November has many annual traditions, including Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

November has many annual traditions, including Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

A more recent one is the Grandview Heights Public Library being recognized as one of the nation's best libraries in annual rankings made by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.

Earlier this month, the index named Grandview as a five-star library for the sixth consecutive year.

The index also ranked Grandview second among all the nation's libraries with annual expenditures of between $1 million and $4,999,999. Libraries are arranged in categories based on their total annual expenditures.

Grandview had been ranked first in its category the previous two years.

"It's quite an honor," library Assistant Director Rebecca Felkner said. "We're so fortunate to be serving this community, because our community supports us so much, and I don't just mean financially."

The library has received a five-star ranking every year the Library Journal has conducted its ratings.

The index identified only 263 five-star libraries out of more than 7,500 public libraries in its America's Star Libraries 2012 listing.

The rankings are based on 2011 data regarding circulation, visits, program attendance and Internet use, each per capita.

"This is particularly gratifying" because the ranking is based on the community's use of the library and its services, Felkner said.

"We feel the love from the community," she said.

"It's easier for us to serve our community because we are a small library," Felkner said. "We can be more flexible in responding to what services our patrons want us to provide."

Other Franklin County library systems receiving top ratings are the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington.

"We have strong libraries in Ohio because of the funding mechanism that is in place from the state," Felkner said. "Every library gets some money from the state."