Library Moments: Top Performers

Top Performers of 2013

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

With 2014 approaching, we thought it would be interesting to discover which library titles circulated the most in Haliburton County during 2013. Being the library geeks that we are, this was an exciting process and we waited impatiently for the computer to spit out the results. Hopefully you find this as monumental as we do! Amanda Wilk, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will share the answers with you.

Eating DirtErin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Top adult non-fiction was an interesting subject mix of nature, environment, health, memoir, and self-help.

Eating Dirt: deep forests, big timber, and life with the tree-planting tribe by Charlotte Gill lead the year with 97 circs. In second place was the widely read and debated health book Wheat Belly: lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health by William Davis. Finally combining memoir, nature, and self-help, Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed was our third most requested adult non-fiction book.

Our highest circulating adult non-fiction title, Eating Dirt, chronicles one year in the 20 year/1 million tree career of tree planter Charlotte Gill. In a world between environmentalists and loggers, tree planters brave harsh terrain and conditions to reforest natural areas where clear cutting has occurred. Throughout her non-fiction narrative as she poetically relates spectacular scenery and heart stopping bear encounters, Gill also discusses the environmental impact of logging, its history, and the many uses of wood from textiles to airplane parts. Eating Dirt celebrates the value and beauty of the forest, planted one tree at a time.

Amanda Wilk, Public Services Librarian: As Sherrill mentioned, I was very excited to discover which young adult novels Jellicoe Roadcirculated most in 2013.

At the top of the list was Suzanne Collins’ incredibly popular Hunger Games trilogy which includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. These three books circulated a total of 81 times in 2013! Their continued popularity was likely fuelled by the big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games, and recent release of the Catching Fire film.

Next on the list was the second book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, entitled Insurgent which went out 23 times. The conclusion to this trilogy Allegiant was released in October, and has continually been circulated since its arrival.

Finally, in third place is Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road, which circulated 21 times. I am so thrilled that Jellicoe Road made the list, because it was my selection for the Haliburton County Reads Battle of the Books, which ran on Canoe this past summer. It tells the story of Taylor Markham, who was abandoned by her mother at the age of 11, and is now 17. A leader at her Australian boarding school, she finds herself confronted by a past that she thought had been laid to rest. Poignant, heart-breaking but hopeful, romantic, and unforgettable, Jellicoe Road is a great novel for readers of any age.

little shadowsSherrill: Top adult fiction, and overall winner, was The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott with 105 checkouts.

The two adult fiction runners-up were A Wanted Man: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child and Stray Bullets by Robert Rotenberg.

Top performer of the year The Little Shadows is set in a vanished time, in the fantastically rich world of vaudeville, and revolves around three sisters: Aurora, the eldest and most beautiful, sixteen when the book opens; thoughtful Clover, who is fourteen; and the youngest, headstrong Bella, who is thirteen. The girls, overseen by their fond but barely coping Mama, must make their living as a singing act after the untimely death of their father. They begin with little besides youth and hope, but Endicott’s genius is to show how the three girls evolve into true artists. In gorgeous prose and through unforgettable characters, Marina Endicott takes us onto the brightly lit stage and then into the little shadows that lurk behind the curtain, and reveals how the art of vaudeville–in all its variety, madness, melodrama, hilarity and sorrow–echoes the art of life itself.

And one more interesting bit of information – the top dvd circulation went to Skyfall, the last James Bond movie released, with 98 checkouts. That’s it for this week’s edition of Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from January 6th-18th 2014



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