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Children are Ireland's top book borrowers 29.05.17

CHILDREN are Ireland's top book borrowers with titles for kids dominating loans from public libraries across the country including Donegal last year.
The country's youngsters had wimpy kids, awful aunties and demon dentists on their minds with novels by children's authors Jeff Kinney and David Walliams among the favourites in 2016.
Britain's Got Talent judge Walliams, who first entered the Irish most-borrowed list in 2014, had no fewer than five titles in last year's Top 20.
They include 'Demon Dentist' at number five; 'Awful Auntie' at number eight; 'Ratburger' at number 14; 'The Boy in the Dress at number 18 and 'Mr Stink' at number 19.
The most borrowed title from the country 336 public libraries last year was 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck' by American author Jeff Kinney.
This was followed, in second place, by the psychological thriller 'Girl on a Train' by English writer Paula Hawkins.
Third place was taken by 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever'.
Meanwhile, the Easter Rising Centenary celebrations last year was reflected in the huge popularity at libraries of 'The Guns of Easter'. The book, by Wexford author Gerard Whelan, was the fourth most borrowed title at Irish libraries in 2016.
The One City One Book choice for 2016 - WWI love story 'Fallen' by Lia Mills - was also highly placed at number 12.
The figures were compiled by Libraries Development at the Local Government Management Agency using data from the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme.
They show that children's writers also dominate the 'most-borrowed author' list at libraries with only one adult fiction author, James Patterson, making the Top 10
The list was topped by Daisy Meadows followed by consistent chart-topper Roderick Hunt. Hunt who has created more than 400 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, has previously seen some 160,000 of his books checked out annually in Ireland.
The top five last year was completed by children's authors Roger Hargreaves, Francesca Simon and Julia Donaldson. Jeff Kinney and David Walliams are at number 12 and number 14, respectively, in the most-borrowed author rankings. Harry Potter novelist J.K Rowling ranked number 16 last year.

Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles in Irish Public Libraries
1. Diary of a wimpy kid: Hard luck Jeff Kinney
2. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
3. Diary of a wimpy kid: Cabin fever Jeff Kinney
4. The guns of Easter Gerard Whelan
5. Demon dentist David Walliams
6. Diary of a wimpy kid: Dog days Jeff Kinney
7. Diary of a wimpy kid Jeff Kinney
8. Awful auntie David Walliams
9. Diary of a wimpy kid: Old school Jeff Kinney
10. Diary of a wimpy kid: The long haul Jeff Kinney

Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors in Irish Public Libraries
1. Daisy Meadows
2. Roderick Hunt
3. Roger Hargreaves
4. Francesca Simon
5. Julia Donaldson
6. Enid Blyton
7. Jacqueline Wilson
8. Adam Blade
9. James Patterson
10. Roald Dahl
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