The Great Read 2017

The Great Read Program 2017

20 years ago, a boy named Harry Potter brought the magic of reading to millions of children and adults, and in turn did wondrous things for the worlds of books and movies. This February, The Great Read is celebrating the phenomenal impact of the Harry Potter books on literature and culture worldwide with a variety of programs and events for wizards and muggles of all ages. For more information, visit

Don't miss these Great Read events! 

The Great Read Art Contest 
Now–Monday, February 20
Create an original piece of art inspired by the Harry Potter books. Download the Art Contest entry form and turn it in with your artwork by Monday, February 20.

Art Contest Info and Entry Form Button

Great Read Finale: Art Exhibit & Hogwarts Magic Show
Tuesday, February 28
5:30 p.m.: Art Contest Award Ceremony
6–7:30 p.m.: Magic Show
Fountaindale Public Library

Celebrate the Great Read’s Art Contest winners with an award ceremony and art exhibit. Afterwards, learn about the magic of Hogwarts during a special Harry Potter-themed magic show. Dress as your favorite witch or wizard, and be prepared to cast your own spells during this family-friendly show. Drop in; no registration required.


Harry Potter Fun at Fountaindale!

For Kids and Families:

scarHarry Potter Family STEAM Workshop
Monday, February 20, 2–4 p.m.

For families with children in grades K–5.

scarS’mores Book Club: Harry Potter and Other Fantasies
Wednesday, February 22, 4:15 p.m.

Grades 3–5. 


For Teens in Grades 6–12:

scarTeen Movie Fridays
Fridays, February 3–24, 3 p.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 

scarMake Your Own Wand
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.



The Great Read logo
The Great Read was created in 2004 to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community. This year’s Great Read is proudly presented by Fountaindale Public Library, Plainfield School District 202, Plainfield Public Library, Joliet Public Library, Shorewood-Troy Public Library, White Oak Library District, Lemont Public Library and Joliet Junior College.