August 22, 2019

Lists: Top Book Check Outs of 2015 at the New York Public Library (Systemwide, by Borough, by Branch)

From the NYPL:

The New York Public Library has compiled the top books checked out in 2015 from its 92 branches in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Leaving Time, a psychological thriller by bestselling author Jodi Picoult, led the 2015 list, followed by Paula Hawkins’s debut mystery novel The Girl on the Train and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the much-anticipated follow-up to the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Library also released the top 10 books checked out from each of the three boroughs it serves, along with the top title at each of its circulating libraries. While the top system-wide books list includes e-titles, the top books per branch do not.

The Girl on the Train took the top spot in Manhattan, NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson was number one in Staten Island, and TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review, a study guide for high school equivalency exams published by Kaplan Publishing, narrowly beat out NYPD Red 3 in The Bronx.

Individual branches saw a wide variety of books checked out the most, from Henry A. Clumpton’s The Art of Intelligence Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service at City Island Library in the Bronx, to Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel at South Beach Library in Staten Island.

“The variety of books on these lists shows the depth and breadth of our circulating collections, as well as the various ways in which our patrons interact with us and our materials,” said Christopher Platt, the Vice President of Library Services at NYPL. “Whether they are improving their circumstances by checking out test prep books or picking up best sellers for their commutes, New Yorkers need, love and use their local libraries.

Over 20 million items, including books, are circulated throughout the NYPL system each year. Opportunities to check out items will be even greater in 2016, when hours expand at branches across the system thanks to a $43 million city funding increase for New York’s three public library systems: NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library.

Top 10 Books Systemwide

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Grey by E. L. James

Top 10 Books in the Bronx

TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Family Business 3 by Carl Weber
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Pegasus by Danielle Steel
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Grey by E.L. James

Top 10 Books in Manhattan

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Top 10 Books in Staten Island

NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Pegasus by Danielle Steel
Country by Danielle Steel
Undercover by Danielle Steel
Hush by Eishes Chayil
The Job 3 by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Top Books by Branch in the Bronx

Allerton – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Baychester – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Belmont – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Bronx Library Center – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Castle Hill – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
City Island – The Art of Intelligence Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Clason’s Point – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Eastchester – Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names for Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, Mages, Shamans & Independent Thinkers of all Sorts Who are Curious About Names from Every Place and Every Time by K.M. Sheard
Edenwald – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Francis Martin – Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motom
Grand Concourse – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
High Bridge – TASC : Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Hunt’s Point – Blood, Sweat, & Payback by Wahida Clark
Jerome Park – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Kingsbridge – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Melrose – Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Morris Park – True Love by Jennifer Lopez
Morrisania – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Mosholu – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Mott Haven – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Parkchester – New York State Grade 5 Elementary-level English Language Arts Test
Pelham Bay – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Pelham Parkway-Van Nest – Calculus by Frank Ayres and Elliott Mendelson
Riverdale – The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Sedgwick – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Soundview – Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Spuyten Duyvil – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Throg’s Neck – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Tremont – Get Your Hopes Up!: Expect Something Good to Happen to You Every Day by Joyce Meyer
Van Cortlandt – Anti-inflammatory Eating Made Easy: Nutrition Plan and 75 Recipes for a Healthier Body by Michelle Babb
Wakefield – The Family Business 3 by Carl Weber
West Farms – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Westchester Square – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Woodlawn Heights – Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Woodstock – The Nature of Good and Evil by Sylvia Brown

Top Book by Branch in Manhattan

115th Street – Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
125th Street – Back to Me by Wanda Campbell
58th St. – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
67th St. – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
96th St – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Aguilar – Barron’s U.S. Citizenship Test
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book – Just a Taste by Deirdre Martin
Battery Park City –
Bloomingdale – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Chatham Square – Avatar: The Last Airbender. Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru
Columbus – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Countee Cullen – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
Epiphany – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Fort Washington – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
George Bruce – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Grand Central – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Hamilton Fish Park – Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato and John Werry
Hamilton Grange – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Harlem – Divine Love Astrology: Revealing Spiritual Truth for Personal Transformation
Hudson Park – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Inwood – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Jefferson Market – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Kips Bay – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Macomb’s Bridge – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion
Mid-Manhattan – Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
Morningside Heights – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Muhlenberg – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Mulberry – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
New Amsterdam – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Ottendorfer – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Library for the Performing Arts – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
Riverside – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Roosevelt Island – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Science, Industry and Business Library – Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies
Seward Park – Fairy Tail 43 by Hiro Mashima
St. Agnes – In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral – Double-Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan
Tompkins Square – The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Washington Heights – GED Test Skill Builder: Math
Webster – Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Yorkville – The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Top Books by Branch in Staten Island:

Dongan Hills – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Great Kills – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Mariners Harbor – TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review
Huguenot Park – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
New Dorp – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Port Richmond – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
Richmondtown – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
South Beach – Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
St. George – I’ll Stand By You: One Woman’s Mission To Heal the Children of the World by Elissa Montanti and Jennifer Haupt
Stapleton – Pretty Guardian: Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Todt Hill – Prodigal Son by Daniel Steel
Tottenville – NYPD Red 3 by Marshall Karp and James Patterson
West New Brighton – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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