In the latest round of evaluation of public libraries nationwide, Library Journal once again has awarded Worthington Libraries a five-star rating.
Over the 10 editions of the published Index of Public Library Service, 606 libraries received a starred rating in one or more years.
A total of 69 libraries received stars in each of the 10 editions. Of those, 13 public libraries earned a five-star rating each and every year.
Worthington Libraries is one of those all-time all-star libraries.
More than 7,000 libraries are evaluated annually for inclusion in the index. To earn a starred rating, libraries are judged against their peers on a variety of statistics, including the number of items checked out, patron visits, program attendance, public computer use and circulation of electronic materials.
In 2016, Worthington Libraries circulated more than 3.9 million items out of three locations.
This makes us the ninth-highest circulating library in Ohio, behind eight metropolitan library systems.
We work hard to maintain and build a collection of materials to meet the needs of residents. And those needs are constantly evolving.
Circulation of digital items continues to increase, as does our foreign-language collection, graphic novels, LGBTQ titles and large-print materials. This reflects a diverse population and a library striving to reflect that diversity.
We want all residents to feel welcome and to find materials that validate and challenge their views, as well as provide relaxation and entertainment. Our annual circulation is a strong indication we are meeting this goal.
We also have introduced several new services in the past year that have proved quite popular.
We offer notary services and process passport applications.
We started circulating Adventure Kits, which are collections of items based on a particular activity, such as hiking, sewing or learning to play the ukulele.
We put together "binge boxes" of movies based on select themes (road trips, baseball, etc.) and provide browsing baskets which can be checked out and used to carry materials to and from home.
In all of these ways, and so many others, Worthington Libraries hopes to exceed expectations and to be a source of surprise and delight for every resident we serve.
Thank you to residents for allowing us to be part of this all-star community.
Lisa Fuller is director of community engagement for Worthington Libraries.