Library Corner: Celebrate National Book Lovers Day
Grand County Library District
Though it’s a little late, there is still time to celebrate National Book Lovers Day here in Grand County. To mark the occasion, which was officially Aug. 9, I would like to share with you some fast facts on books, reading and libraries.
Firstly, a reminder that libraries are now far more user friendly. Some of you may remember when VHS tapes were new technology. The cases were on the shelves, but the tapes were kept safely behind the circulation desk and had to be requested individually from the librarian. Each item was hand stamped with the return date and long lines formed to check out items.
This was mild compared to the early library practice of chaining books to library shelves. Duke Professor Henry Petroski writes in The Book on the Bookshelf that engravings show books piled horizontally “standing on the edge opposite their spine, as well as turned fore edge out.”
There is good news from book publishers, who once feared that e-books were set to demolish the physical book market. This is surprisingly not the case. Recent financial reports released by the Association of American Publishers show that compared to April 2017, revenues are up by 12.2 percent for adult books and 8.3 percent for children/young adult literature. This is reflected in the steady increase in Grand County libraries statistics on the checkout of books, DVDs, magazines in the first half of 2018.
If you ever feel reading does not fit in your busy daily routine, Howard Berg may have some solutions. Featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest reader in the world, he claims to be able to read a mind boggling 80 pages per minute. As the average adult fiction book is 400 to 500 pages, Mr. Berg probably has no concerns about keeping up with his reading list. He offers some strategies in his book Super Reading Secrets.
Finally some news on just released popular bestsellers:
“Tailspin” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central: Hachette) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
“Serpentine” by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley: Penguin) at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
“The Money Shot” by Stuart Woods, Parnell Hall (Putnam: Penguin) lands at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
“The Chase” by Elle Kennedy (Elle Kennedy Inc.) takes the No. 15 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
Stephanie Ralph is director of the Grand County Library District.
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