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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

Wishing for Fantasy with Endless Legends?: Wish Granted with The Last Wish

16 Dec

In a world of magic spells, mythical creatures and fantasy lands you would think nothing could go wrong, right? In the world of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher, nature was filled with life until the humans came and wiped out sacred elf lands and the homes of other races. Eventually they began to use magic to alter the chemistry of a human to enhance themselves in order to kill stronger creatures. The ritual extracts emotions from the person and gives them great power. The rest of the world does not see these people as humans anymore, but instead as “witchers.” Vagabonds who roam the lands seeking for work, give the Witcher money and the Witcher will slay your village monster. You are introduced to “Geralts of Rivia” the most famous witcher known for slaying the most impossible of creatures. If you love fantasy and adventure then this is the book for you.

I found this book interesting seeing that it feels more like a collection of short stories with the same main character than a single narrative, which to me gives a new twist and feel to the world. You get to meet many fascinating characters. Although the Witcher encounters some people, and some monsters, if Andrzej Sapkowski were to take away the description of their physical attributes you could not tell whether or not the Witcher is talking to a person or beast.

Though the Witcher walks the path in-between, in this world the ugly may be fair and the beautiful may be foul. All people and monsters alike fear and hate the witchers. This makes Geralts life more difficult, yet he seems to be different from the other witchers. Geralts has been shown to have some emotions which are unheard of in the world of the witcher. If you are interested in fantasy adventures with a great detailed world filled with mystery and endless legends then the Last Wish might just be your first wish. Available now at eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS as ebooks and digital audiobooks.

Written by:
Andre Lebron
Circulation Assistant

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