Stark Library a “Star Library” For Fourth Consecutive Year

Stark Library has again been recognized in the Library Journal’s annual list of top-rated “star libraries.”  Star Libraries are the best of the best, representing the top 1% of all libraries in the United States.

“We are thankful to everyone who visits us and uses our services. We believe strong libraries make strong communities, which is why we strive to offer enriching services and programs such as early literacy skills training, workforce development, and digital resources,” said Mary Ellen Icaza, Executive Director/CEO.

LJ’s Star Library Ratings and the LJ Index of Public Library Service spotlight the best of the best across America. The prestigious national rating system is designed to recognize and promote America’s top public libraries. There are only 257 ranked Star Libraries across the nation out of 16,766 public libraries in 2018, and only 23 are in Ohio. This is Stark Library’s fourth year of being honored as a three-Star Library.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a leading library in the nation. The true stars here are our staff, who provide exemplary service for our patrons every day,” Icaza continued.  “We will continue to work hard to provide top notch services to patrons and maintain our Star Library standing. Thank you for inspiring us to be our best.”

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. A star rating not only means that the library itself delivers a strong return on investment, but that it is also one of the strongest performers when compared to its peers.

Five different measures of the service libraries deliver to their communities were used to determine Index scores and Star status: overall circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. The ratings were based on data from 2016 reported to state library agencies and compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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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, the 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 9,000 programs for 166,000 attendees and provides 220,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch. In 2017, Stark Library served nearly 2 million visitors at all locations and online.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The SmartStore, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, passport services and the StartSmart School Partnership.

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