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Greetings, salutations, and welcome back to another pumpkin-spice huffing, animatronic ghost loving, ironically mask-free, psychically declassified edition of the High Demand Hold Digest - your snapshot of the moment that paints a portrait of what our beloved patrons seek yet cannot find at the local library.

Welcome to the glory season of fall in Maine.  It is yet another season where jaw-dropping beauty awaits you around every corner, where you can walk down most streets without having strangers stop dead in their tracks and point at some common landmark, and where everything from the breaking of the dawn to the dead of night holds that clear perfection that I've only ever found in Maine.  These are the moments that you must learn to cherish and appreciate, for we all know it disappears just as quickly as it arrived.  As our good friend Rabindranath Tagore reminds us, "The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."  We should all learn so much from a butterfly (or great works).

And welcome back to your monthly bit of evidence that libraries are not dead, unused, archaic, and irrelevant in the digital age.  Here is your monthly list of items where there are at least twice as many requests as there are copies in the system, sent out in the hopes that our beloved patrons may not have to wait too long for some desired item.  It may not be the New York Times Bestseller list, but it's the thermometer I've discovered to help gauge the public interest in certain items, and possibly prod a few more libraries to add some additional copies.  The list is distributed monthly - ish through various State of Maine listservs.  If you are a stranger to the library land and have somehow come across this list and want more (without having to subscribe to the lists), please send me an email and I'd be happy to add you to the always growing direct distribution list.

While I've worked for years highlighting what the masses are requesting, this time of year always makes me pause and give thanks to the tens of thousands of items that will never make this list yet may mean more to one person than every James Patterson book ever written.  I watch our local horror section get drained dry this time of year, always hoping that the obscure films hit the right spot for someone I will probably never meet. Only through a system such as Minerva can every library add its voice to the whole, and ensure our communities are well served.

Happy season of the witch to everyone.  May every story be as spooky as you wish it to be, may ever flavor be tainted with pumpkin spice, and may our collective doors never be closed for too long.

Peace, cheers, and boo!

All the best,

Josh

Fiction Books

  1.  Lucy by the Sea (Strout) - 274 holds on 47 items *
  2.  Horse (Brooks) - 164 holds on 66 items *
  3.  Fairy Tale (King) - 155 holds on 52 items
  4.  Lessons in Chemistry (Garmus) - 128 holds on 58 items
  5.  The Marriage Portrait (O'Farrell) - 126 holds on 38 items
  6.  Our Missing Hearts (Ng) - 125 holds on 14 items *
  7.  Fellowship Point (Dark) - 118 holds on 59 items
  8.  Mad Honey (Picoult + Boylan) - 107 holds on 20 items
  9.  The Bullet that Missed (Osman) - 94 holds on 32 items
  10. Long Shadows (Baldacci) - 74 holds on 11 items
  11. Verity (Hoover) - 73 holds on 33 items
  12. The Winner (Backman) - 69 holds on 29 items
  13. Righteous Prey (Sandford) - 65 holds on 14 items
  14. Treasure State (Box) - 64 holds on 28 items
  15. Shrines of Gaiety (Atkinson) - 62 holds on 29 items
  16. All Good People Here (Flowers) - 55 holds on 23 items
  17. Killers of a Certain Age (Raybourn) - 50 holds on 21 items
  18. Lessons in Chemistry (Garmus) ((Barnes & Noble Edition) - 45 holds on 1 item
  19. Things We Never Got Over (Score) - 44 holds on 4 items
  20. Distant Thunder (Woods) - 40 holds on 9 items
Non-fiction books

  1.  I'm Glad My Mom Died (McCurdy) - 114 holds on 32 items *
  2.  Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America (Haberman) - 78 holds on 5 items *
  3.  The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 (Baker) - 66 holds on 9 items
  4.  Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-pan Meals (Clark) - 58 holds on 19 items
  5.  Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir of the Power of Friendship (Totenberg) - 52 holds on 15 items
  6.  Shy: The Alarming Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers (Rodgers) - 32 holds on 13 items
  7.  Solito: A Memoir (Zamora) - 30 holds on 14 items
  8.  The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in Toxic Culture (Mate) - 29 holds on 6 items
  9.  Live Wire: Long-winded Short Stories (Ripa) - 23 holds on 1 item *
  10. Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir (Wenner) - 23 holds on 9 items
Large Print

