Trending in the Library 2016


By: Kristin Bennett

Director of Library Services




Are you wondering what types of materials folks in your community are reading? Are you curious to find out if you’ve read the most popular local titles of the year? Well you’re in luck. It’s the end of the year and we’ve been running the numbers for our circulation statistics and they are ready to share with you.

If you’ve ever been curious to know what types of materials circulate best at the library you may be interested to know that traditional books are still number 1. The top three circulating classes, adult fiction, large print fiction, and juvenile easy books are all traditional book formats. It looks like the traditional paper books still reigns supreme in Henry County for now.

Material class accounting for the highest percentage of circulation 2016:

  1. Adult fiction: 23.5% of circulation
  2. Large Print fiction: 16% of circulation
  3. Juvenile Easy fiction: 14% of circulation
  4. DVDs: 9% of circulation
  5. Ebooks: 9% of circulation


When it came to the most popular titles this year most of the top ten included bestselling adult authors such as James Patterson and Nora Roberts. However, Finding Winnie, a juvenile non-fiction book about the origins of Winnie the Pooh tied for most circulations this year. This title won the 2016 Caldecott Award. We also had a couple of young adult titles make the list. The Maze Runner, a YA dystopian title actually tied for 4th place. The popularity of this title was helped by the series of movies that have come out over recent years based on the books. Also, no surprise that the newest Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made the list, also tied for 4th place. This book came out at the end of July 2016. Had it come out earlier there is no doubt it could have easily made the top three on the list. Without further ado, I give you the top 10 circulating titles from 2016. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet I encourage you to come to the library and give them a try.

Titles with the highest circulation 2016:

1.Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick, 33 circulations

1.15th Affair by James Patterson, 33 circulations

2.Extreme Prey by John Stanford, 31 circulations

3.The Obsession by Nora Roberts, 30 circulations

4.Trickey Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich, 29 circulations

4.The Maze Runner by James Dashner, 29 circulations

4.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, 29 circulations

5.A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber, 27 circulations

6.Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods, 26 circulations

7.NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson, 25 circulations


For those of you non-fiction gurus we haven’t forgotten about you. Although the library contains materials on a wide array of topics, some themes are consistently more popular than others year after year. The most popular non-fiction categories this year were:

  1. 600s: Applied Sciences, 27% of total non-fiction circulation
  2. 900s: History/Biography/Geography, 20% of total non-fiction circulation
  3. 300s: Social Sciences, 18% of total non-fiction circulation

Although the 600s category contains a wide range of materials from books on transportation, farm animals, and medicine. Without a doubt the best circulating section of the 600s is the cookbooks. Keep on cooking Henry County! The Library has you covered.

History has always been a popular topic among patrons at the Henry County Library year after year our history titles consistently check out regularly. The most popular history topics are American history, WWII, and the Civil War.

Finally, we look to the 300s. This Social Sciences section of the library covers a lot of ground, containing materials about law, government, jobs, money, families, and even folklore. However, the best circulating sub-section of the 300s is the True Crime Materials.

We at the Henry County Library have been happy to serve all of your informational and recreational needs in 2016. We hope you will all continue to come and explore all the materials and services we have to offer in 2017. Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season from your friendly neighborhood library!