That’s A Wrap 2023!

Hello 2024! We are so excited to see what you have in store for the SDG Library and all our wonderful patrons. Before we say our final goodbyes to 2023, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on how amazing last year was and highlight some of SDG Library’s top must-have items!

In total, 142,644 items were checked out in 2023. But what items stood out the most?

Adult Fiction was dominated by our SDG Read’s author Maureen Jennings and her books: Heat Wave, Cold Snap, and November Rain, with a combined total of 218 circulations! Followed by A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny and It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.

Adult Non-Fiction saw Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, as the topmost wanted biography by our SDG Library patrons, with an incredible total of 77 checkouts. Building good habits and breaking bad ones with Atomic Habits continues to be a favourite among our library users. However, we all do love a good memoir, with Friends, Lovers, and the Big, Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry and From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle leading the way.

Adulte Romans top read among our French patrons included the first three volumes of Place des érables by Louise Tremblay-D’Essiambre. Tome 1: Quincaillerie J. A. Picard & Fils, Tome 2: Casse-croûte Chez Rita and Tome 3: La Pharmacie V. Lamoureux. With Le Cas Nelson Kerr the French translation of Camino Winds by John Grisham, coming up closely, behind.

Teen Fiction saw an incredible jump in circulation of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. We can likely contribute this 2020 novel’s increased popularity to the highly anticipated movie release of the continued Hunger Games series. Wrapping up our teen highlights we noticed that our Teen’s love their graphic novels, with The Legend of Zelda, Demon Slayer, and The Promised Neverland holding the topmost circulated titles in this collection.

Children’s Fiction shows that our kids still love Big Nate, with Big Nate Strike Again circulating 53 times and the long-loved Diary of the Wimpy Kid series continues to bring joy and laughter to our children. Naming claim to the remaining top 5 spots in our most circulated children’s fiction list. This leads us into our children’s graphic novels, and it comes with no surprise to any of us staff working the desk, that Dog Man leads this pack!

Concluding our children’s fiction is our top circulating picture books in English and French: The Pigeon will ride the roller coaster, and Partons en Balade! By Mo Williams!

Children’s Non-Fiction continues to be ruled by the forever popular Guinness Book of World Records, with years: 2024, 2023, 2022, and 2020 combining a ‘record-worthy’ total of 412 circulations!

Have you tried our eBooks? You may want to check out our ever-growing collection of the newest additions. With no late fees and access right from home, need we say more? Our eContent top-circulating titles included The 6:20 Man: A Thriller by David Baldacci with 69 downloads, followed closely by Heat Wave and November Rain by our SDG Reads author Maureen Jennings.

Let’s take a quick look at some of our other library collections, before we conclude this wrap-up party blog!

We weren’t surprised to see our Mobile-Hotspots were the top circulating item from our Library of Things collection, with a total of 657 checkouts, but we were pleasantly surprised to see our patrons enjoying our ukulele’s, acoustic guitars, and keyboard! We love to see our patrons enjoying the special items in this collection, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!

DVD’s are always popular, and we are all shook up by Elvis, with an incredible 78 circulations in 2023. Wow!

A Man called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, followed with 67 checkouts and Mrs. Harris goes to Paris, Sing 2, and Paw Patrol: The Movie leading the way. I think I know what I will be watching this winter season!

Last but certainly not least, we would like to highlight a true gem in our collection. Our Museum Passes and Ontario Park Passes totaled 726 checkouts! This is amazing! We love that our SDG patrons enjoyed exploring and learning in 2023!

Regardless of how you use the library, we hope to have a little bit of something for everyone. This year in 2024, try checking out something new, and be sure to tell your friends, co-workers, family, and neighbors that we are so much more than books!