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Julia Donaldson's tale Tiddler is most-borrowed book

Tiddler book in library
Tiddler by Julia Donaldson tells the tale of a story-telling fish

A children's book by the best-selling Glasgow based author Julia Donaldson was the most borrowed work from Scotland's libraries last year.

Tiddler topped the list, with another book by the author, Stick Man coming in at number six.

Sail by American thriller writer James Patterson was the second most borrowed title in Scotland.

Data by the Public Lending Right (PLR) revealed which titles were the most popular from July 2008 to June 2009.

Julia Donaldson's tale of a story-telling fish came out ahead of other best-selling authors, including Ian Rankin.

The author said: "I am thrilled and delighted about this.

"I do have a soft spot for Tiddler as the plot came in a flash of inspiration as it is a celebration of story-telling."

She added: "I am a great fan of libraries and there should be more specialised children's librarians.

TOP 10 LIBRARY BOOKS: SCOTLAND
1. Tiddler Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
2. Sail James Patterson
3. Doors Open Ian Rankin
4. Exit Music Ian Rankin
5. 7th Heaven James Patterson with Maxine Paetro

6. Stick Man Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

7. The Overlook Michael Connelly
8. The Naming of the Dead Ian Rankin
9. You've Been Warned James Patterson & Howard Roughan
10. My Sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson

"In fact I am back in touch with my old childhood librarian and there should be more like her - fostering a love of reading, as child readers are the adult readers of the future."

Industry body PLR makes payments to authors on the basis of how often their books have been lent out.

The sector remains important for writers with more than 23,000 of them set to receive a share of the £6.7m generated by library lending, a rate of 6.29 pence for every loan.

However, the latest figures show lending from libraries fell by eight million last year to 307 million.

Despite that, Elaine Fulton, director of the Scottish Libraries and Information Council, said there was a positive message.

"Attendance at Scottish libraries is holding steady, more people attend libraries than do football matches in Scotland," she said.

"It's really a passionate pastime for many Scots.

"In Scotland people love reading, 60% of the population say that it is their most popular cultural pastime."



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