, Salem, MA

May 24, 2013

Book Notes: Hot books at the library

By Will Broaddus
Staff writer

---- — If you want to know what everybody’s reading, check out “Hot Holds” at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers website.

The feature displays covers of the five titles with the most holds currently placed on them by patrons at the 17 public and 10 school libraries in the North of Boston Library Exchange.

By clicking on any of the covers scrolling through the display, you will reach the NOBLE catalog, and can place a hold of your own.

Right now, four of the titles are fiction: “Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout, with 265 holds; “12th of Never” by James Patterson, with 242 holds; “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy, which has 147 holds; and “The Good House” by Marblehead’s Ann Leary, which has 141 holds.

The sole non-fiction title is “With or Without You,” the recently published memoir of addiction and recovery by Danvers native Domenica Ruta, which has 116 holds.

Danvers has been posting these hold numbers since redesigning the website last summer, and updates them once a week using information provided by the library exchange.

“NOBLE puts together something for us, a purchase alert,” said Patricia Arrington, head of circulation at the library, “so we can see if we have items that have a hold, to see if we have any gaps.”

For popular authors like James Patterson, the library orders five copies to start and waits to see if holds accrue.

“We have a rule of thumb,” Arrington said. “If there are more than five people waiting for an item, we then order another copy.”

Arrington hasn’t read any of these books, and won’t until demand cools off, so as not to deprive a waiting patron.

“I usually don’t read things on hold,” she said.