Baxter County Library readers kept the pages turning in 2020

In spite of, or perhaps, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baxter County Library patrons have been very busy reading in 2020. Initially, when the pandemic hit, eBook circulation shot up, peaking in May 2020, up 23% from May 2019. But, it is clear the community prefers books in print. Once the library reopened its doors in June and started offering holds pick-up service, the number of eBook check-outs started decreasing. From May to June of 2020, eBook check outs dropped down slightly by 6%, and print book circulation picked back up.If you’re curious to know the most popular titles in our community, check out the list below.

The top five most popular books from the library shelves include:

“Where The Crawdads Sing” — novel by Delia Owens

“The Bitterroots” — novel by C.J. Box

“Bloody Genius” — Virgil Flowers novel by John Sandford

“The 19th Christmas — by James Patterson

“Wolf Pack” — Joe Pickett novel by C.J. Box

The top five eBooks checked out were:

“Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses the Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje

“Fearless: Elemental Series, Book 1.5” by Brigid Kemmerer

“The Drowning House” — novel by Elizabeth Black

“Freaks Like Us” by Susan Vaught

“The Assassin and the Empire: Throne of Glass Series, Book 0.5” by Sarah J. Maas

The top five eAudiobooks listened to this year were:

“The Fullness of Time” by Kate Wilhelm

“By Stone, by Blade, by Fire: Barbara Holloway Series, Book 13” by Kate Wilhelm

“The Painted Girls” novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan

“The Shoemaker’s Wife” novel by Adriana Trigiani

“The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 1” by Rick Riordan

To start enjoying eBooks, eAudioBooks and more, visit to access the eBook collection from the “Books & More” tab on the homepage, or by downloading the Libby app and logging in with your library card number. To get a card to access eBooks, stop by the library during business hours Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You can also check out books through the library’s holds pick-up service. Place items on hold through your library account at and you will be notified when they are ready for pick-up. Or contact the library at 879-580-0987 to request items for pick-up. Holds pick-up service is available Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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