Archive for January, 2012

Young Readers Rule When It Comes to Library Lending

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

It’s not all about computer games and TV for Irish children as reading continues to be one of their favourite pastimes. Figures released by the Library Council show that children’s authors dominated the ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists in Ireland’s 350 public libraries in 2011.

Eight children’s authors made it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for last year, with Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, the most popular for the third successive year with over 125,000 library loans.

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with stars such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten, alongside Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson. Adam Blade, author of 60 books in the Beast Quest fantasy series, entered the top 10 for the first time.

Prolific US writer James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author for the second successive year with almost 74,000 library loans. Another American favourite, Nora Roberts, who also writes as J.D. Robb, is the second most-borrowed general fiction author with over 54,000 loans.

Irish writers and illustrators, both children’s and adult, are attracting lots of Irish readers, with 15 featuring in the top 100. Darren Shan, author of horror and fantasy books which have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide, is the most popular Irish author for the third year running.

Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light, Dublin City’s ‘One City One Book’ for 2011, was the nation’s most borrowed book last year. Reacting to the news, Mr O’Connor said: ‘I’m deeply honoured that Ghost Light is the most borrowed book of 2011, and I offer a heartfelt thanks to my readers for making it so. All my life since childhood I have been a lover of our libraries. My novels have been researched in them, and I have many times been the beneficiary of the exceptional professionalism and helpfulness of our librarians. Now more than ever, I am proud to support the libraries and the wonderful work they do for their communities up and down the land.’

Fiction continues to dominate and works by Irish authors are very popular, with 34 making it into the top 100. Room, the international bestseller and award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue is the second most borrowed fiction book by an Irish author.

The lists are compiled by The Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by all public libraries in Ireland. 10,229 authors resident in thirty-six countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2011. €179,047.46 was paid out to 4,047 authors in respect of their total library loans.

Twelve authors received the maximum payment of €1,000, and the rate-per-loan was 5.21 cent. Commenting on the third year of PLR, Mark Dearey, Chairman of The Library Council, thanked the country’s librarians for their co-operation in the scheme.

‘Irish public libraries are becoming even more popular each year as the 17 miilion visits and 15 million books borrowed show. Public library staff around the country should be very proud of the service they provide’.

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

For further information please contact:

  • Brendan Teeling, Assistant Director, An Chomhairle Leabarlanna, Tel: 087 6184734; 01 6761167; email: bteeling@librarycouncil.
  • Eva McEneaney, Executive Librarian, PLR Office, An Chomhairle Leabarlanna: Tel: 01 6761167; email: emceneaney@librarycouncil.ie.

Notes for Editors There are over 17 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in over 15 million loans of books. Under the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme, payment is made to authors, illustrators, etc. whose books are borrowed from the country’s 350 public libraries. PLR is managed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (the Library Council) and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2011

1. Most Borrowed Titles 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
2 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
4 Kathryn Stockett The Help
5 Jeff Kinney The Last Straw
6 Jeff Kinney The Ugly Truth
7 Jeff Kinney Rodrick Rules
8 Emma Donoghue Room
9 Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy 2
10 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2. Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2011

Position Author Title
1 Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
2 Kathryn Stockett The Help
3 Emma Donoghue Room
4 Maeve Binchy Minding Frankie
5 Cathy Kelly Homecoming
6 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
7 Christos Tsiolkos The Slap
8 Dan Brown The lost symbol
9 John Grisham The Confession
10 Colum McCann Let the great world spin

3. Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2011

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2 Jeff Kinney The Last Straw
3 Jeff Kinney The Ugly Truth
4 Jeff Kinney Rodrick Rules
5 Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy 2
6 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
7 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
8 Jeff Kinney Dog Days
9 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry’s stink bomb
10 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine

4. Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
2 Emma Donoghue Room
3 Maeve Binchy Minding Frankie
4 Cathy Kelly Homecoming
5 Judi Curtin Alice and Megan forever
6 Marita Conlon-McKenna Under the hawthorn tree
7 Judi Curtin Alice in the middle
8 Colum McCann Let the great world spin
9 Judi Curtin Eva’s Journey
10 Judi Curtin Bonjour Alice

5. Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2011

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Craig Glenday Guinness World Records 2011
3 Rhonda Byrne The Secret
4 Rachel Allen Bake
5 Craig Glenday Guinness World Records 2010

