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These popular library books helped NYC readers turn the page on 2020

These popular library books helped NYC readers turn the page on 2020
New Yorkers on lockdown found more time to read in 2020, and the books they most often turned to were those that offered perspective, comfort and hope, according to a new list of top library checkouts.

After a lockdown that nearly closed the book on borrowing, branches of the New York Public Library, the Queens Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library began to open their doors in July, with limited grab-and-go services and safety guidelines in effect.“Our list suggests that readers in Queens, the epicenter of the pandemic when it first came to New York City, needed comfort and escape during one of the darkest periods our communities have ever experienced,” said Queens Public Library President Dennis Walcott.Kendi was tops in Brooklyn, while “The Vanishing Half,” Brit Bennett’s novel about the racial paths of Black twin sisters, was borrowed most often in the New York Public Library, which serves Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.(Obtained by Daily News) Several books from the lists were featured on The New York Public Library’s Black Liberation Reading List.

(Obtained by Daily News) “While the top titles are as diverse as the communities we serve, I am inspired to see that, in a year when basic facts were sometimes questioned, so many turned to libraries, trusted sources of knowledge, to enhance their understanding of current events and the social justice issues that continue to plague our nation,” said New York Public Library President Anthony Marx.” [More New York] Investigation of leaked Harvey Weinstein photo at Rikers Island focuses on DOC commissioner’s inner circle: sources p At the top of the Queens list was a John Grisham thriller, “The Guardians,” which follows a minister’s campaign to free a Death Row inmate.

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