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 June 19, 2003 -- No. 342

Sturm at UNC-Chapel Hill can discuss Potter book release

CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assistant professor Dr. Brian Sturm is available to reporters who are covering the release of the fifth Harry Potter book on Saturday (June 21).

Sturm, who teaches in the UNC School of Information and Library Science, can discuss why the Potter series has been so successful, the effects on children of such books and of reading, and the value of reading for everyone. He is an expert on literature for children and young adults.

Sturmís research interests include storytelling and folklore, children and technology, childrenís and young adultsí literature, public library services and bibliotherapy.

He came to UNC in 1998, having earned his bachelorís degree from the College of William and Mary and his masterís and doctoral degrees in library science from Indiana University. He can be reached at 919-962-7622, work; 919-968-8920, home; or

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Contact: Catherine Lazorko, communications director, UNC School of Information and Library Science, 919-843-8337,