Most popular series of books

Geronimo Stilton series

Geronimo Stilton is an Italian children’s book series published by Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy, since 2000. Although the series credits its title character as the author, the idea was originally thought of by Elisabetta Dami. On older novels, the copyright is issued to a pseudonym “Geronimo Stilton”; this was changed on newer books. The books are intended for readers in the 6–12-year-old age range. Scholastic Corporation has published the English version of the series in the US since February 2004, and the books are published by Sweet Cherry Publishing in the UK. The series has sold over 140 million copies worldwide, and with 249 editions it is one of the best-selling book series ever written.

Wimpy Kid series

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an international bestselling series that really has been loved by children everywhere, and with good reason. The series is known for its quirky stories, hilarious illustrations and ever-relatable hero, Greg Heffley. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books also have a reputation for being excellent books to give to reluctant readers to help them engage with stories that are both entertaining and easy-to-read.

Goosebumps series

Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror fiction novels by American author R. L. Stine, published by Scholastic Publishing. The stories follow child characters, who find themselves in scary situations, usually involving monsters and other supernatural elements. From 1992 to 1997, sixty-two books were published under the Goosebumps umbrella title. Various spin-off series were written by Stine: Goosebumps Series 2000, Give Yourself Goosebumps, Tales to Give You Goosebumps, Goosebumps Triple Header, Goosebumps HorrorLand, Goosebumps Most Wanted and Goosebumps SlappyWorld. Another series, Goosebumps Gold, was never released. Goosebumps has spawned a television series and merchandise, as well as a series of feature films, starring Jack Black as Stine. Since the release of its first novel, Welcome to Dead House, in July 1992, the series has sold over 400 million books worldwide in thirty-two languages, becoming the second-best-selling book series in history, after J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

The Famous Five series

The Famous Five are among Enid Blyton’s best-loved creations and countless children have gone adventuring with them since the publication of Five on a Treasure Island in 1942, the first of twenty-one full-length adventures and numerous short stories. Armed with maps, torches, packets of sandwiches and a plentiful supply of ginger-beer, Julian, Dick, Anne, their tomboy cousin George (Georgina by rights) and Timmy the dog like nothing better than to spend their holidays hiking and biking, camping and exploring by themselves, invariably falling into adventure.

Percy Jackson series

Also known as Percy Jackson & the Olympians, the book series by Rick Riordan is about a young man who, as you may have guessed, is called Percy Jackson. For those unfamiliar with the Riordan’s Olympian fictions—which is to say, people without children between the ages of seven and seventeen—their hero, Percy Jackson, thinks he is just a kid with a learning disability and a troublesome tendency to get kicked out of school, until he learns that his difficulties can be explained by the fact that he is a demigod, the offspring of Poseidon and a mortal woman. In the first book of the series, “The Lightning Thief,” Percy gets shipped off, at the age of twelve, to Camp Half Blood, a refuge on Long Island populated by his demigod peers. There he learns the skills becoming of his lineage—sword fighting looms large—and discovers his own peculiar gifts: even when injured, he is miraculously healed and empowered by water.

Elisabetta Dami

Elisabetta Dami is an Italian children’s fiction writer and author of books for children.

Elisabetta Dami was born in 1958 in Milan, Italy. The daughter of publisher Piero Dami (founder of Dami Editore in 1972), she began working as a proofreader at the family publishing house and began to write her first stories at the age of 26.

Her experience gained from assisting sick children as a volunteer led to the idea of writing adventure stories featuring a mouse, Geronimo Stilton, as protagonist.

Her most famous work is the Geronimo Stilton series. Her other books have Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters as the main characters. The Thea Sisters include Colette, Nicky, Pamela, Paulina, and Violet.

In 1999 Dami began to collaborate with the Piemme publishing house, which, decided to produce a collection of books for children. Since 2000, when the first story came out, 100 million copies have been sold in 150 countries and in 40 different languages. Intended for all children, she has written more than 100 books.

Source: Goodreads

Topical Quizzes

Now play topical quizzes in the library website and boost your knowledge on topics of your interest. Topical quizzes are quizzes based on a topic. These are small quizzes of 10 to 15 questions each. At the end of each quiz you can see how you fare by checking the score. You can also check the correct answers and then try the quiz again. The following topical quizzes are available at present, and more will be added later.

e-Granthalaya tips and troubleshooting

The KV Adoor library has been using eGranthalaya, the library management software developed by National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, for two years now. This page lists the problems faced while using the software and the steps taken to troubleshoot the problem. Plus, tips for eGranthalaya users. Please leave your comments and suggestions here.

1. Lost database connection
This was the most frequent problem faced with this software. The following steps were taken to solve this problem.

  • In Windows, go to Start and select “SQL Management Studio Express”
  • Use Server Name “LIB-PC2\SQLEXPRESS” (use your computer name instead of “LIB-PC2”) and for Authentication “SQL Server Authentication”. Login using username “sa” and password “granth#xyz$123” (which is the default password, if you have not changed it)
  • Go to Security > Logins > granth3
  • Double click on granth3
  • Change Password and Confirm password to “granth3” (which again is the default password, if you have not changed it).
  • Click OK and close the SQL Management Studio Express program.
  • Now start e-Granthalay again. Test and save connection.

2. When PC gets Crashed and No Database Backup
In many situation, when your PC gets crashed and you do not have taken the backup of your database, in this situation, before format of the PC you can recover your database with the following steps:

  • Go to “C:\Program Files \ Microsoft SQL Server \ MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data” folder or where your SQL Server folder exists – you will find DATA folder where all the database files exists. Each database contains two files – one is .mdf and another is .ldf file (e.g. GRANTH3.mdf and GRANTH3_Log.ldf)
  • Copy these two files of your database name (mdf / ldf) and keep these files at safe place.
  • These two files contain your all data which can be restored later just by copy and paste on the same location after system restore. For copying these files again at the same location, you must stop the SQL Services

3. Restoring database
When your database gets corrupted, you have to restore your database from a backup.

  • In Windows, go to Start and select “SQL Management Studio Express”
  • Use Server Name “LIB-PC2\SQLEXPRESS” (use your computer name instead of “LIB-PC2”) and for Authentication “SQL Server Authentication”. Login using username “sa” and password “granth#xyz$123” (which is the default password, if you have not changed it)
  • Right click on “Databases” and select “Restore Database…”
  • In the “Restore Database” panel, after specifiying destination and source for restore, select “Options” and check “Overwrite the existing database”. Otherwise your restore won’t work.

4. Unable to issue books
Make sure that the “Entitlement” of the particular member is not showing as zero. If it is showing as zero, then you have to update the member details.

  • In the “Issue and Reserve” panel, after entering Membership No., select “Update Member Info”.
  • In the “Memberships” panel, make sure the appropriate “Category” and “Sub-Category” has been selected. then click on “Update”.
  • Also, make sure you have already added appropriate “Entitlement” to the Sub-Category or Designation in question by going to “Sub-Categories/Designation” panel in the “Circulation” tab.


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