Toledo Lucas County Library Recognized as One of Best!

Posted Oct 29th, 2010 by Rhonda B. Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


(October 27, 2010) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce that its system has been recognized by Library Journal as a STAR Library for its quality level of service.

This rating, officially titled LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010, is considered a pinnacle recognition within the public library arena. The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was recognized as one of 258 STAR libraries nationwide in a recent round of the LJ Index, which rated more than 7,400 public libraries total.

The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three stars based on 2008 data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The data reflects service reported for Fiscal Year 2008, which makes this the first round of national public library statistics since the onset of the economic recession in December 2007.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system was recognized with four stars.

“The statistics we keep show stakeholders that what our libraries deliver to our communities have always mattered, but they may now be more important than ever. In the face of the ongoing and broad cuts libraries are seeing nationwide, it is vital to illustrate the accomplishments of libraries,” states the Library Journal.

Clyde Scoles, local Library Director, said being rated as one of America’s top Star Libraries is an honor, and is due to the hard work and dedication of the system’s staff and administration.

“The Toledo-Lucas County system is proud of this Star Library recognition. It proves to the staff and administration that our patrons and this community see the value of what the public library truly offers, especially during tough times like our region and state have experienced in the last few years. We continue to shine and offer our patrons assistance to find jobs, offer homework help to students, public access computers, free family-friendly programming and so much more,” said Scoles.

Margaret Danziger, Deputy Director, added that the Star rating also provides the system an opportunity to learn from other public libraries, advocate for support, and continue to enhance needed services to the community.

In addition to being rated a STAR Library, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was also awarded a $2.2 million Federal Stimulus grant last month to support a high-speed Internet public computer center at Kent Branch Library and a cybermobile operated through the Library’s Outreach Services department.

NOTE: For additional information visit toledolibrary.org or libraryjournal.com or call 419.259.5207.

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