Most Checked Out Library Books

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The New York Public Library just released their all time most checked out library book list. (125 years!) How many have you read, or read to/with your children?

    1. “The Snowy Day,” by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)

    2. “The Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss (1957)

    3. “1984,” by George Orwell (1949)

    4. “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak (1963)

    5. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee (1960)

    6. “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White (1952)

    7. “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury (1953)

    8. “How To Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie (1936)

    9. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” by J.K. Rowling (1997)

    10. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle (1969)
  2. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Interesting I've read them all except 1 and 8. I might have read 1 and just not remember.
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  3. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    I've read 3, 7 and... 9.
    I should read 5.
    No clue what are the others about and who are the writers.
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  4. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    2, 3, 4, 6, 7, & 9
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  5. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    We have copies of all but Carnegie’s book somewhere in the house. Here’s how we ended up owning copies of the children’s books. Our kids went through a phase where they repeatedly checked out the same book for months on end and we wanted them to get more variety. Co-worker once told me that the way to proactively prevent your kid from playing guitar in a band is to have a few guitars around the house that they can use whenever they want. Applying the same thinking to books, we bought the ones they kept checking out. They moved on to other books and in most cases never opened the ones we bought. Extraordinary behavior...
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  6. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Fun post, Doc

    I have read them all except for the first one and the Carnegie book.

    We have hundreds of children’s and young adult books in our house and the two granddaughters are avid readers. They are so extreme that we have to actually make them stop reading in order to do other things. A nice problem to have actually.

    Just two days ago the librarian commented how wonderful it was to see three generations of females, my wife, daughter and granddaughter, all checking out books at the same time.

    ya, I know, proud grandpa here:D
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I walk into a library and still look for the " card catalog "
  8. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Same here!

    I've read 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9.
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  9. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    You mean "50 Shades of Grey" isn't on the list?:eek::p
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  10. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    1,2,5,6,7,10 for me.
    My parents had a small bookstore chain way back so I had read the children's books to I could appear informed to the moms lol
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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The rest are all children's books.
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  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’ve read an embarrassing 3, possible 4 on that list. I’ve never read children books though, even as a kid.
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  13. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    If I walk into a library I've made a wrong turn somewhere.
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  14. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Seven of those, I believe.
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  15. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
  16. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I’ve read all but #1.

    Curious to me because I was a constant reader until I turned 30 and have hardly read a book in the last 20 years.

    Must not be missing much.
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  17. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Then I'm amazed at the high proportion of children's books. But possibly it's the same in all public libraries all over the world.
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  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Me as well. Must be something about that age.
    Now well into my 50s, and I sometimes try to get back into it, but can’t do it anymore. Bad eyesight doesn’t help of course, but even then, I tend to fall asleep after 2 or 3 pages.
    I think I might want to get a rocking chair next, and maybe a nice quilted blanket.
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  19. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I enjoyed all of them with the exception of #9. For me Mr. Potter is just meh. It’s not that it’s a bad book but the zealousness of its fans still confounds me and therefore makes me grumpy.

    GOOBALL JEFF Gretschie

    Oct 1, 2019
    the catcher in the rye is all i read
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