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Just a quick fyi to the library world: Lewiston Public Library does have a copy of the highly-in-demand recording, Folklore, by none other than Taylor Swift; it appears on the list under Music:

1)      Folklore (Swift) (Music CD) - 6 holds on 3 items

Our record of the item is a separate listing as it is not the explicit version of the album. For the casual T Swizzle listener, this lite version might suffice.

Kind regards and thanks for listening,
Wendy

Wendy West  | Adult & Teen Services Library Technician
Lewiston Public Library | 200 Lisbon St. | Lewiston, ME  04240
207.513.3135 x 3507 | [log in to unmask] 
www.lplonline.org 
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From: Maine Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Josh Tiffany
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:50 PM
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Subject: [MELIBS-L] High Demand Hold Digest - Sometimes nothin' can be a pretty cool hand Edition

Greetings, salutations, and welcome back to another emotionally sincere, scientifically accurate, eternally useful, occasionally goofy edition of the High Demand Hold Digest - your source for everything old, new, borrowed, and blue that our beloved users want.

 

If you knew nothing else about this world, this context, or this moment in time save for what is listed on the High Demand Hold list, you'd know something was amiss.  The publishing industry is mired in delays and clogged distribution lines for physical books.  Who would have thought that would be possible near the end of the first quarter of the 21st century?  The film industry has all but gone silent in its releases of hot new items and/or Awards season bait, so much so that this year "Bill & Ted Face the Music"
may sweep all the major and minor Academy Awards.  Hey - stranger things have happened.

 

But through the sea of changes and obstacles, the library still exists in all of its glorious forms.  As many of us learned through our re-openings after an extended exodus from the stacks, people want, need, and love their library.  

 

So give yourself two pats on the back - you have made it to the start of the 4th quarter of 2020 (no small feat in itself), and libraries are still operational.  If nothing else, bask in that glory.

 

And now, for something new!

 

The high demand list is cool, but it represents a tiny sliver of the overall transactions that occur on a daily basis in Maine libraries.  So I thought I'd start telling you a bit more about that.

 

In September 2020, there were 140,418 checkouts in the entirety of the Minerva system.  These checkouts included 104,043 circs of books, 16,350 circs movies and TV series, 6,340 circs of graphic novels, 4,213 circs of audiobooks, and 880 circs of music CDs.  Compared to September 2019, overall checkouts were down 43.50%, but from August (traditionally one of the highest circulation months during "normal" times), overall circulation increased 9.9% (an increase of 12,630 checkouts).  Every month since
COVID-19 closures have seen an increase in use from the previous month.  Not too shabby for an institution that, according to popular wisdom, was doomed to fail in 1997.

 

So to go over the fine print of this list, below is a list of the most requested items in the Minerva system where there are at least twice as many holds as there are items in the system.  So while something like "Too Much and Never Enough" by Mary Trump still has 86 holds on it, there are 61 copies in the system so it does not make the list.  Meanwhile, Nicholas Cage putting on an over-the-top performance in an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation of "Color Out of Space" has only one Blu-ray copy, but two holds, it makes the list.

 

And lastly (and I swear I'm almost done), if you stumble across this list through some tricks and treats of fate and want more of it but don't want to subscribe to the Maine library list-servs, please send an email to [log in to unmask] and I'll be happy to add you to the distribution list.

 

Be well, keep the faith, and know you are never alone as long as you have a library card.

 

Josh

 

 

Joshua Tiffany, MLIS

Director - Gray Public Library

Minerva Executive Board Member / Circulation Standards Member / Cataloging Committee Member

(207) 657-4110

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Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies.. - Stephen King

 

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High Demand Hold Digest October 2020

Books

1)      All the Devils are Here (Penny) - 390 holds on 75 items

2)      One Last Lie (Doiron) - 236 holds on 78 items

3)      The Vanishing Half (Bennett) - 201 holds on 51 items

4)      Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent (Wilkerson) - 163 holds on 46
items

5)      Anxious People (Backman) - 136 holds on 35 items

6)      The Guest List (Foley) - 129 holds on 40 items

7)      One by One (Ware) - 119 holds on 35 items

8)      The Book of Two Ways (Picoult) - 113 holds on 39 items

9)      Rage (Woodward) - 108 holds on 29 items

10)   Squeeze Me (Hiaasen) - 89 holds on 35 items

11)   Monogamy (Miller) - 84 holds on 25 items

12)   The Evening and the Morning (Follett) - 82 holds on 35 items

13)   Disloyal: a memoir (Cohen) - 73 holds on 14 items

14)   The Return (Sparks) - 69 holds on 23 items

15)   Troubled Blood (Galbraith) - 68 holds on 27 items

16)   Transcendent Kingdom (Gyasi) - 62 holds on 25 items

17)   Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains (Arsenault) - 60 holds on 24
items

