"The Help" tops list

Staff recently ran the numbers to find out what have been the most popular books so far this year at Great River Regional Library (GRRL).

Top of the list was “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett, a novel about relationships between white women and their black maids in the Mississippi of 1962. Originally rejected by about 60 agents (according to Stockett’s reckoning) it’s a publisher’s dream: a first novel that builds its audience and just keeps selling. It has remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than a year and remains popular in Central Minnesota.

The library’s list shows that Central Minnesota reads what the rest of the country reads. Books by Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks and Janet Evanovich all appear on GRRL’s list as well as national bestseller lists.

The “most popular” list is fun, but it doesn't show the breadth of the collection at GRRL. We buy the bestsellers because we know our patrons want them. In addition, we balance our purchases to include non-fiction and high quality fiction with a smaller readership. That's why it's so much fun to browse the collection: you can always discover new books and new authors to enjoy. Browse the physical shelves when the library is open, and browse the entire collection or by using the tags in the online catalog at www.griver.org.