Jan
7
2022

Top PEI library picks for 2021

Over a half million items were borrowed from the Prince Edward Island library system in 2021, with The Sentinel by Lee Child topping the chart. 

There are 25 public libraries across the province where Islanders can borrow books, DVDs and other materials, access the Internet and enjoy a variety of free programs.

“Libraries help us fuel our imagination and learn about almost anything imaginable. Throughout 2021 libraries continued to provide Islanders with access to free materials, programming, resources and community connections.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Natalie Jameson

Here are the top library items Islanders borrowed in 2021:

Top Adult Fiction Book - The Sentinel by Lee Child
Top Adult Non-Fiction Book - A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Top DVD - Honest thief
Top Children's BookThe thank you book by Mo Williams
Top French Book - Totalement givré! - Jeff Kinney
Top Adult Fiction – eAudiobook - Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
Top Adult Fiction – eBook - The Whistler by John Grisham
Top Adult Non-Fiction – eAudiobook - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Top Adult Non-Fiction – eBook - Untamed by Glennon Doyle

“Throughout the pandemic, our libraries have done an outstanding job at making more of their resources and programs available online through various virtual platforms. We saw over 130,000 eAudiobooks and eBooks borrowed through the libraries in 2021,” added Minister Jameson. 

Online collections, including downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive, interactive children's stories from TumbleBooks, and Ancestry Library Edition, are always available.

For a full list of libraries and hours of operation, visit: Libraries and Archives.

Media Contact
Autumn Tremere
Education and Lifelong Learning
agtremere@gov.pe.ca

Backgrounder

Total number of library items circulated in 2021 was 536, 687

Top Adult Fiction Books
The Sentinel by Lee Child
All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

Top Adult Non-Fiction Books
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Top DVDs
Honest thief
The Irishman
Made in Italy
Knives out
The good liar

Top Children's Books
The thank you book by Mo Williams
I'm a frog! by Mo Williams
I will take a nap! by Mo Williams
I really like slop! by Mo Williams
Old school by Jeff Kinney

Top French Books
Totalement givré! - Jeff Kinney
Zéro réseau! - Jeff Kinney
Les Schtroumpfs - Cherche et Trouve: Tome 4. - Peyo
Les transports : soulève les volets et découvre l'intérieur des véhicules! - Ruth Martin
Guinness world records. Gamer's edition 2020 : [le mondial des records]

Total number of eBooks and eAudiobooks circulated in 2021 was 132,111

Top Adult Fiction - eAUDIOBOOKS
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Top Adult Fiction - eBOOKS
The Whistler by John Grisham
Vi by Kim Thúy
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

Top Adult Non-Fiction - eAUDIOBOOKS
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Top Adult Non-Fiction – eBOOKS
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders 
The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062

DeptELL@gov.pe.ca