DENVER (KDVR) — Libraries are recovering from reduced activity from the COVID pandemic.
Aurora Public Library saw a 6% increase in book checkouts, a 12% increase in library visits, and a 46% increase in new library cards in 2021. Library executives say they are now healthier in some parameters than before COVID started.
“For obvious reasons, in some categories such as library visits, we’re not quite at pre-pandemic numbers, in others, such as program attendance and digital checkouts, we’re doing in doing better than before the pandemic,” said Midori Clark, Director of Library and Cultural Services for the City of Aurora.
The library also shared information about the most popular items viewed in 2021.
Of the physical collection, the most read books were, for teenagers The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpentschecked 104 times, for fiction, and I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the worldchecked 52 times, for non-fiction.
For adults it was Where the Crawdads singchecked 259 times, for fiction, and Educated: A Memoir, checked 121 times, for non-fiction. For children (juvenile), at the top of the list were, for fiction, Dog Man: filth and punishmentchecked 574 times, and for non-fiction, Minecraft: PVP Minigames Guideverified 103 times.
Of the digital collection, the most read eBook was The Four Winds: A Novel, checked 345 times. The most borrowed audiobook was A promised landchecked 204 times.
The first three books of the Harry Potter The series topped the list of most borrowed audiobooks by Aurora Public Library customers through Hoopla, which is a free digital service for video, music, audiobooks, and eBooks. Together, the audiobooks have been viewed 616 times. Still on Hoopla, the most viewed eBook was The Duke and I checked 85 times
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