Stark Library a “Star Library” – Again!

February 5, 2020 (Canton, Ohio) –Stark Library has been recognized in the Library Journal’s annual list of top-rated “star libraries” for the fifth year in a row.  Star Libraries are the best of the best, representing the top 1% of all public libraries in the United States.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a Star Library. We are thankful to everyone who visits us and uses our services,” said Mary Ellen Icaza, Executive Director/CEO. “Our community inspires us to be our best each and every day. We will continue to work hard for our patrons and to maintain our Star Library standing.

Stark Library has been honored as a three-Star Library five years in a row, and is one of only 25 Star Libraries in Ohio, and the only one in Stark County.

LJ’s Star Library Ratings and the LJ Index of Public Library Service spotlight the best libraries across America. The prestigious national rating system recognizes and promotes America’s top public libraries. The Library Journal assigns libraries star ratings similar to those used by Michelin and other travel guides to library peers in the same funding category.

The industry-leading magazine analyzes public libraries to determine Star status based on six different measures: overall circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, WIFI and public Internet computer useThe ratings were based on data from 2017 reported to state library agencies and compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

For more information, visit or call 330-452-0665. To learn more about the Star Libraries, visit




Inviting. Informing. Transforming.  At Stark Library, we invite everyone into a welcoming place, inform them with resources that will help them grow, and then send them back out to change and transform the world. We think of this ongoing, lifelong process as OUR PURPOSE.

One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, Stark Library serves more than 240,000 residents, annually circulating nearly 4 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 8,000 programs for 150,000 attendees and provides 195,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch. In 2018, Stark Library served nearly 2 million visitors at all locations and online.

For locations, hours or more information visit or call 330.452.0665.


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