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'Dragon Tattoo' book most popular

For the second year in a row, people in Erie County queued up to check out a novel by Steig Larsson.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was the most-borrowed library book in Erie County in 2011, for the second year in a row, library officials reported this week.

An analysis of library borrowing trends in 2011, reported by library officials, also revealed these nuggets:

*In print materials, in the category of new adult fiction, "The Confession" by John Grisham and "Sing You Home" by Jodi Picoult were the most popular choices among library patrons.

*In print books, in the category of adult nonfiction, the top choice among local readers was Jill Kelly's memoir of her life with Jim Kelly and Hunter Kelly, "Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything."

*In print material, the top picks among children's books in Erie County this year were "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" by Jeff Kinney, as well as a volume of Disney Princess bedtime stories.

*In the e-books category of library materials, the top choice by local library patrons among fiction titles was "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett, while the top nonfiction title was "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption," by Laura Hillenbrand.

Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski said her top read this year was the "Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins, books that fall into the young adult and science fiction categories.

Jack Edson, director of the Hamburg public libraries, picked Jeffrey Eugenides' novel "The Marriage Plot" as his top choice for 2011.

Angola Library Manager Mary Truby selected "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett as her favorite title.

In the City of Tonawanda, Library Director Glenn Luba chose as his top pick the home improvement title "Green Restorations: Sustainable Building and Historic Homes," by Aaron Lubeck.