New Port Richey Public Library receives rave reviews | Community Spirit
New Port Richey, Florida -- The City of New Port Richey proudly announces that the Public Library has received four stars in the 2013 Index of Public Library Service published by Library Journal.
Library Journal is a trade journal that reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries, and has a nation-wide circulation of 100,000. Libraries are categorized by yearly expenditure and rated on four criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet terminal use (public computers). NPRPL circulation came in at 22.73 per capita in our service area, meaning that 22.73 items were circulated for every resident in our service area. Visits per capita averaged 34.33, program attendance averaged 1.26, and public computer use came in at 2.82 per capita.
“These figures show the importance of your librarians to their community. It is still just as our founding fathers intended when public libraries were established as the 'people's university,'” says Director Susan Dillinger. “For many members, we’ve become the one-stop for access to government services, educational classes and great cultural programming. We are always busy, and assist our community with economic vitalization.”
Associate Director Ann Scott adds, “Our community depends on us more than ever for everything from informational and educational materials to access to the Internet, employment and business resources, technological guidance, and facilities for important community events like theatrical productions, musical performances and forums on topics ranging from health care to community gardening. Librarians energize their communities by helping members connect to these vital resources: archives, databases, classes, arts, discussions and one another.
The New Port Richey Public Library was the only library in the State of Florida to earn Star Awards. The entire report on America’s star libraries can be found at Library Journal’s website, www.lj.libraryjournal.com.