LOUISVILLE, Ga. - The Jefferson County Library has some exciting news for local Harry Potter fans.
It is the only library in the state and one of only 50 in the country to receive a signed copy of British author J. K. Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
It all started earlier this year when Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, announced its nationwide public library sweepstakes. The grand prize was a trip to New York and a copy of the book signed by the author.
Charlotte Rogers, the director of the Jefferson County Library System, was notified about the contest by the state library system.
To enter, all she had to do was send in her name and address.
This put the libraries of Jefferson County among the 9,000 public libraries nationwide that entered the sweepstakes.
Because the response to the contest was so overwhelming, Scholastic announced the addition of 49 prizes.
Ms. Rowling agreed to sign 49 bookplates to be placed inside special library-bound editions of the new book and presented to one public library sweepstakes participant from each of the 49 states other than the one in which the grand prize winner is located.
Ms. Rogers was unaware of the additional prizes, so it was a shock when she was notified that she was a winner.
"I guess I just said, 'Oh, you're kidding!'"