products are vegan and cruelty free, as well as free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, formaldehyde, and other beauty boogey-men that are traditionally found on shelves. Products for purchase include bath bombs, body scrubs, body oils, face masks, and more!

Witchy Wicks Candle Co.
Two witchy sisters, Brooke & Melanie, who have a dream of creating. "We just want to make the world smell better, one candle at a time!" Peruse a plethora of witchy-themed candles made of 100% soy wax.


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Potions Class (For Adults Only)

A Harry Potter Drinking Game (that works for every movie!)
"You might not become a wizard, but you'll feel like one."

Here are some "potions" you can brew at home!

Potions 101 with Adult Services Librarian, Amanda!

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