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A Harry Potter Birthday Party, a hockey-for-girls presentation and a "Digging Up Utah's Past" program are three big events coming up this week at public libraries in the Salt Lake area.

Potter, the popular character in books penned by author J.K. Rowling, will celebrate his fictional birthday on Tuesday, July 31.

To commemorate the event, the Main Salt Lake City Library, 209 E. 500 South, will hold a birthday bash from noon to 5 p.m. that day in the children's department.

Children will be able to make wizard hats and wands, write birthday greetings to Potter on a giant scroll, sign a huge birthday card to be sent to Rowling (whose own birthday is July 31) and eat jelly beans and birthday cake.

Rowling's fictional stories of a young man with extraordinary powers have been a phenomenal literary success with both children and adults. However, when Potter book five is published remains a mystery, as does the next book's plot.

"Chick with a Stick" will be presented at the Bingham Creek Library, 4834 W. 9000 South, West Jordan, on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 3:30 p.m.

Jackie Standing, a member of the Salt Lake Black Diamonds, the gold-medal team in the last Utah Winter Games, will talk about the game and especially how girls can play the sport, too. The event is geared for children of all ages.

The Bingham Creek Library will also be the site, on Saturday, Aug. 4, for "Digging up Utah's Past," a prehistoric Utah program with dinosaurs and fun for ages 5 to adult.

The event will be at 11 a.m. and feature all kinds of activities on prehistoric Utah.

Another event of note at libraries in August is the annual "Copper Days" book sale at the Magna Library, 8339 W. 3500 South, on Aug. 10-11. Most hardback books will sell for 50 cents and most paperbacks for 25 cents.

The event runs Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here's a list of some selected fourth-grade oriented books available at Salt Lake County libraries:

"The Fox Busters," by Dick-King Smith. A community of chickens continually preyed upon by hungry foxes is saved by the birth of three wonder chicks who can fly.

"Stinker from Space," by Pamela Service. An alien, fleeing from enemy ships, lands on earth, transferring his mind to the body of a skunk to survive. He enlists the help of two children to get home.

"How to Eat Fried Worms," by Thomas Rockwell. Two boys set out to prove that worms make a tasty meal.

"The Ghost of Popcorn Hill," by Betty Wright. Martin and Peter acquire not only a mischievous new dog, but also two lonely ghosts.

"Not-So-Jolly-Roger," by Jon Scieszka. Three friends are sent back in time thanks to a magic book. They become prisoners of the evil pirate Blackbeard.

"Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur," by Mordecai Richler.

"Fourth Grade Rats," by Jerry Spinelli. Suds learns his best friend is wrong, you don't have to be a tough guy, a "Rat," to be a grown-up fourth-grader.

Here are some other summer activities at Wasatch Front libraries during the coming weeks:

Mondays, 7 p.m., family storytimes at the Sprague Branch, 2131 S. 1100 East.

Mondays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., "Discovery Time" for ages 5 and under at the Ogden Valley Library, 131 S. 7400 East, Huntsville.

Tuesdays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., "Discovery Time" for ages 5 and under at the Main Weber County Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden.

Wednesdays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., "Discovery Time" for ages 5 and under at the Southwest Weber County Library, 1950 W. 4800 South, Roy.

Tuesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m., "Mother Goose Games" at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.

Tuesday, July 31, 11 a.m., "Read for Gold," ages 3 and up, at the Bingham Creek Library, 4834 W. 9000 South, West Jordan.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m., "Snickers Gold Medal Magic" at the East Millcreek Library, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave. A clown will entertain with reading-related stunts.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., "Book Baby" (for ages up to 2) at the Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W. 1000 North.

Wednesdays, Aug. 1 and 15, 10 a.m., "Book Baby" (for ages up to 2) at the Main Salt Lake Library, 209 E. 500 South.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m., book discussions on new titles at the Anderson-Foothill Branch, 1135 S. 2100 East.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., book discussions on mystery titles at the Main Salt Lake Library, 209 E. 500 South.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m., "Book Baby" (for ages up to 2) at the Sweet Branch Library, 455 F St.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., "The Eagle's Fate and Mine are One" at the Holladay Library, 2150 E. Murray-Holladay Road. A bird show.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m., National Rodeo Champions of Utah at the Riverton Library, 128060 S. Redwood Road, Riverton.

Monday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., "Jammie Time" at the Main Salt Lake Library, 209 E. 500 South.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., bilingual stories for children at the Main Salt Lake Library, 209 E. 500 South.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m., "Book Baby" (for ages up to 2) at the Sprague Branch, 2131 S. 1100 East. Advance registration is required by calling 524-8280.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., "Races Run 'Round the World" at the South Salt Lake Library, 220 E. Morris Ave.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m., "Book Baby" (for ages up to 2) at the Anderson-Foothill Branch, 1135 S. 2100 East. Call 524-8278 to preregister.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., teen poetry night at the Riverton Library, 12860 S. Redwood Road, Riverton.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m., "Time for Twos" book program at the Anderson-Foothill Branch, 1135 S. 2100 East. Call 524-8278 to preregister.


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