2016: What Were Windsorites Reading?

Whether in traditional book form, on a tablet or via a Smartphone, Windsorites certainly took advantage of the abundance of materials available at Windsor Public Library last year. Circulation figures show that 1,116,002 items circulated – of this, 182,274 were in electronic format.

The most popular titles checked out at WPL last year were DVDs with movie connections – Minions (616 checkouts), closely followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (601) and Bridge of Spies (593).

Placing first on the most popular Adult Fiction list was Cross Justice by James Patterson (389).  Coming in at number 2 was 15th Affair by Maxine Paetro and James Patterson (385), followed by Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (364).

Many Windsorites took advantage of the strategies and tips contained in The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kond, which topped the Adult Non-Fiction list (100).  This was followed by Complete EnglishSmart (92), a workbook for developing and improving English language skills and The Oxford picture dictionary – English/Arabic and Arabic/English (87).

“Windsor Public Library has a long history of ensuring the community has access to the appropriate language resources to support reading, writing and numeracy skills. WPL made a concerted effort to ensure Syrian refugees coming to our community had language materials to help them assimilate into our community,” said CEO Kitty Pope on hearing that two language resource titles placed in the top three on the Adult Non-Fiction list. “It is gratifying that our decision to purchase additional Arabic language materials directly benefitted refugees who now call Windsor home.”

The top three eBook downloads were: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (107); All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark (78); and About Face by Fern Michaels (49).

Popular juvenile fiction included: Pokemon (376); followed by Fullmetal alchemist (368) and Amulet (352). At the top of the non-fiction list was Harry Potter and the cursed child.  The Official Script Book by J.K. Rowling (242), followed by Smile by Raina Telgemeier (150) and SkillSmart (115).

The Young Adult category saw The Siren by Kiera Cass (86) leading the way; The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (85) and The Fault in our Stars by John Green (83) placed second and third.

In the Picture Book category 5-minute Frozen stories (154) placed first; Pete the cat: I love my white shoes (151) by Eric Litwin and Pete the cat and the bedtime blues (110) by James and Kim Dean were also popular.

Have you ever wondered how much money the Library saves you and your family each month? If you had purchased all of the titles listed here, the cost would be more than $300.  By providing programs and services to people of all ages, Windsor Public Library fosters a culture freely available to support learning, recreation and information needs.

It’s easier than ever to check out materials, manage your account online and download electronic resources – now is the perfect time to discover what your public library has to offer.


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