NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced today the 37 library tour schedule for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour. The Knight Bus, based on the unique triple-decker bus described in the Harry Potter books, will launch on June 1, 2007 from New York City and will travel to 37 libraries across the country over a seven-week period ending back in New York at Scholastic headquarters to kick off the release of the seventh and final book in the series at 12:01a.m. on July 21, 2007. In each location where the bus stops, fans will be invited to board the Knight Bus and share on video their thoughts and feelings about the Harry Potter books. Select video clips from each location will be uploaded for viewing and sharing on www.scholastic.com/harrypotter. Additionally, each person will receive a unique username and password so that they can view their own video online. "We know that one of the most incredible things about Harry Potter is the amazing discussion that it ignites among fans of all ages," said Lisa Holton, President of Scholastic Trade and Book Fairs, Scholastic. "The Knight Bus tour is the perfect way to let fans from across the country share their Harry Potter experience as they await the conclusion of this remarkable series." The schedule of libraries was planned to reach the largest possible number of fans all across the country during the weeks from June 1 through the release of the book. The complete Knight Bus current tour schedule is as follows (subject to change): Friday 6/1 Book Expo America New York City (open to conference attendees only) Monday 6/4 10 am-1 pm Providence Public Library South Providence Branch 3-6 pm Providence Public Library Mount Pleasant Branch Tuesday 6/5 9:30 am-12:30 pm Boston Public Library Central Library 2:30-5:30 pm Boston Public Library Codman Square Branch Library Thursday 6/7 12 noon-3 pm New York Public Library Bronx Library Center Friday 6/8 10 am-1 pm Queens Borough Public Library Hillcrest Library 3-6 pm Queens Borough Public Library Elmhurst Library Saturday 6/9 10am-1pm Brooklyn Public Library 3-6pm Newark Public Library Wednesday 6/13 10 am-1 pm Free Library of Philadelphia Main Branch 3:30-6:30 pm Free Library of Philadelphia Lawncrest Branch Library Friday 6/15 9 am-12 noon Baltimore County Public Library The Cockeysville Library 2-5 pm Enoch Pratt Free Library System, Baltimore Southeast Anchor Library Saturday 6/16 10 am-1 pm Prince George's County Library System New Carrollton Branch Library 3-6 pm Prince George's County Lib System Oxon Hill Branch Library Tuesday 6/19 9:30 am-12:30 pm Washington DC Public Library Petworth Branch Library 3-6 pm Montgomery County Lib System Bethesda Public Library Wednesday 6/20 10:30 am-1:30 pm Fairfax County Public Library Chantilly Regional Library 3:30-6:30 pm Arlington Public Library Central Library Saturday 6/23 10 am - 1 pm Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio Parma Snow Branch Library 3-6 pm Cleveland Public Library Rockport Branch Tuesday 6/26 11 am-2 pm Chicago Public Library Sulzer Regional Library 4-7 pm Chicago Public Library Budlong Woods Branch Library Wednesday 6/27 10 am - 1 pm Chicago Public Library Woodson Regional Library Thursday 6/28 10 am - 1 pm St. Louis Public Library Main Branch 3-6 pm St. Louis County Public Library Daniel Boone Branch Library Tuesday 7/3 9-12 noon Maricopa County Library District, Arizona Northwest Regional Library 2-5 pm Phoenix Public Library Chavez Branch Library Thursday 7/5 10 am-1 pm San Diego Public Library Mission Valley Branch Library Fenton Marketplace in Mission Valley Friday 7/6 9 am-12 noon County of LA Public Library West Covina Library 2-5 pm County of LA Public Library Clifton M. Brakensiek Library Saturday 7/7 9 am-12 noon Los Angeles Public Library Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library 2-5 pm Los Angeles Public Library Central Library Tuesday 7/10 10 am-1 pm San Jose Public Library Cambrian Branch Library 3-6 pm San Jose Public Library Berryessa Branch Library Wednesday 7/11 11 am-2 pm San Francisco Public Library Main Branch 4-7 pm Oakland Public Library Main Branch The fastest-selling book in history, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling's sixth Harry Potter book was released on July 16, 2007 with a first printing of 10.8 million. It sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours. All six Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince have been number one bestsellers in the United States, Britain, and around the world. The American editions of the Harry Potter books are published under Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine imprint. Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school- based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
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