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Thursday 21 May 2020

Despite all the local libraries being shut, Inverclyde Council’s library service is still managing to help children and adults fight the lockdown blues, with virtual borrowing up nearly 100% between February and April 2020. 

In February 2020 library users ‘took out’ 555 e-books. In April they borrowed 1,092 – a 97% increase. E-audiobook borrowing was also up by 42% from 419 to 596. The favourite e-book borrowed by adults was Last Mile by David Baldacci, with children going for Ali Cross by James Patterson and young adults plumping for My Brother’s Name is Jessica by John Boyne.

The service is also hosting online book groups, virtual Book Bug sessions and online Device Advice sessions for older people as part of its ongoing support for local communities during the Covid 19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of Inverclyde Council’s Education & Communities Convener, said, “Staying at home is a vital part of the fight against Covid 19 but it doesn’t mean people can’t still borrow books or use their local library service.

“Reading is a great way to go somewhere else without leaving the house. It’s also an important form of recreation that contributes to our health and wellbeing.

“Thousands of e-books and hundreds of e-audio books are available to library members through the Borrow Box app. A full list is available on the council’s website. There really is something for everyone.

“All you have to do to access this pocket library is download the BorrowBox app, sign in with your library card and start enjoying the brilliant range of books!”

Families can also tune into and join online Bookbug and craft sessions on the Inverclyde Libraries’ Facebook page  #LibraryLiveInverclyde.

An online book group has been launched on Twitter as well. The Twitter Book Group, #ILOnlineBookGroup, is endorsed by world renowned author, Margaret Atwood, and meets on 27 May and then every three weeks after that.

The Libraries Service now has a range of BorrowBox e-book and e-audiobook titles that can be downloaded and read or listened to by multiple users at once. These books will be discussed by the book group.

An online guide to using the BorrowBox e-book and e-audiobook service on Apple and Android devices is available on the council’s website along with a guide about how the reading group will work.

BorrowBox is available from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store or from the Amazon App store for Kindle Fire.

The service is only available to existing Inverclyde Library members and a library card number, pin number and valid email address are required to access it. However, joining from the library from home is easy using the short link: https://bit.ly/2zVdbhc

All fines imposed from before 17 March 2020 have been cancelled and no further fines will be run up on any overdue items. All items currently on loan will automatically have their return date extended until the libraries re-open.

Below is a table showing the most borrowed e-books and e-audiobooks by category.

Title

Author

 

Loans

Reserves

Adult

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Mile

David Baldacci

 

62

8

Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood

 

24

4

Killing Floor

Lee Child

 

11

0

Long Range

C.J. Box

 

10

7

Break

Marian Keyes

 

10

5

     

 

   
     

 

   

 

Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Cross

James Patterson

 

8

4

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's

J.K. Rowling

 

7

1

Have Sword, Will Travel

Garth Nix, Sean Williams

 

4

1

Mr Dog and the Faraway fox (Mr

Ben Fogle, Steve Cole

 

3

0

Gangsta Granny

David Walliams

 

3

1

     

 

   
     

 

   

 

Young Adult

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Brother's Name is Jessica

John Boyne

 

4

0

Between the Lies

Cathy MacPhail

 

4

1

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

 

3

0

Silk Roads

Peter Frankopan

 

3

2

Devil You Know

Cathy MacPhail

 

3

1

     

 

   
     

 

   
     

 

   
     

 

   

Top EAudiobook Loans 23rd March to 14th May 2020 (Lockdown period so far)

 

 

   
     

 

   

Title

Author

 

Loans

Reserves

 

Adult

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

 

25

3

Mr Holmes

Mitch Cullin

 

14

1

Long Road to Mercy

David Baldacci

 

8

3

Juror No. 3

James Patterson, Nancy Allen

 

7

1

Memory

Lucy Dawson

 

7

1

     

 

   
     

 

   

 

Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boy Who Grew Dragons

Andy Shepherd

 

10

1

Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell

 

8

1

Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior

Cube Kid

 

5

2

Good Egg Presents

Jory John

 

5

1

Excellent Excuses (and Other Good

Liz Pichon

 

5

0

     

 

   
     

 

   

 

Young Adult

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Kill a Kingdom

Alexandra Christo

 

3

3

Warcross

Marie Lu

 

2

0

Beasts Made of Night

Tochi Onyebuchi

 

2

0

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens

Becky Albertalli

 

2

1

Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

 

2

0

               

 

 

 

Page last updated: 21 May 2020