Monday, October 20, 2014

Noted: Found Items from Library Books

Lately, we have seen a spate of items returned with Post-Its attached. We often find items returned with opinions - DVDs especially, with their handy attached "report any problem" forms (some people's problems with the DVDs are more in the range of "This movie is really bad" than "This movie doesn't play", as seen in this post from the I Work At A Public Library blog). We thank customers for attaching their opinions and not writing in or on library items!

Should you find a book on the shelf that has been written in (or with other damage), please do bring it to the attention of library staff.  If you want to check it out, we can stamp it "Damage Noted", and there won't be any question upon its return that the item was damaged before you checked it out!



We also find a lot of items left in books when they are returned, including bookmarks, personal mail, library cards, Post-It flags, and other personal treasures. Sometimes we even find original drawings! Don't forget to check inside your book before you turn it in.  Most items found in books, unless they are trash (tissues, etc.), will be put in lost and found temporarily before being discarded.



By the way, we totally agree with whomever wrote this about Nick Hornby!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Top Circulating DVDs, Audiobooks, Playaways, and Music CDs

“Knowledge is like money: To be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”
― Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man  


In the library, "circulation" means a lot of things.  What's sometimes called the "library card desk" is also known as "circulation".  When we look at a book's record, we count how many times it has checked out as its "circs". The library's collection floats (items checked out at one branch and returned at another stay at the branch at which they are returned), but its items circulate.

Are you ever curious about which titles get checked out the most in the library system? We've put together some Top Ten lists of the recent top circulating non-books (except digital media) - DVDs, audiobooks, Playaways, and music CDs.



Top Circulating DVDs (adult fiction series)
1
Star Trek, The Next Generation
2
Poirot
3
True Blood
4
Dexter
5
Mad Men
6
Jesse Stone
7
Sherlock
8
Foyle’s War
9
Downton Abbey
10
Riddick

Series DVDs look to be the top circulating DVDs in the system, probably because most have multiple sets by season.  So, we thought we'd look for the most popular DVDs that are not part of a series:



Top Circulating DVDs (adult fiction, non-series)
1
Blue Jasmine
2
Iron Man 3
3
World War Z
4
Anchorman
5
The Wolverine
6
Elysium
7
Argo
8
Red
9
2 Guns
10
American Hustle

Pimsleur was the big winner in audiobooks, with the top circulating languages being Spanish (Latin American), French, German, and Italian. We opted to take them out of the equation for our table.



Top Circulating Audiobooks (other than Pimsleur language learning program)
1
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
2
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
3
Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman
4
The Wailing Wind by Tony Hillerman
5
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
6
Doing Hard Time by Stuart Woods
7
Hit Me by Lawrence Block
8
Stone Cold by C. J. Box
9
The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler
10
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

If you are an audiobook listener, have you tried a Playaway yet?  Playaways are preloaded, prerecorded audio players, the size of a deck of cards, that hold up to 80 hours of audio - they are marketed as "the all-in-one audiobook".  You don't have to fiddle around with individual discs, but you do have provide your own headphones and batteries.  You will recognize them by their distinctive orange case.



Top Circulating Playaways
1
True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
2
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
3
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
4
Gotcha! by Fern Michaels
5
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
6
Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
7
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
8
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
9
Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
10
Deadly Stakes by J.A. Jance

What music are you listening to? This is the music that library customers are favoring at the moment:



Top Circulating Music CDs (adult)
1
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
2
Icon (greatest hits series, including Etta James, Michael Jackson, Uriah Heep, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Nirvana, and others)
3
Native – One Republic
4
G I R L – Pharrell Williams
5
Morning Phase - Beck
6
Pure Heroine - Lorde
7
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
8
Abbey Road – The Beatles
9
To Be Loved – Michael Buble
10
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

If you are wondering about some other top circulating non-traditional items, here are a couple for you:

1) ¡Explora! is the top circulating museum pass.
2) Five branches of the library have Early Literacy Centers with Every Child Ready to Read literacy kits available for checkout. The kit with the most checkouts is: Have Fun With Reading.
3) Other items with high circulation: Kindle Keyboards and Kill-A-Watt energy detectors.
4) Top circulating magazines: People, New Yorker, Time, US Weekly, House Beautiful, and Sports Illustrated.