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Library borrowing figures exceed 1.5 million so far this year

Libraries Published Tuesday, 4th September 2018

More than 1.5million books have been borrowed from Worcestershire's libraries so far this year.

The County has 23 libraries and one mobile library and book lovers have borrowed a total of 1,560,587 books in 2018.


The top five most borrowed adult fiction list sees author Lee Child claim the top three spots with his books Night School, No Middle Name, The Complete Collected Short Stories and The Midnight Line. Meanwhile Peter James comes in fourth place with Need You Dead and John Grisham with Camino Island sits in the fifth spot.


This Thursday (6), it's national Read a Book Day and Worcestershire's libraries, including The Hive, are encouraging everyone who likes reading to pop in and have a look at what is on offer and see if they can find something in Worcestershire libraries' collection of 634,394 books.


Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: "It is wonderful to see so many people using our libraries and with Read a Book Day 2018 coming up on Thursday, what better excuse to get out and explore your library.


"With 23 libraries dotted across the county as well as a mobile library getting to those more remote areas, there is a wealth of options for those seeking to borrow a book, get involved in an event or activity, use a free to access computer or just find a quiet place to read or work."


David Walliams' The World's Worst Children is top of the most borrowed junior titles for August with Jeff Kinney coming second with Double Down and Roald Dahl sitting in third place with George's Marvellous Medicine.


To celebrate Read a Book Day, people are being encouraged to share their favourite book on social media using the hashtag #readabookdayworcs and tag their local library. There will also be a number of special book displays in libraries with recommended reads, as well as selfie booths and a host of other activities aimed at getting people excited about reading.


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