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Harry Potter weaves his magic at Irish libraries 21.05.19

HARRY Potter is weaving his magic at Irish libraries with ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ the most borrowed book around the country last year.
And youngsters continue to be Ireland’s top library users with the 20 most borrowed books being all children’s titles last year.
Details of the most-borrowed books and authors were published yesterday by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) as part of the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme.
All 20 of the most-borrowed titles in 2018 were children’s books, with ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling topping the list.
Meanwhile, 19 of the 20 most borrowed authors in 2018 were also children’s writers, with crime master James Patterson the only author to buck the trend.
Irish writer, Mike McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones’ was the most borrowed adult book in 2018.
Four of the top five most borrowed books for adults in 2018 were by Irish authors Mike McCormack, Graham Norton, Liz Nugent and Marian Keyes.
Meanwhile, a number of titles in the adult top 20 are from the ‘Healthy Ireland at Your Library’ collection. This material is available in all public libraries to support the Government Initiative to improve health and wellbeing.
National Libraries Development Committee chairman Tom Enright said: “Encouraging children to read for enjoyment and learning is central to Our Public Libraries 2022, the national Public Library Strategy, so I am very encouraged to see so many children’s books and authors on the list,” he said.
“The Irish public library collection has over 12 million items available to you completely free, and we are inviting everybody, young and old, to explore what’s on offer,” he added.

Top 20 Adult Books Borrowed in Irish Libraries 2018
by Rank, Title and Author/Contributor

1. Solar Bones - Mike McCormack
2. Holding - Graham Norton
3. Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent
4. Guinness World Records 2018 - Guinness World Records
5. The Break - Marian Keyes
6. The Midnight Line: (Jack Reacher 22) - Lee Child
7. Woman in the Window - A J Finn
8. The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers - Edited by Sinead Gleeson
9. Skin Deep - Liz Nugent
10. The plan - Aoife Hearne
11. Night School: (Jack Reacher 21) - Lee Child
12. The couple next door - Shari Lapena
13. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
14. Karl Henry's Healthy Living Handbook - Karl Henry
15. Driver Theory Test - Road Safety Authority
16. The Wrong Side of Goodbye - Michael Connelly
17. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
18. Mindful Walking: Walk Your Way to Mental and Physical Well-Being - Hugh O’Donovan
19. The Whistler - John Grisham
20. Smile - Roddy Doyle
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