Most popular Sno-Isle, Everett library books

Dr. Seuss reigns supreme. “Green Eggs and Ham” was the most popular book checked out from Sno-Isle Libraries in 2011 more than 50 years after Theodor Seuss Geisel first published the classic and more than 20 years after his death. The most popular books checked out at both Sno-Isle and Everett Public libraries definitely tilt toward children’s books. And even in the list of titles for adults, fiction rules. To mark the arrival of the summer reading season, here are some lists and a look at how much those libraries spend on books, magazines and other materials.

Top library books of 2011

All print books

Sno-Isle Libraries Author Check-outs
1. Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss 787
2. Go, Dog, Go! Philip Eastman 772
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Steig Larsson 769
4. Toys James Patterson 754
5. The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss 746
6. The Confession John Grisham 737
7. Smokin’ Seventeen Janet Evanovich 690
8. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins 688
9. Tick Tock James Patterson 675
10. Are You My Mother? Philip Eastman 660
Everett Public Library Author Check-outs
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney 549
2. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary Jeff Kinney 350
2. Catching fire Suzanne Collins 350
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Jeff Kinney 332
5. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 314
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Jeff Kinney 303
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney 283
8. Big Nate Strikes Again Lincoln Pierce 281
9. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins 280
10. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Rachel Russell 279

Books for adults

Sno-Isle Libraries Author Check-outs
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Steig Larsson 769
2. Toys James Patterson 754
3. The Confession John Grisham 737
4. Smokin’ Seventeen Janet Evanovich 690
5. Tick Tock James Patterson 675
6. 10th Anniversary James Patterson 659
7. The Fifth Witness Michael Connelly 657
8. Fall of Giants Ken Follett 624
9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Steig Larsson 586
10. Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks 574
Everett Public Library Author Check-outs
1. The Help Kathryn Stockett 281
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Steig Larsson 280
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Steig Larsson 174
4. Tick Tock James Patterson 174
5. The Confession John Grisham 162
6. Smokin’ Seventeen Janet Evanovich 148
7. Toys James Patterson 145
8. 10th Anniversary James Patterson 143
9. Betrayal of Trust J.A. Jance 130
10. Wicked Appetite Janet Evanovich 119

Electronic books

Sno-Isle Libraries Author Check-outs
1. The Help Kathryn Stockett 356
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson 268
3. Water for Elephants Sara Gruen 202
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetís Nest Stieg Larsson 158
5. The Confession John Grisham 121
6. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye Victoria Laurie 120
6. Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand 120
8. The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson 117
9. Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert 109
10. I Am Number Four Pittacus Lore 108
Everett Public Library* Author Check-outs
1. The Help Kathryn Stockett 114
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson 95
3. The Litigators John Grisham 89
4. Explosive Eighteen Janet Evanovich 74
5. Carnal Innocence Nora Roberts 53
6. The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson 47
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetís Nest Stieg Larsson 45
8. In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson 44
9. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford 40
10. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin 35

* Year ending May 24, 2012. E-books weren’t offered until May 24, 2011.

Material budgets

Percentages are rounded and might not add up to 100.

Sno-Isle Libraries 2011 % 2011 2010 % 2010 2009 % 2009 2008 % 2008
Books $2,225,000 45% $2,122,500 45% $2,417,000 50% $2,428,928 47%
Periodicals $105,000 2% $100,000 2% $135,000 3% $140,000 3%
Audio $650,000 13% $610,000 13% $500,000 10% $521,000 10%
Videos $775,000 16% $745,000 16% $770,000 16% $672,000 13%
Electronic resources $865,000 17% $770,000 16% $790,500 16% $840,000 16%
Sales tax, shipping $350,000 7% $347,452 7% $258,952 5% $347,883 7%
Strategic Plan $30,000 1% $48,000 1% $0 0% $265,000 5%
Total $5,000,000 $4,742,952 $4,871,452 $5,214,811
Everett Public Library 2011 % 2011 2010 % 2010 2009 % 2009 2008 % 2008
Books $394,687 55% $400,434 56% $376,867 54% $354,300 54%
Periodicals $44,000 6% $43,116 6% $44,000 6% $44,000 7%
Audio $66,000 9% $66,752 9% $66,169 9% $68,850 10%
Videos $52,000 7% $55,900 8% $45,400 6% $44,000 7%
Electronic resources $103,000 14% $92,517 13% $109,000 16% $90,503 14%
Sales tax, shipping $55,302 8% $54,288 8% $60,000 9% $56,303 9%
Total $714,989 $713,007 $701,436 $657,956

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