Throughout Cleveland County, NC today, a thousand Hunger Games books were given away to kick off the area’s festivities to countdown to the movie’s release. Part of the film was shot in the town of Shelby, so we are sure the residents are quite excited to see how their hometown will look on the big screen!
When it opened its doors, the Cleveland County Memorial Library had 384 copies of ‘The Hunger Games’ to give out.
For the next 27 minutes, library director Carol Wilson handed out an average of nine books a minute to Cleveland County residents hungry to read the book.
And the library wasn’t the only site attracting readers. In all, 1,000 copies were made available at locations throughout the county. By the end of the day, the majority of books had been given.
Within 30 minutes of opening, the Cleveland County Arts Council had given out all their copies of the book. In Kings Mountain, a line of readers waited outside Mauney Memorial Library waiting for their own.
So why the excitement?
“It was filmed here in Cleveland County,” said Rhonda Collins, of Shelby, before the Cleveland County Memorial Library opened its doors. “This is a great thing for our community.”
You can check out more photos and video at The Shelby Star.