Here’s The Louisville Library’s 10 Most-Circulated Books Of The Year Tuesday, Dec 31 2019 

A coming-of-age story centered on a possible murder, the memoir of America’s first African American first lady, and the account of a young girl’s quest for knowledge topped the Louisville Free Public Library’s list of the 10 most circulated books in 2019.

The library compiles the list every year, ranking titles by how many copies were checked out in print and electronic books. Library Director Lee Burchfield, who was appointed in April, said the list helps the library decide what books to purchase. Burchfield also said people tend to ask about the top books list.

He said the list shows there is diversity in readers’ interests.

“Literature is a reflection of current culture, but also helps shape it,” Burchfield said in an emailed statement. “Some [readers] are looking to get away from the culture wars, some are looking to understand them, and some, whatever their political or cultural perspective, are just looking for an ally.”

Here’s the full list of the library’s top 10 most-circulated books in 2019:

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  2. Becoming – Michelle Obama
  3. Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover
  4. The Reckoning – John Grisham
  5. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  6. Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty
  7. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  8. Look Alive Twenty-Five – Janet Evanovich
  9. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be – Rachel Hollis
  10. Long Road to Mercy – David Baldacci

Lists of the top 10 titles in fiction, non-fiction, young-adult and children’s books are on the Louisville Free Public Library’s Facebook page here.

12/7 Potterpalooza returns at Louisville Free Public Library Thursday, Nov 14 2019 

The 3rd annual Potterpalooza at the Louisville Free Public Library will be on Saturday, December 7th (6 – 10 p.m.) at the Main Library (301 York Street). Events include the Yule Ball, the Tri-Wizard Tournament,  Diagon Alley, trivia, and more.  Against the Grain Brewery will be serving drinks in the Hog's Head Pub, warm drinks from Heine Brothers' Coffee and books and other merchandise will also be on sale from Carmichael's. More details at

11/14 Will Oldham & Alanna Nash @ LFPL Thursday, Oct 31 2019 

Veteran music reporter Alanna Nash and acclaimed musician Will Oldham will be giving a talk at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch (301 York Street), on Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m. for the 'In Conversation' Series. The event is free, but but reservations are needed. Register here.

Go gonzo Saturday at the Louisville Free Public Library with GonzoFest No. 9 Tuesday, Jul 16 2019 

Detail of art by Grant Goodwine

Earlier this spring, 2019 was declared “The Year of Gonzo” in Louisville, as three exhibitions dedicated to hometown hero Hunter S. Thompson are being held at different venues throughout the year. Now, the celebrations are culminating in one afternoon at one easily accessible venue as the ninth annual GonzoFest takes over the Louisville Free Public […]

KMAC Goes to the Library Wednesday, Oct 21 2015 

Text as Material: Nina Katchadourian’s “Sorted Books” On September 19, 2015 the museum opened a special KMAC In The Community exhibition featuring Nina Katchadourian’s Kansas Cut-Up from her ongoing “Sorted Books” project. The exhibition is located in the newly designed 40,000 square foot award-winning Southwest Regional Library building that directly serves the Shively, Pleasure Ridge … Continue reading KMAC Goes to the Library