I’m Number 464 in line for The Deathly Hallows

4 Jul

… And that’s not as bad as it sounds.

I was at the Miller Branch Library on Tuesday, tracking down Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, as I’m rereading the books prior to release of the seventh book. (Btw, the place was rockin’.) So, I asked the check-out assistant if it were even worth it to try and reserve Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She gave me a funny look and said, “Well, there are several hundred people in line before you.” I then made a funny sound. Then I asked how many copies of the book the library had ordered: 270!

Two hundred and seventy copies of the last book!!! I love our library!

I find the HP books irresistible and read through them quickly. So being 464th in line for a book ain’t so bad when 270 of them are available and most people will, I believe, read them very quickly. Yahoo!

You can reserve a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or any other book or library material that can be checked out. You can do this in person or online. You’ll have to create an online account first, in order to use the electronic service. With your online account, you can also renew books in your possession that someone else hasn’t requested. (That feature has saved me some fees over the years!)

Yay for the Howard County Library system and all the people who make it so great: admin, staff and users. And yay for our county government for funding it. And yay for the Friends of the Library and all the volunteers. And yay for 270 copies of one book! (Hmm, we have 270,000 folk in the county, give or take. I wonder if that’s how they got that number.) 🙂

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6 Responses to “I’m Number 464 in line for The Deathly Hallows”

  1. Kate Dino July 4, 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    I also heart HCPL. But maybe the 270 copies of the latest Harry Potter explain why I can’t get any Marguerite Youcenar or a full collection of Flashman novels.

  2. Miss Newburn July 4, 2007 at 8:24 pm #

    Anyone can suggest an addition to the library’s collection. Just click on this link and fill in as much info as you can. http://www.hclibrary.org/about/reqcollect.php
    You can get ISBN numbers on book sellers’ sites, such as Barnes & Noble’s, but it’s really OK if you don’t have all the info. You can even request to be first in line to get the newly arrived book, CD, DVD, etc.
    I just requested that the library add The Essential Leonard Cohen, and may request some Geno Delafose and the French Rockin’ Boogie, too!

  3. Hayduke July 5, 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    Fellow Potter freak here…

    I’m rereading all the books, too. Just finished the Order of the Phoenix — in time for the newest movie — and I’m now into Half-Blood.

    Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t mind waiting to read a book. But Potter’s different. We’re getting two copies of Deathly Hallows in our house. I promise I won’t spoil the ending for anyone.

  4. John B. July 5, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    Kate – I’ll back you up on a Flashman request to the HCPL!

  5. Miss Newburn July 6, 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    I just discovered that the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring is having a Harry Potter movie marathon July 20 and 21. Not up for a 10-hour marathon? You can watch the movies over a six-day spread from July 16 – 21.

    http://www.afi.com/silver/new/ and then look for “Special Events.”

  6. Miss Newburn July 12, 2007 at 3:55 pm #

    The East Columbia Branch library, at 6600 Cradlerock Way, hosts Muggle Midnight Madness, a late-night party to celebrate the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The party is for Potter fans 9 or older.

    Starting on July 20th, the event runs from 9 pm – 12: 30 am. Activities will include screenings of Harry Potter movies, a strolling magician and balloon artist, fencing demonstrations, a trivia game, Hogwarts classes and a scrapbooking workshop.

    Library customers who have reserved the book (and are holding “claim tickets” numbered 270 or under) can pick up the book, starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 21st. Books are also for sale through a partnership with Borders Books & Music.

    Registration is required: 410-313-7700.

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