Mixed bag of favourites kept city library staff busy
From the Guiness Book of World Records to Lee Child novels to Captain Underpants - the favourite books borrowed by Invercargill Library users in 2013 was certainly a mixed bag.
Lists compiled by the Invercargill City Library showing the top 10 issued items across different categories reveal a diverse range of literary preferences.
When people find an author they like, it appears they stick with them.
Eight of the top 10 adult fiction titles are by either Lee Child or James Patterson.
Lee Child's Worth Dying For sits pride of place at the No 1 spot for most borrowed books, both on the overall most popular list and adult list.
Adult non-fiction is dominated by stories about fellow New Zealanders, with nine of the 10 listed being Kiwi yarns.
For children's non-fiction, the Guiness World Records book takes out the top spot.
Clearly the traditional childhood fascination with all things weird and wonderful continues.
The building blocks for the next generation of engineers, builders and designers are also being laid brick by colourful plastic bricks, with four Lego titles appearing in the list.
Fictionwise for kids, it's all about a wimpy kid's diary. It must be pretty good because there are six different titles taking up the top 10.
However Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy captured the No 1 spot.
Musically speaking, Invercargill residents are a diverse bunch.
From Burt Bacharach to Bruno Mars, all bases and tastes are covered.
The Best Beer Drinking Songs Ever For Girls even makes an appearance at No 4.
Invercargill City Library manager Marianne Foster said the library's items were issued about 620,000 times in 2013.
This was slightly down on previous years because a number of people were accessing items online, she said.
However, the number of people visiting the library increased 5 per cent thanks to a wider range of library programmes.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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