  1.  Horse (Brooks) - 43 holds on 11 items
  2.  Dreamland (Sparks) - 28 holds on 8 items
  3.  Blowback (Patterson) - 24 holds on 10 items
  4.  It Ends With Use (Hoover) - 23 holds on 6 items
  5.  The Marriage Portrait (O'Farrell) - 19 holds on 5 items
  6.  The Bullet that Missed (Osman) - 18 holds on 5 items
  7.  Where the Sky Begins (Bowen) - 14 holds on 2 items
  8.  The Ink Black Heart (Galbraith) - 12 holds on 5 items
  9.  Girl, Forgotten  (Slaughter) - 12 holds on 5 items
  10. Marple: Twelve New Mysteries (Christie) - 9 holds on 3 items
Pre-orders

  1.  A World of Curiosities (Penny) - 164 holds
  2.  It Starts With Us (Hoover) - 107 holds
  3.  The Boys from Biloxi (Grisham) -107 holds
  4.  Demon Copperhead (Kingsolver) - 87 holds
  5.  Desert Star (Connelly) - 82 holds
  6.  No Plan B (Child & Child) - 77 holds
  7.  Going Rogue (Evanovich) - 75 holds
  8.  Lucy By the Sea (Large Print) (Strout) - 64 holds
  9.  The Maze (DeMille) - 64 holds
  10. Boys from Biloxi (Large Print) (Grisham) - 49 holds
  11. Long Shadows (Large Print) (Baldacci) - 35 holds
Audiobooks

  1.  Hatchet Island (Doiron) - 17 holds on 1 item
  2.  The Ink Black Heart (Galbraith) - 15 holds on 3 items
  3.  The Winners (Blackman) - 9 holds on 3 items
  4.  Our Missing Hearts (Ng) - 7 holds on 2 items
  5.  The Sweet Remnants of Summer (McCall Smith) - 3 holds on 1 item
  6.  The Sandman: Act II (Gaiman) ((MP3-audio) - 3 holds on 1 item
  7.  The Murder at Vicarage (Christie) - 2 holds on 1 item
  8.  Lessons (McEwan) - 2 holds on 1 item
  9.  The Hunt (Kellerman) - 2 holds on 1 item
Graphic Novels

  1.  The Sandman.  Book 1 (Gaiman) - 6 holds on 3 items
  2.  Robin & Batman (Lemire) - 3 holds on 1 item
  3.  Spy x Family vol 8 (Endo) - 2 holds on 1 item
  4.  Paris (Watson) - 2 holds on 1 item
  5.  Oblivion Song Chapter 6 (Kirkman) - 2 holds on 1 item
  6.  Drag Ball Super 9: Battle's End and Aftermath (Toriyama) - 2 holds on 1 item
  7.  Adventure Time Comics vol.2 - 2 holds on 1 item
  8.  The Absolute Sandman: Vol 1 (Gaiman) - 2 holds on 1 item
Movies

  1.  Downton Abbey: A New Era (Combo) - 11 holds on 3 items
  2.  The Lost City (Blu-ray) - 8 holds on 3 items
  3.  Minions: The Rise of Gru (Combo) - 7 holds on 3 items
  4.  Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Blu-ray) - 5 holds on 2 items
  5.  Mid-century (DVD) - 5 holds on 2 items
  6.  Murder at Yellowstone (DVD) - 4 holds on 2 items
  7.  Where the Crawdads Sing (Combo) - 4 holds on 1 item
  8.  Jurassic World: Dominion (Combo) - 4 holds on 2 items
  9.  Elvis (Combo) - 4 holds on 1 item
  10. Lightyear (Combo) - 3 holds on 1 item
  11. Paris Blues (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  12. Father Stu (Blue-ray) - 2 holds on 1 item
  13. Paris, 13th District (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  14. The Man Who Fell to Earth (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  15. Hold Your Fire (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  16. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  17. Uncharted (Combo) - 2 holds on 1 item
  18. Factory Girl (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  19. Haxan (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
TV Series

