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Winchester Public Library receives national honor

The Winchester Public Library has been recognized as one of the best small libraries in America by Library Journal magazine.

In a report published in its November issue, the magazine named the Winchester Public Library the number one three-star library in the country among all libraries with budgets between $10,000 and $49,999 a year. The library was rated 21st within the category which covers thousands of libraries across the country.

The Winchester Public Library

The Winchester Public Library has been recognized as one of the best small libraries in America by Library Journal magazine.

Library Journal is the national magazine for professional librarians. The magazine annually reviews over 7,500 libraries of all sizes to identify the best libraries in the country. Those libraries with the very highest ratings are designated Star Libraries. The analysis is based on a study of usage data and input received through annual reports.

This review takes into account information on circulation, the number of visits per capita, attendance at library programs and Internet availability and usage.

John Duty, president of the board of trustees, was pleased the library had received such prestigious national recognition.

He said, “The Star Library designation is really a reflection of the hard work and professionalism of the director and the staff. It also reflects the contributions both the board members and the volunteers make in running a small library in a rural community like Winchester and surrounding Jefferson Township.”

Amy Lassiter, director of the library, echoed Duty’s views noting, “Being recognized by Library Journal is such an honor for our library. Bringing a library such as ours to the forefront shows that a community of our size and location can receive exemplary library service. All it takes is a group of dedicated, creative people to make it happen.”

“This library means so much to the community,” said township resident Julia Kirk. “It’s more than just books. With activities like the Festival of Trees, the Christmas Open House, weekly Story Time, and the many organizations that take advantage of the community room, the library really is a focal point for the entire community.”

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