SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — For the third time in as many years, the Library Journal has awarded the Southwest Harbor Public Library its highest honor, the “5-Star Library” designation. Only 3.5 percent of the nation’s public libraries are awarded from three to five stars, and the libraries selected for the 5-Star designation represent only about 1 percent of the nation’s public libraries. A number of criteria go in to the selection process including circulation of materials, visits to the library, program attendance and use of the public internet facilities.
“We were, of course, delighted to receive the notice of our selection,” said Candy Emlen, Director of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, in a press release. “We try to provide the best experience we can for our patrons whether they are year round residents, summer residents or just here for a few days in the summer. We have focused a lot of effort on our programs over the past several years. Through October of this year, we held almost 300 programs. That works out to about 30 programs per month and people genuinely seem to appreciate them.”
“It’s a testament to our staff and volunteers,” said Patsy Fogarty, cfhair of the Board of Trustees, in a press release. “Making certain that all visitors to the Library are made to feel welcome and to help them find the information they need is our primary mission. I also want to congratulate the public libraries in Camden, Castine, Damariscotta and Guilford who made the Star list.”
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