6. Most Borrowed Authors 2011 (Adult and Children Combined)

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

7. Most Borrowed Authors 2011 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Nora Roberts
3 Lee Child
4 Darren Shan
5 Meg Cabot
6 Michael Connelly
7 Jodi Picoult
8 Martina Cole
9 Danielle Steel
10 John Grisham

8. Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2011

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

Most Borrowed Authors 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Details of the 100 most borrowed authors for PLR Year 2011 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Authors 2011

Position Author Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt 26 Dav Pilkey
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Rose Impey
3 Francesca Simon 28 Martin Waddell
4 Roger Hargreaves 29 Karen McCombie
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 Jeremy Strong
6 Enid Blyton 31 Martina Cole
7 James Patterson 32 Danielle Steel
8 Adam Blade 33 Judi Curtin
9 Roald Dahl 34 Eoin Colfer
10 Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb 35 Robert Muchamore
11 Terry Deary 36 Wilbert Awdry
12 Julia Donaldson 37 John Grisham
13 Lee Child 38 Maeve Binchy
14 Michael Morpurgo 39 Harlan Coben
15 J.K. Rowling 40 Karen Wallace
16 Vivian French 41 Sheila O’Flanagan
17 Darren Shan 42 Ian Whybrow
18 Fiona Watt 43 Lucy Daniels
19 Meg Cabot 44 Marita Conlon-McKenna
20 Michael Connelly 45 Tess Gerritsen
21 Anthony Horowitz 46 Agatha Christie
22 Megan McDonald 47 Lemony Snicket
23 Jeff Kinney 48 Jean and Gareth Adamson
24 Jodi Picoult 49 Cathy Cassidy
25 R.L.

Most Borrowed Titles in 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Details of the 100 most borrowed titles for PLR Year 2011 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles 2011

Position Title Author/Contributor
1 Ghost Light Joseph O’Connor
2 Official Driver Theory Test Road Safety Authority/Prometric Ireland Ltd
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
4 The Help Kathryn Stockett
5 The last Straw Jeff Kinney
6 The Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney
7 Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney
8 Room Emma Donoghue
9 Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy 2 Dav Pilkey
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
11 Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
12 Minding Frankie Maeve Binchy
13 Dog Days Jeff Kinney
14 Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
15 Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
16 Homecoming Cathy Kelly
17 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
18 Horrid Henry’s Revenge Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
19 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
20 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
21 Horrid Henry’s Underpants Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
22 Horrid Henry and the Mummy’s Curse Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
23 Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
24 Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
25 Horrid Henry Robs the Bank Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
26 Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
27 Little Darlings Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
28 Horrid Henry and Other Stories Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
29 Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
30 The Slap Christos Tsiolkas
31 Horrid Henry’s Haunted House Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
32 Horrid Henry gets Rich Quick Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
33 Horrid Henry and the Secret Club Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
34 Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince J.K. Rowling
35 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood Jeff Kinney
36 The Lost Symbol Dan Brown
37 Alice & Megan Forever Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
38 Under the Hawthorn Tree Marita Conlon-McKenna
39 Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
40 Alice in the Middle Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
41 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
42 The Longest Whale Song Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
43 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
44 Horrid Henry’s Nits Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
45 The Confession John Grisham
46 Horrid Henry’s Birthday Party Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
47 Guinness World Records 2011 Craig Glenday
48 Horrid Henry Rocks Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
49 Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
50 Eva’s Journey Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
51 Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman Dav Pilkey
52 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling
53 Bonjour Alice Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
54 The Reversal Michael Connelly
55 Don’t ask Alice Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
56 Alice to the Rescue Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
57 Horrid Henry’s holiday Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
58 Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants Dav Pilkey
59 The Secret Rhonda Byrne
60 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
61 Pieces of My Heart Sinead Moriarty
62 The secret of Kells Eithne Massey
63 The Return Journey Maeve Binchy
64 Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies Dav Pilkey
65 The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson
66 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling
67 Skippy Dies Paul Murray
68 Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days Megan McDonald: illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
69 Worth Dying For Lee Child
70 Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets Dav Pilkey
71 The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest Stieg Larsson
72 Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets J.K. Rowling
73 Alice again Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
74 Happy ever after Patricia Scanlan
75 Alice next door Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
76 Mother of the Bride Marita Conlon-McKenna
77 Wildflower Girl Marita Conlon-McKenna
78 A Season to Remember Sheila O’Flanagan
79 Lily Alone Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
80 Starring Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson : illustrated by Nick Sharratt
81 Danny’s Pesky Pet Brianog Brady Dawson: illustrated by Michael Connor
82 Jacky Daydream Jacqueline Wilson: :illustrated by Nick Sharratt
83 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K.