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What All the Hoopla was about for our Patrons in 2020

30 Dec

Twenty-twenty has been an interesting year to say the least.  Our staff has recommended a variety of resources to help get through what was a tough time for most of us.  I wanted to end the year and take a look back at what our patrons have been enjoying during this unprecedented time by looking at the top check outs we have had in Hoopla. They included everything from a bestselling thriller The Last Flight to classics like Little Women.

Top ebooks for Adults
We ran a short story book discussion of stories from Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman throughout the early months of the pandemic on Discord.  We appreciated everyone who joined us for some great conversation and helped make the ebook the most checked out of 2020. 

Also popular this year with our patrons was The Alice Network, Keeper of Lost Things, and The Last Flight

The most popular digital audiobook was Unfu*k Yourself.

Top Children’s Books
When during the previous election our library held a Kid’s Pick for Story Book Characters for President there was no controversy, Pete the Cat won by a landslide.  And kids clearly would reelect him again this year, since the most popular kid’s book from Hoopla for 2020 was Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by Kimberly and James Dean. 

Also popular were Dragons Love Tacos, How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Popular books for teens included Monday’s Not Coming, Little Women, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and Hunger Games.

Popular Television Shows
Mystery series are always an enjoyable distraction from what is going on in the world and in 2020 they saw lots of viewership. The most popular this year for patrons and also a staff favorite was Death in Paradise with the most popular episode being Season 1 Episode 6.  Also popular with our mystery loving fans were Mr. Mercedes, Queens of Mystery, My Life is Murder, and Agatha Raisin.

Kids enjoyed lots of cartoons including The Amazing World of Gumball, The Loud House, Bubble Guppies, and We Bare Bears.

Popular Movies
Popular movies tended to be comedies and romances this year.  The hilarious, What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary about vampire roommates took top spot. 

Other popular films were Love on the Rise, Sliding Doors, and The Joy Luck Club.

We hope in 2021 you continue to enjoy a variety of ebooks and streaming media from Hoopla and our other great eresources; our virtual library is there for you 24/7.  Happy New Year from all of our staff; we hope it will be a better one for you all!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

Writing Inspiration: Animal Inspired Children’s Stories

17 Apr


For the past few Friday writing prompts, I’ve had suggestions for memoir, fiction, and poetry, but today I thought it would be fun to consider something that could be used for a children’s book.

There is one member of our household who is truly loving the stay at home order, our cat, Pixel. He has been taking the opportunity to get extra pets, though he isn’t so crazy that I’m spending a lot of my time in his favorite desk chair. For me and my son, who is homeschooling, this is a dramatic change from our daily routine, but for Pixel the house is his whole world. The staircase railing is his balance beam, a fly is in an invading enemy who must be destroyed, our bow window is where he watches live musical performances by song birds.

Think about your own furry, feathered, or finned pet; what might their daily life look like in your imagination? What funny antics could be transformed into a story? Which of their distinctive behaviors make you smile? Would your anthropomorphized pet have a signature look such as a beret or a paisley tie? Would your polydactyl kitty be the world’s best baseball player? Could your canary win a singing competition? Let your imagination run wild. If you have your own children, then have them come up with ideas with you. Those artistically inclined might want to sketch out some illustrations. If you don’t have a pet, instead consider the wildlife out your window such as pigeons or squirrels.

Maybe your fur baby can join Splat, Mittens, or the legendary Pete in the pantheon of critters who have captured kid’s hearts!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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