Your Lopez Island Library is thrilled to receive a STAR Library distinction for the 7th year in a row. Only three libraries in Washington State were selected for this national award: Seattle Public, King County, and your Lopez Island Library.
STAR Libraries are selected through the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service which is sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat. In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the LJ Index of Public Library Service but only 260 of those libraries are designated Star Libraries. Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and then, within each of those groups, rated based on how their five measures compare to the peer group’s means (or averages) of these five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use—and, now, electronic circulation.
The Lopez Library’s director Lou Pray, its staff and library board are honored to receive this distinction along with advocates like the Friends of the Lopez Library, our wonderful dedicated volunteers and certainly the terrific Lopez Island community. We are all STARs!