The best of 2017

As the weather turns icy and winter sets in, there’s no better time to catch up on the year’s best books, movies and albums.

If you’re looking for a recommendation for the best of 2017, the Albany County Public Library is one step ahead of you. The library recently polled its employees and compiled a top-10 list, with one tie, that includes six movies, four books and an album.

“We wanted to get a general picture of what the library likes,” said Megan Richardson, adult services librarian.

Atop the list is “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third movie based on the Marvel Comics character who has supernatural abilities thanks to his enchanted hammer. The movie was released in November.

The list continues with “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,” by MacKenzi Lee, a young adult novel set in 18th-century Europe about a young aristocrat who’s in love with his best friend.

Rounding out the top three is the picture book “The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse,” by Mac Barnett.

The movie “Wonder Woman” was rated No. 4, followed by “The War I Finally Won” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Get Out” and “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Tied for tenth place were “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” and “Melodrama” by Lorde.

Richardson said library employees who work with the public at the front desk or in circulation often give recommendations about their favorites, but she also sought the opinions of people who work elsewhere in the building.

“They have opinions, too, and they’re part of the library,” she said.

She compiled the list by assigning more weight to titles at the tops of lists, as well as titles that appeared on multiple lists.

While there wasn’t as much consensus about book titles, the group was in more agreement when it came to movies.

“I was a little bit surprised that there were so many movies that we agreed on, that multiple people picked,” she said.

Everything on the list that’s currently available to the public is at the library. “Thor,” for example, is still playing in theaters.

“‘Thor’ hasn’t come out on DVD yet, but the library will be getting a copy,” Richardson said.

The list is available on the Albany County Public Library website at www.albanycountylibrary.org/best-of-2017.aspx. The titles are also part of display near the library entrance.

Along with the top 10, the page includes a list of all the titles recommended by library employees. The list of books, which is extensive, includes chapter books and picture books.

“There are books for all ages,” Richardson said.

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