The second Wizards and Wands festival will transport visitors into a wizarding wonderland at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

The free event set for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, will feature a visit with representatives of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, wand-making demonstrations by Wood Craft of Columbus, science activities from COSI and performers.

Tamara Murray, marketing director for the library, said after the feedback the staff received last year, the library decided to extend the hours and add more activities.

"It's going to be bigger and better than ever," she said.

She said 2,300 people came to the event last year and the library expects more visitors with the increase in activities.

One big thing that guests will notice is a 33-foot dragon that is perched on the roof.

Engineering students from Otterbein University built the dragon at The Point with faculty supervision of Maker Space director Curtis Smith, according to a press release from Otterbein. The dragon is made out of three separate pieces and includes a special smoke feature that has the dragon appear to be breathing smoke every 30 minutes, according to the release.

The project was in the works for about six months, according to the release. The support and work of The Point, the city of Westerville and Friends of the Westerville Library made the creature a reality. It will be on display through Oct. 31, according to the library's website.

Murray said performers will be interacting with guests while on stilts and performing magic tricks. She said Tonks and the Aurors have been invited to perform as a wizard rock band, and a speed origami artist will be performing demonstrations for visitors.

"If the weather holds, we will have a bunch of performers out on the lawn," she said.

Joann Plescia, an outreach educator for COSI, said the organization will be doing some larger demonstrations and will have activities set up for guests.

She said the main goal is to show how science can create things that look like magic, such as levitation with a leaf blower and creating a cloud in a bottle with air pressure and dust.

Plescia said phenolphthalein will be used to allow guests to create disappearing messages that will reappear when sprayed with a solution.

Murray said everything at the event will be free, except for cupcakes that will be available for purchase.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, but they are not required and registration is not necessary. Participants should be aware that events will take place rain or shine and it is possible there will be large crowds.

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