The Harry Potter Yule Festival, a program for kids, teens and adults that combines the best of the holidays with a well-loved story, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The Harry Potter series of fantasy novels, by British author J.K. Rowling, focus on the life of the young wizard and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's struggle against Lord Voldemort.

Even those with no knowledge of Harry Potter or his wizarding world will feel comfortable with the activities.

“Our goal is to get kids into the library and reading,” says Erin Korosi, Youth Services coordinator. “Most kids love Harry Potter and will come into the library for those books and movies, and then we can show what else we have to offer.”

The Harry Potter Yule Festival will include:

• Sorting of participants into Hogwarts Houses and competition in the House Cup.

• Harry Potter-themed crafts and activities.

• Professional face-painting.

• Trivia, games and a scavenger hunt.

• Sweet treats from the Three Broomsticks and Honeydukes.

• Magical creatures from the Audubon ZooMobile.

Costumes are encouraged for all ages. Library staff members hope to see a great turnout of witches, wizards and muggles.

SISTERS IN CRIME: Jillian Villanueva, a merchandising and marketing expert, discusses branding and social media platforms for authors at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sisters in Crime is a national organization that promotes recognition and professional development of women crime writers. The meeting is open to men, and the organization accepts male members.

GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: The group talks about Truman Capote’s "A Christmas Memory" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

First published in 1956, this autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic. Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins a portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and the memories they share of holiday rituals.

MUSIC NOTES: Two music events will take place at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

  • Mike and Friends, a new classical ensemble, performs at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18.
  • The New Aurora Saxophone Ensemble, a small group consisting only of saxophones, performs a variety of tunes at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19.

BOOKS BY MAIL: Are you are a resident of Jefferson Parish and unable to leave home because of a temporary or permanent disability? If so, the Jefferson Parish Library “Books by Mail” service will send you books and other library materials such as DVDs, audiobooks and large print books free of charge. To access this service, patrons must have a current library card and complete an application to be signed by a physician, nurse or social worker who can verify that the patron is disabled and unable to leave home.

The application process also includes a reader profile that asks about the types of materials the patron would like to receive. Patrons can request specific books by browsing through the library’s online catalog. For more information about this program, contact the Outreach Department/Books by Mail Program, by calling (504) 838-1100.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.