National Designation Awarded for Success In Public Service
Every public library is a star to the community it serves. When your library is officially designated a star-awarded library? It is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Each year, Library Journal (LJ) – the oldest and most respected professional library publication – reviews data on libraries across the country, spotlighting the best of the best across America. The Sewickley Public Library is fortunate to join in the rankings for 2020 as an American Star Library.
The LJ’s national designation is awarded to U.S. public libraries for their success in public library service. The ratings are determined by measuring areas of library usage, including: physical circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, Wi-Fi session use and – new to the 2020 rankings – use of online databases.
Over 5,600+ libraries qualified to be rated this year. The Sewickley Public Library is one of only 262 libraries nationwide and one of only 7 libraries in Pennsylvania to achieve the designation.
The library attributes this success to its focus on customer service. “Our library patrons and community are at the forefront of everything we do,” says Communications Librarian, Richelle Klug. “We are grateful to serve the Quaker Valley community and are committed to continuing to provide materials and services that help our community thrive.”