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What are folks reading in Guelph? #48: 2013

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on December 2, 2013

kitty #48I have to admit that the required statistics courses in library school were not my favorite. I struggled. However now, I am totally interested in the statistics that track the library’s performance and our customer’s preferences.

For example at the Guelph Public Library (GPL) our:

Highest circulating items in the last 5 years were…

No surprise the top circulators are all magazines.  With 12-52 copies per year, their numbers add up quickly.

Second in genre popularity are DVDs representing 39% of the top 100 best circulators. Our most popular DVD TV series were: all 5 seasons of 24 (you go Jack Bower), Midsomer Murders (all 7 sets), plus X Files seasons 1& 2.

Our most popular book: The Official Drivers Handbook at #18 and no surprise in the home of Bob Munsch #57 was No Clean Clothes.

Highest circulating items in the last 5 years:

People Weekly magazine – 27,412 circulations
Hello magazine – 12,527 circulations
Canadian House & Home magazine – 7,188 circulations
Consumer Reports magazine – 5,998 circulations
The Official Drivers Handbook – 3,906 circulations
24 (season 1) DVD – 2,934 circulations
Curious George DVD – 2,633 circulations
Star Wars Episode 3 DVD- 2,492 circulations
No Clean Clothes by Robert Munsch – 2,172 circulations

Most popular fiction in the last 5 years was…

GPL’s  13+ copies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have circulated over 1,800 times, followed in popularity by the works of J.K. Rowlings circulating over 3,400 times and Dan Brown titles circulating over 2,200 times.

Most popular nonfiction in the last 5 years…

The first three titles on this list are all related to cars…driving manuals and Lemon Aid titles, followed by the William Davis Wheatbelly books which together have circulated more than 350 times since we put them on the shelf.

Cookbooks are a large section of the nonfiction collection. In the last 5 years the #1 circulating cookbook at GPL has been Eat, Shrink and Be Merry by Janet & Greta Podleski circulating 388 times.  In the 2013 list of the top circulators there were 3 Canadian titles, and one from the amazing Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten.

In both lists; slow cookers, vegetarian and gluten free cookbooks made a strong showing in the top 20 titles and are acquisition priority for 2014.

Most circulating cookbooks:
Last 5 Years:
1. Eat, Shrink & Be Merry
2. Deceptively Delicious
3. Weight Watchers All Time Favorites
4. Home Baking
5. 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

1. Slow Cookers for Dummies
2. Moosewood Restaurant: New Classics
3. LooneySpoons: Low Fat Food Made Fun
4. Barefoot in Paris
5. The Breadbaker’s Apprentice

Kitty Pope                                                                     #48 November 2013



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