Notes from the Belén library for Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Loans increased last year as we were able to increase our hours while taking proper safety precautions. One thing remains true: Our borrowers know what they love! Below are some of your most loved loans of 2021.

First is the most borrowed novel: “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. This reader favorite was even the featured read in our December Check ‘Em Out Books discussion group.

The most borrowed DVD of Bethlehem of 2021? “Minari,” which follows a Korean-American family who moves to a farm in Arkansas in search of the American dream. What will we see in 2022?

In nonfiction, this title rose to the top in 2021: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson. It was also the most borrowed non-fiction e-audiobook. “Caste” takes a deep dive into caste systems throughout civilization, including those in the United States that institutionalize divisions within our society.

Readers stayed immersed in the world of The Hunger Games with Suzanne Collins’ prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” which was the most borrowed young adult title in 2021.

“MarioKart 8” for Nintendo Switch was once again the most borrowed video game title in 2021, but last year we also added some PS5 titles like “Jurassic World: Evolution 2” and “Subnautica: Below Zero” that are sure to give Mario a run for your money in the future.

Dog Man author Dav Pilkey remains in command when it comes to Most Borrowed Children’s Book. In 2021, it was the tenth in the series, “Mothering Heights”.

Last year, more people started venturing out there. That could be why The Empire Pass to New York State Parks was our most borrowed museum pass in 2021.

For the third year in a row (before and during the pandemic), laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots were the most borrowed items in our Library of Things collection, reflecting the need for digital access in our community.

In eBooks, Kristin Hannah’s “The Four Winds” topped the list of most borrowed fiction in 2021. This bestseller is an epic novel of love, heroism, and hope, set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb takes the reader behind the scenes of a therapist’s world and ranked No. 1 for the Most Borrowed Nonfiction eBooks of 2021.

Natalie D. Richards’ suspense thriller “Five Total Strangers” was the most borrowed young adult digital title in 2021.

Our digital magazine collection grew in 2021, but it was US Weekly’s gossip distraction that propelled it to the top of the most borrowed list for 2021.

Downloadable audiobooks have quickly replaced CDs as the preferred way to listen to books. In the first place of the most borrowed fiction titles for 2021 is the great American detective story “Promised Land” by Robert B. Parker.

To view one of these most borrowed titles, visit and search the catalog or click the eContent button on the home page to download digital content.

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