Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Year in Review at the Library

The following is our weekly column.

The Year in Review at the Library
With the winter solstice, and the shortest day of the year upon us, the library has an abbreviated week ahead.  The library will be open on December 24th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  We will be closed on Wednesday December 25th and will re-open on Thursday December 26th at 9:00 a.m.

Most Popular Adult Books
This year one nonfiction book made it to the top of the most popular adult books.  1.  Easy English by Christopher Warnasch is a Living Language product that aids speakers of any language to get a good start on speaking English. The rest of our titles fall into the mystery/ suspense category:   Alex Cross Run by James Patterson; The Hit by David Baldacci; Breaking Point: a Joe Pickett Mystery by C.J. Box; and Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline.

Most Popular Young Adult Books
The young adults have a broad variety of genres in their most popular list.  The top five titles are:  City of Bones by Cassandra Clarke, Never:  the Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson, Requiem by Lauren Oliver, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

Most Popular Children’s Books
The leaders in popular books for children were led by the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise with Cabin Fever, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7, and Greg Heffley’s Journal.  Graphic novels continue to be popular with Dragon Ball Z: the Greatest Team Ever by Akira Toriyama and King Book 6 by Yuji Iwahara.

Audio Book Leaders
While digital audio is growing, many of our patrons still enjoy our books on CD.  The top five on of these titles are:  The Next Always by Nora Roberts, The Chance by Karen Kingsbury, Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly, Fatally Flakey by Diane Mott Davidson, and Deadly Stakes by J.A. Jance.

Best of Music CDs
Popular and Latino music dominate the most popular music CDs of 2013.  They are:  Up All Night by One Direction, Pink Friday Roman reloaded by Nicky Minaj, La Musica No Se Toca by Alejandro Sanz, F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown, and Joyas Prestadas pop deluxe by Jenni Rivera.

Most Popular Movies
Movies are a big deal at the library.  These are the top five movie checkouts this year:  Home Alone, Game of Thrones the first complete season, Ice Age Continental Drift, Rio, and Secret of the Wings.

A Little Light Reading:
This time of year is very busy, but there is always time for books.  The following are a few selections for your light reading.

Nebraska: under the Big Red Sky by Joel Sartore is a photographic look at Nebraska life from a photojournalist from the National Geographic.  It captures why we love living in Nebraska.

Sketches of Nebraska by Robert Hanna is a compendium of sketches the artist made of commonplace people and things in Nebraska.

I Could Pee on This:  and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Mariciuliano is a new release from Chronicle Books of San Francisco, California, that is perfect for light holiday reading.  With the author’s straight forward poems and enticing pictures of cats, this book will touch the cat lover in you.  The author catches the spirit of cats.

Have a happy and safe holiday.

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