Scholastic announces Beedle essay contest, exhibit

The US publisher of the Potter series has announced a children's essay contest, with the grand prize (five of 'em!) being a trip for two to Jo's Beedle the Bard tea party on December 4th:

…fans are asked to write an essay of 200 words or less describing how they have helped others. Because so many kids today are taking an interest in helping others in their schools, communities and around the world, the Scholastic contest gives them an opportunity to write about causes they care about and what they’ve done to make a difference. The contest begins today and entries must be received by 5 p.m. EST on October 30.

Additionally, Scholastic announced that an original copy of Beedle the Bard will be on display from December 5th to January 4th at The New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. The original copy was graciously lended to the library by Scholastic's Arthur Levine, who edited all seven Potter books.