Richmond Reads

What Richmond’s Reading: Summer 2016

Does your public library have an active blog? Do the bloggers write amazing posts about ergodic literature and getting recommendations from author obituaries? I think I kind of luck out with the gems Richmond Public Library’s blog serves up, but my favorite was a list of the top ten books checked out in 2015, including lists for each individual branch. I’m still fascinated by it several months later and keep wishing I had a monthly version to geek out over.

Richmond Reads Summer

Enter my online library account! It’s been there forever, but I just recently noticed a “What Others Are Reading” link that shows the system’s most frequently used books over the last three months.

Magic by Danielle Steel
Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems
I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
A Sinful Calling by Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey
I Am Invited To a Party! by Mo Willems
I Am Going! by Mo Willems
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich
The Perfect Mistress by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler

So much Mo Willems! No James Patterson! I’m not a kid lit person—is Mo Willems a superstar or is Richmond just strangely in love with him? I really wonder how much summer impacts this, since there weren’t any kids books on the year end list from 2015. I imagine there’s an uptick in kid lit during the summer months, no? Library friends? Also interesting, but not necessarily surprising, is the absence of books like Emma Cline’s The Girls, which seems like it’s absolutely everywhere (though there are a ton of holds, I checked). We’ll see what things look like in the Fall!

Have you checked out your library’s stats? Anything surprising? 

  • So interesting! And who the heck is Mo Willem?! Seems like everyone else knows who he is :) Now I’m going to go check my library’s website for a similar link…dying to see what books come out on top.

    • Several people have told me their kids love his books and they check out several at a time, so it makes sense!

  • When you go to our library home page, you can set it to show the NY Time bestsellers or the most popular checked-out items from our library, as well as new books in different categories. It’s pretty cool.

    I don’t know about the Mo Willems love. We’ve read his books once or twice, but I’m not sure he would be the most popular checkout for kids (at least at our library).

    • I love being able to see all the new books that the library has listed out on the site, too! It does tend to get me in the most trouble, though ;)

  • Our library homepage isn’t really the greatest, but they at least have a lot of programs (there’s even a jazz music library and a grand piano at the main branch!). Still, I’m often jealous of you when you speak of yours!

  • I am absolutely tickled by the number of children’s books on this list. Also, some of the titles are so vague. “I Am Going!” Going where??? Guess I should read some Mo Willems and find out.

    Sadly, my current library doesn’t send out any kind of newsletter, but I have high hopes for the Seattle Public Library!

  • Kailana

    I am surprised that Mo Willems is on the list so many times. I think my library used to break it up more by age, but it was a less surprising list. lol

  • I’d be dead curious to see what the most-read books in my library system are, but we don’t seem to have that link. Y’all’s has it in Overdrive?

  • Wow. I’m jealous! Neither site for the library systems to which I have access have this function. That’s pretty cool!

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    This is a really fun idea! I’ll have to see if my library has this info available. And there are, indeed, a lot of Mo Willems books on that list.

  • This is so interesting! I dug around on Brooklyn Public Library’s site for a little, but can’t find anything similar. :( I’ll have to keep an eye out – maybe they publish them at the end of the year as well.

    RE: Mo Willems – I love him so much. I think he’s adored by kids nation wide too. He’s my go-to when buying book gifts for kids.

  • This is intensely interesting! I’m going to have to take a look on my library’s site… considering I live in whitey-white suburb (ugh) I’m sure I won’t be TOO shocked at what I find. Mo Williams… no idea.