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Local libraries prepping for 'Twilight' finale
By Crystal Mack | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/28/2008 3:33 PM

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Action. Romance. Vampires.

Separately, these genres each command their own individual followings.

But together, they have formed the popular Twilight series, written by author Stephenie Meyer. The last chapter of the supernatural love story is about to be revealed, as the fourth and final novel, "Breaking Dawn," is released Aug. 2.

To say that the books are in demand is an understatement.

"We cannot keep the series on the shelves," said Cheryl Gladfelter, head of the Teen Advisory Board at the Des Plaines Public Library.

"Even though we have at least four copies of each book, they are always checked out."

She believes the wide appeal is due to the engaging mixture of genres.

The series follows an ordinary teenage girl, Bella, who falls in love with a beautiful vampire, Edward. While teenage girls are the main audience, young boys and adults of both genders have also been swept up in the phenomenon.

In celebration of "Breaking Dawn's" debut, many local libraries and book stores are hosting release parties.

"After the Harry Potter series, we realized that we can make big events out of book release dates," said Karin Thogersen, Huntley Public Library's Young Adult librarian. "There are readers who can't wait to get their hands on these books."

Because the library cannot possibly acquire enough copies to satisfy demand, it is holding a "pre-party" celebration. After enjoying red velvet cake and playing Twilight trivia games, attendees can rush out to their favorite book store to buy a copy at midnight.

Book stores are getting in on the fun as well. All Borders locations will be hosting midnight release parties, featuring costume contests, debates and live entertainment.

Helen Nakos, general manager of the St. Charles Borders, is expecting over 200 Twilight fans.

"There is a lot of excitement for this book," she said. "People love to get lost in the fantasy genre."

'Breaking Dawn' release parties

Huntley Area Public Library

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Old village hall, 11704 Coral St., Huntley

What to expect: trivia games, crafts, refreshments

How much? Free

Info: Call (847) 669-5386 to reserve a space

Gail Borden Public Library

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7

Where: 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin

What to expect: games, treats, trivia and a drawing

How much? Free

Info: (847) 429-4685; registration is required

Poplar Creek Library

When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: 490 S. Bartlett Road, Oak Forest Shopping Center, Streamwood

What to expect: costume contest, raffles, waffles with fruit and ice cream

How much? Free

Info: (630) 483-4941; registration required by Thursday