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Most popular library books for San Ramon Valley readers in 2020

County library surpasses 1 million e-rentals for books/audiobooks

The Contra Costa County Library System reached a record-breaking 1 million digital book checkouts in 2020, a feat achieved as residents searched for alternative methods of education and entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Illustrating the community's continued desire for digital books and audiobook rentals amid the lockdown, staff said Contra Costa County Library is one of 102 public library systems worldwide that have surpassed 1 million electronic checkouts.

"We have worked hard to expand our digital offerings and are very proud to be able to provide free access to a large and diverse selection of materials. Thank you to all the loyal readers and cardholders who helped us to reach this milestone," county library spokesperson Brooke Converse said.

Locally, San Ramon and Dougherty Station libraries' users accounted for 175,044 e-checkouts over the past year while Danville Library users made 105,138 e-checkouts in 2020.

The top-circulating genre in the county -- thrillers -- represents the most popular in a large and diverse catalog that also includes biographies, romance and children/young adult novels.

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Highlighting some of the most prevalent issues of the year, San Ramon Valley library users also also checked out books that tackled racial justice and social issues en masse, with books such as "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo and "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas being among the most popular books of the year.

According to county officials, the top 10 most popular books rented at the San Ramon Valley's three county libraries are the following:

Most popular books - Danville

"The Giver of Stars"

"American Dirt"

"Little Fires Everywhere"

"The Dutch House"

"The Vanishing Half"

"Educated"

"Such a Fun Age"

"Big Summer"

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"

"White Fragility"

Most popular books - San Ramon/Dougherty Station

"Big Nate: Mr. Popularity"

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

"The Hate U Give"

"Guts: Smile Series, Book 3"

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Hunger Games Series, Book 0"

"Where the Crawdads Sing"

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"

"Big Nate in the Zone: Big Nate Series Book 6"

"New Kid"

"Little Fires Everywhere"

Contra Costa County Library has been providing readers with access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years through the platform OverDrive and its award-winning Libby reading app, with county officials saying interest in e-rentals is steadily growing each year.

County readers can access the library's digital offerings by signing up for a valid library card which can be accessed online.

Readers can access the county's digital library using any major device, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle (US only). Visit ccc.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating this reading milestone with our patrons," Interim County Librarian Alison McKee said. "We are eager to serve members of the community wherever they are, and in these unique and challenging times we are proud to be able to expand our digital collection to do just that."

Countywide, the top five ebook titles borrowed through Contra Costa County Library’s digital collection in 2020:

1. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

2. "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes

3. "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

4. "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

5. "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

The top five audiobook titles borrowed through Contra Costa County Library’s digital collection in 2020:

1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" by J.K. Rowling

2. "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

3. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson

4. "Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell

5. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama.

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Most popular library books for San Ramon Valley readers in 2020

County library surpasses 1 million e-rentals for books/audiobooks

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 21, 2021, 4:05 pm

The Contra Costa County Library System reached a record-breaking 1 million digital book checkouts in 2020, a feat achieved as residents searched for alternative methods of education and entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Illustrating the community's continued desire for digital books and audiobook rentals amid the lockdown, staff said Contra Costa County Library is one of 102 public library systems worldwide that have surpassed 1 million electronic checkouts.

"We have worked hard to expand our digital offerings and are very proud to be able to provide free access to a large and diverse selection of materials. Thank you to all the loyal readers and cardholders who helped us to reach this milestone," county library spokesperson Brooke Converse said.

Locally, San Ramon and Dougherty Station libraries' users accounted for 175,044 e-checkouts over the past year while Danville Library users made 105,138 e-checkouts in 2020.

The top-circulating genre in the county -- thrillers -- represents the most popular in a large and diverse catalog that also includes biographies, romance and children/young adult novels.

Highlighting some of the most prevalent issues of the year, San Ramon Valley library users also also checked out books that tackled racial justice and social issues en masse, with books such as "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo and "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas being among the most popular books of the year.

According to county officials, the top 10 most popular books rented at the San Ramon Valley's three county libraries are the following:

Most popular books - Danville

"The Giver of Stars"

"American Dirt"

"Little Fires Everywhere"

"The Dutch House"

"The Vanishing Half"

"Educated"

"Such a Fun Age"

"Big Summer"

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"

"White Fragility"

Most popular books - San Ramon/Dougherty Station

"Big Nate: Mr. Popularity"

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

"The Hate U Give"

"Guts: Smile Series, Book 3"

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Hunger Games Series, Book 0"

"Where the Crawdads Sing"

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"

"Big Nate in the Zone: Big Nate Series Book 6"

"New Kid"

"Little Fires Everywhere"

Contra Costa County Library has been providing readers with access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years through the platform OverDrive and its award-winning Libby reading app, with county officials saying interest in e-rentals is steadily growing each year.

County readers can access the library's digital offerings by signing up for a valid library card which can be accessed online.

Readers can access the county's digital library using any major device, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle (US only). Visit ccc.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating this reading milestone with our patrons," Interim County Librarian Alison McKee said. "We are eager to serve members of the community wherever they are, and in these unique and challenging times we are proud to be able to expand our digital collection to do just that."

Countywide, the top five ebook titles borrowed through Contra Costa County Library’s digital collection in 2020:

1. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

2. "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes

3. "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

4. "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

5. "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

The top five audiobook titles borrowed through Contra Costa County Library’s digital collection in 2020:

1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" by J.K. Rowling

2. "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

3. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson

4. "Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell

5. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama.

Comments

Anne Milano Appel
Registered user
Alamo
on Jan 22, 2021 at 11:32 am
Anne Milano Appel, Alamo
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 11:32 am

The ebooks the Library provides are a wonderful service. So is front-door pickup for physical books and other material. Numerous titles are available from our Contra Costa County system but no one library system can own every title or meet all of our needs. That’s why LINK+ was such a great service, allowing us to obtain materials from other library systems.
LINK+ has not been available to us since the Library experienced a cyber-attack in January 2020. I wonder if the Library has any plans to restore the service, or whether this is now dependent on the pandemic. A question for the Library: Is there any hope that LINK+ will be up and running again soon?
Anne Milano Appel
Former Marin County Librarian; Translator
(ebook of my latest translation: Heaven and Earth by Paolo Giordano)


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