Children’s Books Top Library Loans’ Charts

April 12th, 2011

Irish children are the champion borrowers from public libraries, with eight children’s authors making it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for 2010.

Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, is Irish children’s top choice for the second successive year with over 115,000 library loans.

Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series, was the second most-borrowed author, coming in just ahead of Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame. Reacting to the popularity of Daisy Meadows, Megan Larkin, publisher of the series, said:

‘We are delighted to hear that Rainbow Magic is so popular in Irish public libraries. The popularity of libraries among school-age readers shows their vital importance to society.’

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl making it into the top ten, alongside the ever popular Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.

Prolific US author James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with almost 65,000 library loans.  Hailed by the New York Times Magazine as having ‘transformed book publishing’, his books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide.

Darren Shan is the most popular Irish author for the second year running, at number fifteen, while eighteen Irish authors feature in the top 100.

The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the nation’s most borrowed book, clinching top spot for the second year.

In second position is Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which claimed the 2009 Costa Novel Award. The judges described Brooklyn as ‘Poised, quiet and incrementally shattering – we all loved this book and can’t praise it highly enough.’

Reacting to the news, Mr Tóibín remarked:

‘I think the public libraries in Ireland are a great national resource; the people who work in them are dedicated and provide a wonderful service.’

Fiction continues to dominate the title list and books by Irish authors are very popular. Six of the ten most popular adult fiction books are by Irish authors: Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín; The boy in the striped pyjamas, by John Boyne; Once in a lifetime by Cathy Kelly; The return journey, by Maeve Binchy; The secret scripture, by Sebastian Barry, and Let the great world spin, by Colum McCann.

The ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists are compiled by the Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by public libraries.

The figures are released following the second Bord Gáis Energy READISCOVER Your Local Library campaign, during which hundreds of events took place in public libraries throughout Ireland.

10,011 authors resident in thirty-two countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2010. €319,558.75 was paid out to 4,639 authors in respect of their total library loans. Four authors received the maximum payment of €3,000, and the rate-per-loan was 8.88 cent.

Commenting on the second year of PLR, Senator Mark Dearey, Chairman of The Library Council, stated that the Council was delighted to manage the PLR scheme and thanked the country’s public library services for their co-operation in providing the loans data.

PLR is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Information about PLR is available at www.plr.ie.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Brendan Teeling, Assistant Director,  Library Council:
Tel: 087 6184734; 01 6761167; email: bteeling@librarycouncil.ie.

Eva McEneaney, Executive Librarian, PLR Office,  Library Council: 
Tel: 01 6761167; email: emceneaney@librarycouncil.ie.

Notes for Editors

Under the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme, payment is made to authors, illustrators, etc. whose books are borrowed from one of the country’s 352 public libraries.

PLR is managed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (the Library Council) and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. 

There are over 14 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in 14 million loans of books.

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2010   

Most Borrowed Titles 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
3 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
4 John Boyne The boy in the striped pyjamas
5 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
6 Stephenie Meyer Twilight
7 Dan Brown The lost symbol
8 Stieg Larsson The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest
9 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
10 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake The BFG

Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author Title
1 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
2 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
3 John Boyme The boy in the striped pyjamas
4 Dan Brown The lost symbol
5 Stieg Larsson The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest
6 Cathy Kelly Once in a lifetime
7 Maeve Binchy The return journey
8 Sebastian Barry The secret scripture
9 Stieg Larsson The girl who played with fire
10 Colum McCann Let the great world spin

Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author Title
1 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
2 Stephenie Meyer Twilight
3 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
4 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake The BFG
5 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
7 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the football fiend
8 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb
9 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine
10 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the prizoner of Azkaban

 

Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
2 John Boyne The boy in the striped pyjamas
3 Cathy Kelly Once in a lifetime
4 Maeve Binchy The return journey
5 Sebastian Barry The secret scripture
6 Colum McCann Let the great world spin
7 Marian Keyes The brightest star in the sky
8 Patricia Scanlan Happy ever after
9 Cathy Kelly Lessons in heartbreak
10 Maeve Binchy Heart and soul

Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Rhonda Byrne The Secret

Most Borrowed Authors 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Adult/Children
1 Roderick Hunt C
2 Daisy Meadows C
3 Francesca Simon C
4 Enid Blyton C
5 Jacqueline Wilson C
6 Roger Hargreaves C
7 James Patterson A
8 Nora Roberts A
9 Roald Dahl C
10 Terry Deary C

Most Borrowed  Authors 2010 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Nora Roberts
3 Lee Child
4 Darren Shan
5 Jodi  Picoult
6 Meg Cabot
7 Michael Connelly
8 Danielle Steel
9 Maeve Binchy
10 Tess Gerritsen

Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2010

Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt
2 Daisy Meadows
3 Francesca Simon
4 Enid Blyton
5 Jacqueline Wilson
6 Roger Hargreaves
7 Roald Dahl
8 Terry Deary
9 Adam Blade
10 Julia Donaldson

Most Borrowed Irish Authors 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author
1 Darren Shan
2 Martin Waddell
3 Eoin Colfer
4 Maeve Binchy
5 Marita Conlon-McKenna
6 Sheila O’Flanagan
7 Judi Curtin
8 Patricia Scanlan
9 Roddy Doyle
10 Marian Keyes

Detailed lists of the most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2010 can be accessed on the PLR website at www.plr.ie

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.

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