#holdshelf: January 2013
The hold shelf is the polygraph test of the library world. What are people truly interested in reading? Check the holds. While the popularity of certain titles is universal (see: Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, etc.), often times there will be a run on a book you never expected. As famous librarian, the famous Rasheed Wallace once famously said (and I quote), “Hold shelf don’t lie.”¹
¹Look out – faux sports reference.
Every month (save the months when we don’t) The Children’s Literature Bill Clinton (John Schumacher) and I recap what’s on our hold shelves and invite you to do the same. I’m up first. The theme seems to be Regional Flair:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The only notable thing here is that it’s the original wimp, and not one of the more recent installments.
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
I, Jack by Patricia Finney
Scary Stories 3 by Alvin Schwartz
This is a mainstay.
Surviving Me by Reginald Raab
This is pretty cool because this book is written by a teacher who works at the school. We have multiple copies in the library and they’re always circulating.
I think they have these for other states too, right? I am a fan of Michigan miscellanea, so I get the appeal.
American Chillers: The Michigan Mega-Monster by Jonathan Rand
Have I told you yet about the R.L. Stein of Michigan? His name is Jonathan Rand and his books are like our mitten state version of Goosebumps. Every elementary library has them. After creating the Michigan Chillers series, he went national with American Chillers.
Plunked by Michael Northrup
This has been a steadily popular book. It’s always checked out and often lands on this shelf.
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Still going strong, this one! It’s been a hold shelf regular since the beginning, and, it appears, for some time to come.
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, Book 3) by Kazu Kibuishi
Nothin’ new here.
John Schumacher upped the ante with a hold shelf video:
And now it’s your turn. Thank you to everyone who submitted their hold shelf.
via Abigail L.
via Sylvie Shaffer
via Lindsay W.
Look for more #holdshelf next month.
(Top image: polygraph by spiralstares http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiralstares/1466785860/)
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