15 Public Libraries Win Harry Potter Librarians' Contest

15 Public Libraries Win Harry Potter Librarians' Contest

In honor of the 15 th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first book in the award-winning Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, 15 public libraries nationwide have been chosen as winners of the Harry Potter Public Librarian Contest from Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the series. Taking inspiration from the series, hundreds of librarians submitted their ideas for Harry Potter celebrations designed to introduce a new generation of readers to the wizarding world. Librarians' ideas include serving Harry Potter-themed food, hosting trivia contests, dressing up as favorite Potter characters, having live owls, house-sorting parties, scavenger hunts, Quidditch matches, wand-making, and classes from Hogwarts such as Potions, Divination, and Herbology. Potter parties will be held on or around August 27, 2013, the date when the new U.S. trade paperbacked editions of the books featuring all new covers by #1 New York Times bestselling author/artist, Kazu Kibuishi are released.

Each of the 15 winning libraries will receive:

  • 100 copies of the new trade paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with the new cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, to give away at the celebration
  • One new paperback boxed set of all seven Harry Potter books signed by Kibuishi for the library
  • $100 gift card towards the Harry Potter celebration
  • A Harry Potter event kit with sticker sheets, name tags, bookmarks, activities, and more

A panel of judges from Scholastic read the hundreds of entries and winners were chosen based on creativity, originality, and their promotional plans to help bring Harry Potter to life for a whole new generation of readers. The 15 library winners are (listed alphabetically):

  • Anderson County Library (Anderson County, SC)
  • Apache Junction Public Library (Apache Junction, AZ)
  • Arapahoe Library District (Centennial, CO)
  • Carl Sandburg Branch, Livonia Public Library (Livonia, MI)
  • DeKalb Public Library (DeKalb, IL)
  • Dover Public Library (Dover, DE)
  • Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger Branch (Erlanger, KY)
  • Lawrence Public Library (Fairfield, ME)
  • Meadowridge Library (Madison, WI)
  • Newberg Public Library (Newberg, OR)
  • North Canton Public Library (North Canton, OH)
  • Port Jefferson Library (Port Jefferson, NY)
  • Portneuf District Library (Chubbuck, ID)
  • Rancho Cucamonga Library (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
  • The Colony Public Library (The Colony, TX)

For a list of library event dates, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/harrypotter