Fascinating Facts: July-September 2020

Written by Erin, staff member, Collection Development

July 2020 was an exciting month for the Library community, as we opened our doors and welcomed everyone back into our branches at the beginning of July. We were so excited see you again, we could hardly contain ourselves! Our smiles were big and bright underneath our masks.

 And though things looked a little different in the Library, while we operated following Public Health Guidelines, there were still lots of exciting things happening. We distributed 16,229 food packs in our branches. These packs contained a mix of delicious food, including fruit, vegetables, granola bars, yogurts, and cheese. And we began (safely) introducing in-person programming.

Read on for fun insights from July 1 to September 30, 2020. 

New library cards

We registered 4,261 new library users.

Community member inquiries

Our helpful staff answered 4,915 questions from our community via Ask a Librarian (email/web), Ask the Library (phone), and Ask a Digital Media Specialist (online).

Social media

 Our 644 posts (via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) had over 1,908,500 views. 

Digital access

Our online resources continued to buzz with activity. Here are the circulation stats for some of our most popular online resources:  

OverDrive: 305,398 checkouts

hoopla: 16,001 circulations

Kanopy: 7,591 plays

PressReader: 190,075 articles read

rbDigital: 39,153 magazine checkouts

Ancestry: 32244 searches

Lynda: 48,297 views

Trending titles

It’s fun to see which titles are trending.

Some of the top print titles during this time period include:

Baby Sitters Club Graphic Novel Vol 8: Logan Likes Mary Anne by Gale Galligan

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (hot tip: downloadable audiobook is also available to stream via hoopla!)  

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

While some of the hottest digital tiles on OverDrive were:

Inky the Octopus: Bound for Glory by Erin Guendelsberger

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump