Madison Library Lists Hottest Items of 2012

What DVDs, CDs and books were checked out the most?

Taylor Swift's first live album, the authorized biography of Steve Jobs and a film adaptation of the novel "The Help" topped the lists of the Madison Public Library's most checked out items of 2012, according to the library's latest newsletter.

Library Director Nancy Adamczyk said preliminary numbers show more than 200,000 items were circulated in 2012, an 18 percent increase over the previous year.

DVDs and CDs, including movies, TV series and audiobooks, continue to account for a growing percentage of total circulation, at about 30 percent.

"Especially since Blockbuster closed, we are the place to go for DVDs in town," Adamczyk said.

While the library had to close for Superstorm Sandy and an asbestos removal project last year, it will be making up for some lost time in 2013.

Among the first steps it is taking in response to community feedback is extending Sunday hours by an hour, from 1 to 5 p.m., and restoring hours over some holidays. This year, the library plans to open President’s Day, Easter Saturday, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day, which had been holiday closings since 2009.

Madison’s Top Circulating Book Titles in 2012


  1. The Drop by Michael Connelly
  2. The Innocent by David Baldacci
  3. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
  4. Mystery: Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  5. The Affair by Lee Child
  6. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton


  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  3. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Madison’s Top Circulating Films in 2012

  1. The Help
  2. The King’s Speech
  3. Black Swan
  4. The Descendants
  5. The Iron Lady

Madison’s Top Circulating Music CDs in 2012

  1. World Tour Live: Speak Now, Taylor Swift
  2. Talk That Talk, Rihanna
  3. Papercut Chronicles II, Gym Class Heroes
  4. Torches, Foster the People
  5. Now That's What I Call Music! 40 2012 Grammy Nominees


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