Friday, 6 May 2011

Children’s Books Top Library Loans

Public Lending Remuneration (PLR)

Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) figures recently released show that, despite the huge range of other sources of entertainment available, reading continues to be a popular activity among Irish children with eight children’s authors making it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for 2010. The lists are compiled by the Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by public libraries. There are over 14 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in 14 million loans of books and the PLR scheme ensures that qualifying authors, whose books are loaned by public libraries, will receive remuneration in respect of such loans. 10,011 authors resident in thirty-two countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2010. €319,558.75 was paid out to 4,639 authors in respect of their total library loans. Four authors received the maximum payment of €3,000, and the rate-per-loan was 8.88 cent.
The top 10 most borrowed authors in 2010 were
1. Roderick Hunt
2. Daisy Meadows
3. Francesca Simon
4. Enid Blyton
5. Jacqueline Wilson
6. Roger Hargreaves
7. James Patterson
8. Nora Roberts
9. Roald Dahl
10. Terry Deary
Roderick Hunt, the author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree literacy series, is Irish children’s top choice for the second successive year with over 115,000 library loans. Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series, was the second most-borrowed author, coming in just ahead of Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame. Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl’s enduring appeal to young readers was evident again this year with the inclusion of both authors in the top ten list. Roger Hargreaves – the Mr Men creator – also made the list, alongside the ever popular Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson. Terry Deary’s Horrible series continue to delight young readers.
Prolific US author James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with almost 65,000 library loans. The only other author for adults in the top ten list is Nora Roberts who writes under her own name and, as J.D. Robb, is a prolific author across a wide range of genres – romance, thriller and paranormal.
The top 10 most borrowed titles in 2010 were
1. Official Driver Theory Test by the Road Safety Authority
2. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
4. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
7. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
8. The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson
9. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling
10. The BFG by Roald Dahl

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