Library hosts mystery, Potter party this summer

On Tuesday, the Port Orchard Library kicks off its summer performances at the waterfront park gazebo with one of its most popular guests — Reptile Man, a.k.a. Scott Peterson of Monroe.

However, assistant branch manager Kathleen Wilson said kids who would like to get even closer to their favorite reptiles should plan on attending two special “pajama storytimes” next month.

Wilson said Barbara Haddad, the school library media specialist from

Sunnyslope Elementary, will host a Snakes Alive! program July 9, and a Creepy Crawlies! program July 23. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and are for children aged 2 to 8, accompanied by a caregiver.

“Barbara has a very interesting assortment of animals and a lot of knowledge to share,” Wilson said, explaining that it will be a more intimate setting than the crowds that gather for the Reptile Man, “so it’s a great opportunity for kids who are interested to get a little closer to these creatures, and enjoy some stories.”

For the Harry Potter fans (and fanatics), Wilson said her library is teaming up with the Bethel Avenue Book Company for a “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” party July 20 to celebrate the release of the seventh and final book at midnight, July 21.

Wilson said the library’s party is from 6 to 8 p.m., and includes a trivia contest with the chance to win a copy of the book from the book store, a contest to guess the flavor of Bertie Botts Beans, along with refreshments and crafts.

After that party, she said the really eager Potter fans “can go home and rest up for the next party at the book store, which starts at 11 p.m.,” an hour before the book goes on sale.

She said costumes are en-couraged, and will be rewarded, at both events.

On Friday, July 13, the library brings back its Teen Mystery Night with the “Disappearance of Angela Day” at 6:30 p.m.

For adults, a Film Noir series began this week, and will run every Thursday night through Aug. 2.

Also for adults and new this summer will be a concert on July 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the waterfront park gazebo.

Wilson said the band, Silverport Sound, plays big-band jazz with 11 instrumentalists and a singer.

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