Library users love Jack Reacher

If you’ve recently checked out a Jack Reacher book from the Ashburton Public Library, you’re in good company.

Lee Child, who has written 28 fictional books about retired military police Major Jack Reacher taking down bad guys, is one of the most popular authors on adult tablets.

His best-selling books are a hot property at the library, which published a total of 211,477 items across all categories in 2021.

Reacher, of course, is also available on eBook and eAudiobook. These two categories were well used last year by library users, who viewed a total of 5,205 e-books and 7,381 audio books.

Other popular adult library authors were James Patterson, Nora Roberts, and Lesley Pearce.

Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters books are the most popular series.

Library manager Jill Watson said all books about politicians were also popular with borrowers.

Books about our own Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former National Party leader Judith Collins and former US President Donald Trump were among the most viewed non-fiction articles.

All books about New Zealand rugby players and, in particular, Francis Tipene’s Life as a Casketeer (made popular by the TV series) were also popular in the adult non-fiction library.

Ms Watson said books were only part of the appeal of a modern library and staff were also involved in helping people navigate services and digital resources, helping with CVs, managing a homework center and coding classes for young people, and a whole other range of activities.

“We also have a home delivery service for people who cannot physically go to the library due to health problems and these books are delivered to their homes by Club Altrusa volunteers.

“Our lending levels remain strong, despite everything that has happened in the world over the past two years. Reading remains a great escape.

Popular young adult authors include Holly Black, Suzanne Collins, and Cassandra Clare. David Walliams and JK Rowling (Harry Potter) still top the list of popular children’s authors.

The library added Hoopla to its list of electronic resources in November. Hoopla is a digital streaming service providing access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, music, movies, and TV shows.

Borrowers can download five articles per month, and during bonus months they can download more.

For Hoopla, borrowers need:

TV with streaming capabilities, tablet, smartphone or computer.
Email address and password.
Library card number and PIN (needed only once in the registration process)
Hoopla digital app or browser software (e.g. Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc.)

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