Tops library picks revealed for 2017

DVDS are the most often borrowed item from Red Deer Public Library

An autobiographical movie about a plane’s emergency landing on the Hudson River — the Hollywood blockbuster Sully — was the DVD most often borrowed from the Red Deer Public Library in 2017.

A fictional legal thriller that follows a judicial conduct investigator in Florida – The Whistler by John Grisham – was the most wanted book among library users.

Briana Ehnes, the library’s manager adult services, said the DVD Sully was checked out 183 times, and The Whistler was checked out 96 times.

She said the library has seven copies of Sully, which was released in 2016.

“We probably had a fairly substantial hold list when it was released and that obviously spilled over into 2017,” Ehnes said Friday.

The most popular DVD rentals after Sully were: Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, The Girl on the Train, The Accountant, Snowden, Jason Bourne, Lion, The Magnificent Seven, and Arrival.

She said a DVD vendor automatically sends the library major releases, but staff also try to keep up with movie lists, award winners, blockbusters, and movies of local interest.

“We just kind of keep an eye on the trends, and what people are talking about, and make sure we order those things as well. DVDs are our biggest circulating collection. They’re the most popular.”

She said the downtown branch has 10,915 DVDs, and the Dawe and Timberlands branches also have DVDs, which are likely the only places left in the city to access DVDs without buying them. Not all library users have access to services like Netflix to rent movies, but not all movies are available through those services.

“We kind of fill in the gaps of what people can get on Netflix or some of those other streaming services.”

Ehnes said the most sought after library books are the same titles found among popular new releases at a store like Chapters.

“Especially authors like David Grisham, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, they continue to be popular. It seems no matter what they write, they are always things that circulate well at the library.”

The most popular books after The Whistler were: No Man’s Land by David Baldacci, Fishbowl by Bradley Somer, The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly, The Last Mile by David Baldacci, The Crossing by Michael Connelly, and Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck.

Just Posted

WATCH: Red Deer’s noxious weeds are a goat’s dietary delight

Piper Creek Community Garden gets chemical-free weed control

Get your guilty pleasures: Westerner Days food

Traditional sugary treats were served up by the plate, bowl and bucket… Continue reading

Centrefest brings feats of daring to Red Deer’s downtown

Fundraising was a tough slog, but it came together in the end

Count shows slight decrease in Red Deer’s homeless

In two years, the number of homeless in Red Deer has decreased… Continue reading

Redoing hip surgeries are costly, says new study

Redoing hip and knee replacements costs Canada’s health system $130 million a… Continue reading

WATCH: Cirque ZUMA ZUMA puts on a show at Westerner Days

ZUMA ZUMA performs three times a day during Westerner Days

Jones’ punt return TD rallies Riders to road victory over Ticats

Roughriders 31 Tiger-Cats 20 HAMILTON — Brandon Bridge kept Dave Watford on… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer’s Iron Buffalo rocks Westerner Days

Iron Buffalo opened for Helix and Lee Aaron Thursday at the ENMAX Centrium

Zuckerberg’s Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

NEW YORK — Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook.… Continue reading

Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr. Bumbum’ after patient dies

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have arrested celebrated plastic surgeon Denis… Continue reading

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

SEATTLE — A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete… Continue reading

Dolphins anthem punishment includes suspensions

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem… Continue reading

Soy “milk” makers may need to find alternative description

NEW YORK — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk”… Continue reading

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death granted day parole

CALGARY — A woman whose son died after she failed to take… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month