You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. But what about a neighborhood?
We asked the Dallas Public Library for the most popular books borrowed at two of our neighborhood libraries, North Oak Cliff and Hampton-Illinois.
Those libraries are active, offering classes and programs every day. And they have good circulation: 253,351 at North Oak Cliff and 551,746 at Hampton-Illinois last year.
Here are the top three books checked out from each library in three categories.
Adult fiction, Hampton-Illinois:
Adult fiction, North Oak Cliff:
Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train,: Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” and John Grisham’s “The Litigators” also made the lists.
Adult non-fiction, Hampton-Illinois:
“The Effective Teacher”
“Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes and Stay Out of Trouble”
“The Power of Being Thankful: 365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude”
Adult non-fiction, North Oak Cliff:
“The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism”
“Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What it Means to be Black Now”
“Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life: How to Enjoy a Life of Great Meaning and Altruism”
Also on the lists: “Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” and “English for Latinos.”
Juvenile fiction, Hampton-Illinois:
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School”
“Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective”
“Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride”
Juvenile fiction, North Oak Cliff:
“Monkey King Vol. 19: Masters and Disciples”
“My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship”
“My Little Pony: Adventures in Magic”
“The Gruffalo” and “Hop on Pop” also were popular.
Juvenile non-fiction, Hampton-Illinois:
“Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary”
“Los Tiburones” (Sharks)
“Los Tiburones Makos” (Mako Sharks)
Juvenile non-fiction, North Oak Cliff:
“Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear”
“If Not for the Cat”
“Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters”