Thursday, July 16, 2009

Random Thursday: Harry Potter and Libraries

Who would have thought that after ten years, Harry Potter would still be going strong in the library? The sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, opened in theaters early Wednesday morning, and fans have been bashing the box-offices.

The really interesting thing is that every time there's a new Harry Potter movie, all seven of the books leave the library at a land-office pace. We have more than 300 copies of Half-Blood Prince, and every single one is checked out. And, all seven titles are once again in the Top 15 Circulating Children's Books in our library!

There's always a lot of talk that kids are forgetting how to read, and are spending too much time with TV and movies. Librarians tend to love the great movies made from books, because it brings people into the library to read the original book.

Some of the other recent "Book to Movie" hits have been Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, and My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult.

The Rainbow Library has a "Books to Movie" book discussion group, named Reel2Reel. Each month, they watch a film, and the following week discuss the book and movie together. If you love great movies and great books, and love to compare, give them a try!

1 comment:

Charles said...

It is sad that Harry Potter exists on the ban book list, yet what author has encouraged kids to read as much as J.K.?