In late 2015, Worthington Libraries was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The library also received an Auditor of State Award with Distinction from the office of Dave Yost, state auditor of Ohio.

In late 2015, Worthington Libraries was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The library also received an Auditor of State Award with Distinction from the office of Dave Yost, state auditor of Ohio.

Less than 10 percent of government entities in the United States, and only five library systems in Ohio, prepare an annual CAFR. It is considered the highest standard of financial reporting and provides complete disclosure of all the library's material financial aspects.

The library has prepared an annual CAFR since 2006 and has received these awards each year, placing the organization in very elite company.

The GFOA is a national organization that presents the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting only after a CAFR has been reviewed by three financial professionals from various parts of the country.

Less than 5 percent of government agencies nationwide receive the GFOA award and, of the 5,800 government entities reviewed in Ohio, fewer than 5 percent receive the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

Margaret Doone, the library's chief financial officer, said, "The awards are nice to receive, but what's most important is providing the community with financial transparency, so they can see exactly how the library spends their tax dollars."

The library's 2014 CAFR is available online at worthingtonlibraries.org.

Lisa Fuller is director of community engagement for Worthington Libraries.