It has been quite a month for the Grandview Heights Public Library.
On the heels of voters overwhelmingly passing its 2.5-mill replacement levy Nov. 6, the library has been recognized as the nation's best public library in its category for the second consecutive year.
In addition to ranking the Grandview library as America's best, the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service has also named it a five-star library for the fifth consecutive time.
"It's a great honor, particularly getting the five-star ranking every year the Library Journal has been doing these ratings," library Executive Director Mary Ludlum said.
Grandview is one of only 30 libraries nationwide that have received five stars five years in a row, she said.
The index identifies only 262 of the country's 7,570 public libraries in its America's Star Libraries 2012. Only 30 libraries have received five stars in each of the five years the Library Journal has been conducting its rating system.
The rankings are based on 2010 data regarding circulation, visits, program attendance and Internet use, each per capita.
Libraries are arranged in categories based on their total annual expenditures.
Other Franklin County library systems receiving star ratings are the Columbus Metropolitan Library (ranked fourth in its category), Upper Arlington (12th), Westerville (11th) and Worthington (second).
"We have a great tradition of having strong libraries in Ohio, and that's because we also have had a tradition of state funding for libraries," Ludlum said.
In recent years, the state has cut its funding for libraries, "so we've had to rely more on local funding," she said. "We're proud that we've been able to maintain a high level of service despite having to make some cutbacks because of the reduction in state funding.
"As a staff member said to me recently, we've been able to make lemonade out of lemons," Ludlum said.
The Grandview community continues to show its support for the library, both by using its services at high rates and voting for the library's levies, she said.
"And for that, we are eternally grateful," Ludlum said.