The Worthington Libraries system just keeps reaching for the stars.
For the fifth consecutive year, it has received a five-star national rating from the Library Journal, the publication that annually evaluates public libraries.
Worthington's is one of only 30 library systems nationwide to receive the highest rating every year since the evaluation system began.
In the year prior to that, 2007, Worthington Libraries was named national library of the year by the same publication. That is the top award among all libraries.
All of the recognition is not taken for granted by a staff that continues to be motivated to grow and improve, said Lisa Fuller, director of community engagement.
"For us, it is nice to have that validation that we are hitting those marks and we measure up nationally," she said.
The star rating system is based on circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet use. Worthington is in a category for libraries with annual total operating expenditures of more than $5 million and less than $10 million.
More than 7,500 libraries were evaluated nationwide. Only 262 received a starred rating, and only 87 received a five-star rating.