EPL customers checked out and renewed more than 1.3 million DVDs, Blu-Rays and music CDs in 2018. Here's a list of the top circulating movies and music from last year, and some librarians' thoughts as to why these items were so popular.
Top Adult Movies
Black Panther was the biggest Marvel Comics Universe release in 2018. It was also nominated for many awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Album of the Year.
Black Panther is also available on Blu-ray.
A big title at the 2017 Academy Awards, The Shape of Water received thirteen nominations. It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
The Shape of Water is also available on Blu-ray.
The Greatest Showman is a feel-good story that appeals to children and adults alike. It's got big names like Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, and some great musical numbers to boot.
The Greatest Showman is also available on Blu-ray.
This critically-acclaimed World War II film was well-received, with eight Academy Award nominations. Dunkirk won Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. It has been referred to as director Christopher Nolan's best work to date.
Dunkirk is also available on Blu-ray.
Blade Runner 2049 revisits the dystopian future of replicants established in the cult classic, Blade Runner (1982). It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Special Visual Effects. This highly-anticipated sequel is popular among science fiction fans and moviegoers alike.
Blade Runner 2049 is also available on Blu-ray.
Top Adult Music
1. Evolve by Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons has been a constant on the airwaves since their debut hit single "Radioactive" in 2012. Evolve features three chart-topping singles from 2017: "Believer," "Thunder" and "Whatever It Takes."
Evolve is also available through streaming music.
These compilations are popular because they are collections of top hits. For some artists, these collections are the only surviving CD versions of their works. Now That's What I Call Music! 62 features music from 2017, including hits like "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars and "Paris" by The Chainsmokers.
3. The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
This successful film has an even more successful soundtrack. The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song–Motion Picture . With fan favourites like "This Is Me" and "Rewrite the Stars," this track covers a variety of musical genres. It even spawned another album, The Greatest Showman: Reimagined.
The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is also available through streaming music.
Now That's What I Call Music! 63 features popular music from 2017. It's perfect for listeners who want a glimpse of what's trending, but don't want to check out 20 different CDs. This album includes hits like "Slow Hands" by Niall Horan and "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar.
5.Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves is an award-winning country singer and songwriter. Her fourth studio album, Golden Hour, won Album of the Year at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards. She also won Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.
Golden Hour is also available through streaming music.