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What's Hot at Your Library?

I loved Travis's idea to post the Top 10 most circulating books, so here are ours (due to ties, there may be more than 10 in a category)! We are a public library youth department (birth through high school) in mid-Michigan. This would be fun to do every year and compare.

Since we're a public library, we normally do circulation statistics based on the calendar year (or sometimes fiscal year), but in the spirit of "end of the school year" I ran mine from August 2010 to June 2011. Our circulation periods for all of these items are 3 weeks (except the DVDs), with one renewal possible if there is not a hold on the title. Please note that these are the most circulating copies of books and not the most circulating titles, which I am honestly not sure how to calculate on our ILS. That explains the absence of many of the series we have lots of copies of (Harry Potter and Twilight come to mind) but even though we have several copies of Jeff Kinney's, Suzanne Collins', or Rick Riordan's books, you will find them in the appropriate list, for example. I think it is more interesting when you discount a lot of the things that are mega-popular everywhere. So here are the "winners":

Most Circulating YA Books:
City of Ashes
City of Bones
Hush, Hush
I am Number Four
Vampire Academy
Blue Moon
Vampire Diaries: The Awakening

Most Circulating Chapter Books

Atemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary This is one of my favorite J series and I have enjoyed watching its rise in popularity.
A Good Night for Ghosts
Winter of the Ice Wizard
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook The Grammar Police may disagree with this title.
Big Nate (this copy managed to go out 14 times during this time period!)
Big Nate Strikes Again
The Last Olympian
The Lost Hero
Dork Diaries
The Fellowship of the Ring

Most Circulating Board Books, Picture Books & Easy Readers
AKA Yup, We got Some Laura Numeroff, David Shannon, & Mo Willems fans here.
Duck Goes Potty
Peekaboo, Puppy
Star Wars ABC
I Spy Fly Guy
Super Fly Guy
Henry and the Elephant
I Love My New Toy
If you Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Give a Pig a Party
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza
David Goes to School
David Gets in Trouble
It's Christmas, David!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

Most Popular Biography Subjects
Justin Bieber
Anne Frank
Ulysses S. Grant
John Hancock
Helen Keller
Charles Schultz
Carrie Underwood
George Washington
Truly a fascinating list of people!

Most Popular DVDs
Alvin and the Chipmunks banned from Miss Anne's house. No SINGING rodents rule. Very strict.
Despicable Me
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
How to Train Your Dragon
Planet 51
Ramona and Beezus
Shrek Forever After
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Toy Story 3

Graphic Novels
Garfield and Bone volumes were our most circulating J Graphic Novels. In the YA Graphic Novels, it was the Twilight Graphic Novel, the first volume of Angel Sanctuary, and the Star Wars, Batman or Superman titles. This is kinda sad for me because we have some awesome titles that aren't circulating well, so if you have any awesome GN promotion ideas, let me know (leave a comment or email me).


  1. I think your YA most circulating is going to look very similar to the top 10 at my library!


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