This is the first time I’ve publicly posted my monthly library report, but I’m hoping to do this each month this year. Enjoy!
The circulation stats are way down, but there are definitely circumstances for that. In 2014, all English classes did a choice reading assignment in September which skyrocketed circulation. We moved that assignment last year and this year it will be assigned at the teacher’s discretion. That should even out the circulation stats over the months a good bit. This year, we started late to school and no classes got to that choice reading assignment until this week, so the circulation stats are much lower. I’ll be interested to see comparative data in future months. I’m afraid this year is just going to be strange, though.
I’m not posting data on collaborations because I count them differently now than I did in past years. I am counting them per class instead of per teacher (unless my collaboration was only with the teacher). So, this month I had 19 collaborations. I big part of that was Freshman Library Orientation. You can read more about that here. A small chunk is due to a little discussion class I held on Banned Books Week with a few English classes. The rest were collaborations with teachers that I hope will move to the classroom soon.
I’ve added over 200 items to the collection since May, which is always exciting. After the weeding project I worked on in 2015, there’s plenty of shelf space to fill. I’m hoping I can continue to add a lot of quality books this year. I still have a few more weeding projects to finish. Hopefully, that won’t cause the numbers to drop too much.
Fiction is by far the most circulated section and the assigned reading books are in a close second. I’m excited to see my graphic novels circulating well this year. It’s a section I’ve been building over the past two years and I think my addition of popular manga series has helped. I’ve also been working on buying and displaying nonfiction that would be of interest to the students, so it’s nice to see a higher circulation of those.
Hottest Books This Month!
Here are the six most popular books this month (that aren’t assigned books or textbooks). It looks like a lot of our kids are trying to get their ACT scores up. Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul are both very popular manga/anime series. I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the popularity of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Widow. I suppose both of them were on display is some fashion and caught the eyes of students. I’m not terribly surprised by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I think several students hadn’t had a chance to read it yet. It’s been checked out since I first placed it on the New Books display.
It’s been a busy, but great first(ish) month at HTHS. I’m excited about what the rest of the year holds.