18)   Hamnet: a novel of the plague (O'Farrell) - 52 holds on 25 items

19)   The Book of Lost Names (Harmel) - 51 holds on 19 items

20)   The Coast to Coast Murders (Patterson) - 42 holds on 21 items

Pre-order

1)      The Sentinel (Child) - 94 holds

2)      A Time for Mercy (Grisham) - 73 holds

3)      The Searcher (French) - 62 holds

4)      Troubles in Paradise (Hilderbrand) - 58 holds

5)      The Law of Innocence (Connelly) - 53 holds

6)      Daylight (Baldacci) - 47 holds

7)      Fortune and Glory (Evanovich) - 47 holds

Large Print

1)      All the Devils are Here (Penny) - 40 holds on 15 items

2)      The Vanishing Half (Bennett) - 31 holds on 10 items

3)      The Guest List (Foley) - 25 holds on 6 items

4)      Anxious People (Backman) - 24 holds on 10 items

5)      Squeeze Me (Hiaasen) - 23 holds on 5 items

6)      The Return (Sparks) - 21 holds on 5 items

7)      Royal (Steel) - 19 holds on 8 items

8)      Thick and Thieves (Brown) - 18 holds on 9 items

9)      The Coast-to-Coast Murders (Patterson) - 16 holds on 5 items

10)   Trouble in Paradise (Hilderbrand) - 16 holds on 2 items

Audiobooks

1)      Troubled Blood (Galbraith) - 20 holds on 2 items

2)      Anxious People (Backman) - 17 holds on 7 items

3)      All Adults Here (Straub) - 8 holds on 1 item

4)      Rage (Woodward) - 8 holds on 3 items

5)      The Return (Sparks) - 7 holds on 3 items

6)      The Henna Artist (Joshi) - 3 holds on 1 item

7)      The Stand (King) - 3 holds on 1 item

8)      Trace Elements (Leon) - 3 holds on 1 item

9)      The 39 Clues: Book 1: The Maze of Bones (Riordan) - 2 holds on 1
item

10)   As the Crow Flies (Johnson) - 2 holds on 1 item

Graphic Novels

1)      Solutions and Other Problems (Brosh) - 18 holds on 3 items

2)      Fangs (Andersen) - 4 holds on 2 items

3)      The Walking Dead: The Alien (Vaughan) - 4 holds on 1 item

4)      Big Bodies (Shalvey) - 3 holds on 1 item

5)      Undiscovered Country: Volume 1(Snyder) - 3 holds on 1 item

6)      Venom vol 4 (Cates) - 3 holds on 1 item

7)      Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway (Yang) - 2 holds on 1 item

8)      Family Tree, vol 1 - 2 holds on 1 item

9)      Goldie Vance, Larceny in La La Land vol. 5 (Ball) - 2 holds on 1
item

10)   The Old Guard: Book 2 (Rucka) - 2 holds on 1 item

DVD

1)      Fisherman's Friend - 6 holds on 2 items

2)      Deep Blue Sea 3 - 4 holds on 1 item

3)      Grand Isle - 4 holds on 1 item

4)      All Summer Long - 3 holds on 1 item

5)      The Queen's Corgi - 3 holds on 1 item

6)      Angel of Mine - 2 holds on 1 item

7)      Beginner Piano & Keyboard Lessons - 2 holds on 1 item

8)      Critters - 2 holds on 1 item

9)      Green Card - 2 holds on 1 item

10)   No Safe Spaces - 2 holds on 1 item

Blu-ray

1)      Bombshell - 4 holds on 2 items

2)      Underwater - 4 holds on 1 item

3)      Portrait of a Lady on Fire - 3 holds on 1 item

4)      After the Wedding - 2 holds on 1 item

5)      Color Out of Space - 2 holds on 1 item

6)      The Lodge - 2 holds on 1 item

7)      The Poison Rose - 2 holds on 1 item

Blu-ray + DVD combo packs

1)      1917 - 9 holds on 3 items

2)      The Invisible Man - 9 holds on 1 item

3)      Little Women - 7 holds on 1 item

4)      Gemini Man - 5 holds on 1 item

5)      Emma - 4 holds on 1 item

6)      The King of Staten Island - 4 holds on 2 items

7)      The Gentlemen - 3 holds on1 item

8)      Birds of Prey - 2 holds on 1 item

9)      Contagion - 2 holds on 1 item

10)   Get On Up: The James Brown Story - 2 holds on 1 item

TV Series

1)      When Calls the Heart: Season 8 - 9 holds on 1 item

2)      Blue Bloods: Season 9 - 8 holds on 3 items

3)      Criminal Minds: Season 13 - 8 holds on 2 items

4)      Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5 - 7 holds on 2 items

5)      NCIS: Season 17 - 7 holds on 1 item

6)      Chicago Fire: Season 8 - 5 holds on 2 items

7)      Chicago Med: Season 4 - 5 holds on 1 item

8)      Big Little Lies: Season 2 (Blu-ray) - 5 holds on 1 item

9)      The Good Fight: Season 4 - 5 holds on 2 items

10)   Frankie Drake Mysteries: Season 3 - 4 holds on 2 items

11)   Silicon Valley: Season 6 - 4 holds on 1 item

12)   Van der Valk Mysteries: Set 1 - 4 holds on 1 item

13)   Chiciago PD: Season 6 - 3 holds on 1 item

14)   Agatha Christie Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries -2
holds on1  item

15)   Chicago Med: Season 5 - 2 holds on 1 item

16)   CSI: NY Season 3 - 2 holds on 1 item

17)   Young Sheldon: Season 3 - 2 holds on 1 item

18)   Schitt$ Creek: Season 1 - 2 holds on 1 item

19)   Mom: Season 5 - 2 holds on 1 item

20)   Highway to Heaven: Season 3 - 2 holds on 1 item

Music CDs

1)      Folklore (Swift) (Music CD) - 6 holds on 3 items

2)      Good Souls, Better Angels (Williams) (Music CD) - 3 holds on 1 item

3)      The Best of Everything (Petty) (Music CD) - 2 holds on 1 item

4)      The Dirt and the Stars (Carpenter) (Music CD) - 2 holds on 1 item

Video games

1)      Paper Mario: The Origami King (Nintendo Switch) - 8 holds on 2 items

2)      Pokemon Shield (Nintendo Switch) - 4 holds on 2 items

3)      Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee! (Nintendo Switch) - 2 holds on 1 item

 

 

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