  1.  Blue Bloods: Season 12 (DVD) - 10 holds on 2 items
  2.  Sister Boniface Mysteries: Season 1 (DVD) - 6 holds on 3 items
  3.  Young Sheldon: Season 5 (DVD) - 4 holds on 2 items
  4.  NCIS: Hawaii: Season 1 (DVD) - 4 holds on 1 item
  5.  1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story (Blu-ray) - 4 holds on 2 items
  6.  SEAL Team: Season 5 (DVD) - 3 holds on 1 item
  7.  Law and Order: Season 2 (DVD) - 3 holds on 1 item
  8.  Wisting Seasons 2 + 3 (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  9.  Van Der Valk Mysteries Set 1 (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
  10. Too Close: Season 1 (DVD) - 2 holds on 1 item
Video Games

  1.  Spaltoon 3 - 8 holds on 1 item
  2.  Nintendo Switch.  Sports - 4 holds on 2 items
  3.  Mario Strikers Battle League - 4 holds on 2 items
  4.  Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - 2 holds on 1 item
  5.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection - 2 holds on 1 item
  6.  Rabbids: Part of Legends - 2 holds on 1 item
  7.  The Quarry - 2 holds on 1 item
  8.  Pac-man World Re-Pac - 2 holds on 1 item
  9.  Life is Strange: True Colors - 2 holds on1  item
  10. Lego DC Super-villains - 2 holds on 1 item
(* - additional copies have been purchased for the Minerva High Demand library)

BLAST FROM THE PAST - The High Demand List published September 30, 2016 (back when I could keep a deadline)

Books

  1.  A Great Reckoning (Penny) - 339 holds on 69 items
  2.  Commonwealth (Patchett) - 204 holds on 45 items
  3.  The Underground Railroad (Whitehead) - 138 holds on 50 items
  4.  Hillbilly Elegy (Vance) - 128 holds on 28 items
  5.  Truly Madly Guiltily (Moriarty) - 120 holds on 52 items
  6.  Home (Coben) - 104 holds on 36 items
  7.  Razor Girl (Hiaasen) - 74 holds on 32 items
  8.  Nutshell (Mcewan) - 71 holds on 31 items
  9.  Killing the Rising Sun (O'Reilly) - 70 holds on 14 items
  10. The Tresspasser (French) - 70 holds on 8 items
Audiobooks

  1.  A Great Reckoning (Penny) - 37 holds on 17 items
  2.  Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Bradley) - 22 holds on 6 items
  3.  The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Connelly) - 12 holds on 1 item
  4.  Home (Coben) - 10 holds on 4 items
  5.  Killing the Rising Sun (O'Reilly) - 9 holds on 3 items
  6.  Alexander Hamilton (Chernow) - 6 holds on 3 items
  7.  The Pigeon Tunnel (Le'Carre) - 6 holds on 2 items
  8.  You Will Know Me (Abbott) - 6 holds on 1 item
  9.  A Prayer for Own Meany (Irving) - 5 holds on 1 item
  10. Today Will Be Different (Semple ) - 5 holds on 1 item
Blu-ray

  1.  Captain America: Civil War - 26 holds on 3 items
  2.  Now You See Me 2 - 22 holds on 3 items
  3.  Money Monster - 21 holds on 1 item
  4.  The Boss - 15 holds on 2 items
  5.  The Jungle Book - 15 holds on 5 items
  6.  The Huntsman: Winter's War - 12 holds on 2 items
  7.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - 11 holds on 1 item
  8.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - 10 holds on 3 items
  9.  Me Before You - 9 holds on 1 item
  10. The Nice Guys - 8 holds on 2 items
DVD

  1.  Captain America: Civil War - 73 holds on 14 items
  2.  The Jungle Book - 69 holds on 18 items
  3.  Me Before You - 53 holds on 26 items
  4.  Money Monster - 52 holds on 10 items
  5.  Now You See Me 2 - 47 holds on 9 items
  6.  The Huntsman: Winter's War - 45 holds on 17 items
  7.  The Boss - 43 holds on 14 items
  8.  The Nice Guys - 40 holds on 13 items
  9.  Love & Friendship - 38 holds on 12 items
  10. The Meddler - 38 holds on 10 items

Joshua Tiffany, MLIS
Town of Gray - Director of Communications, Libraries, and Information Technology
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