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Read One Program: What are people reading at our local libraries?
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 1:07 PM

Editor’s note: The Progress is teaming up with the Paulding County Carnegie Library to point out the importance of battling illiteracy in the local community by taking part in the Read One Program, Oct. 1-31. We asked the library for a local list of most popular book titles. The following information was provided by library director Susan Pieper.


PAULDING – So, what is the most popular book ever to be borrowed from the Paulding County Carnegie Library system? Good question. Not easy to answer. Our automated circulation system does not keep that statistic, but we can share some other interesting facts about the reading patterns of Paulding County readers:

Trendy and One-Hit Wonders

These books may be “in the news” or “flash in the pan.” Some are the only ones written by the authors. Some are worldwide best sellers. Most have been made into movies.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Authors With Waiting Lists

These authors consistently write books that are in high demand. They are known as “best selling” authors.

David Baldacci

Dan Brown

Sandra Brown

Lee Child

Michael Connelly

Catherine Coulter

Clive Cussler

Janet Evanovich

Sue Grafton

John Grisham

Stephen King

Karen Kingsbury

Dean Koonz

Beverly Lewis

Debbie Macomber

Bill O’Reilly

John Patterson

J. D. Robb

Nora Roberts

Danielle Steel

Non-Fiction with a Bang


G.E.D. Study Guides

Gardening Books

Craft Books

True Crime


So far in 2013 the Paulding County Carnegie Library system has loaned:

56,754 Books which include:

27,398 Fiction Books

645 Biography Books

17,027 Easy Books

7,152 Non-Fiction Adult Books

4,532 Non-Fiction Juvenile Books

2,782 Magazines which include:

403 Magazines from the children’s collection

2,379 Magazines from the adult collection

1,935 Adult Books recorded on CD

40,173 DVDs (including movies, educational, documentaries, television series, cable programs, classic movies, classic television, etc.) which include:

27,166 Adult DVDs

13,007 Children’s DVDs

If you are looking for a book to read, we guarantee we will find a good fit. We will be your personal shopper (so to speak) but in this case, we will connect you to a book that will best suit your interests. Try us! You will like us!

How to participate in the Read One Program:

It is easy for Paulding County residents to take part in the Read One Program. Simply choose at least one book to read during the month of October. At the end of the month, email the title of the book(s) and the author(s), the reader’s contact information and whether the reader is a student or adult, to or drop your title or list by the Progress offices or at the Paulding County Carnegie Library or any of its branches.

In the first week of November, all of the titles will be compiled and a list will be published in an edition of the newspaper and online. The name of the reader will not be published.

Participants will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of two free one-year print or online subscriptions to the Progress. One prize will be award to an adult participant, and one for a student participant will be awarded to the student’s school classroom.