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Top Ten Most-Checked Out Books

The New York Public Library turns 125 this year. In order to celebrate their anniversary, the library has decided to find out the most checked out books that have accumulated over the years. Here are their top ten books.


  1. The Snowy Day (485,583 checkouts)

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Capturing the first snowball, The Snowy Day is a compelling story that has become a favorite of millions. It attempts to reveal the wonder of a child at a new world, capturing the hope and keeping that wonder forever.


  1. The Cat in the Hat (469,650 checkouts)

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Sally and her brother are stuck in the house on a rainy day with nothing to do. A giant cat in a hat shows up at their front door, hoping to turn their frowns upside down by giving them an exciting day.



  1. 1984 (441,770 checkouts)

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As a reading that is required for students to read, it is the most terrifying novels written. Published in 1949, Orwell was able to show his vision of a bureaucratic world, where everyone and everything is under the supervision of Big Brother. Disobey the law and cease to exist.


  1. Where the Wild Things Are (436,016 checkouts)
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Max is sent to be one night without anything to eat after he caused some mischief in his world suit. That night, a forest grows in his room and an ocean opens with a boat to take Max to where the wild things are.



  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (422,912 checkouts)

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Rising to success in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird allows readers to dive into what makes up human behavior. It helps to gain a better understanding of life stages from, as the blurb states, “innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.”


  1. Charlotte’s Web (337,948 checkouts)

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This beloved book tells a tale of Charlotte’s feelings for a little pig named Wilbur. Both Wilbur and Charlotte express their love for a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born. This novel involves, as the blurb states, “friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.”



  1. Fahrenheit 451 (316,404 checkouts)

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Guy Montag is a fireman, whose job is to make sure that most of the illegal commodities, like that of books, are destroyed. If anyone tried to conceal these books, then their homes would also be destroyed. Montag has never questioned about the world he lived in, that is before he met Clarisse, who introduces him to a world that isn’t controlled by television.


  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People (284,524 checkouts)

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Dale Carnegie’s, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been a timeless bestseller as it has given advice to millions on how to make people’s lives more successful. Carnegie’s principles help to make sure that you achieve your maximum potential in this age of competition.



  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (231,022 checkouts)

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Harry Potter is one of the most classic tales of all time. Left with his relatives to care for him after the murder of his parents, Harry is forced to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. His life changes when he receives a letter of who he truly is, a wizard. Rescued by a mysterious visitor, Harry begins his journey at his new home, Hogwarts.


  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (189,550 checkouts)

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On a sunny Sunday, a caterpillar hatched out of a tiny egg. He was so hungry that on Monday he at through one apple. Tuesday, he ate through three plums, but it still wasn’t enough. Once he was full, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep for several weeks, only to wake up as a beautiful butterfly.


Featured Image Via Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

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