I meant to get this out weeks ago, but I ended up with the flu, and then bronchitis, so I’m a little late with this auspicious news.
For the past few months I’ve been doing my fieldwork at the New Port Richey Library in downtown New Port Richey. Founded in 1919 by Dr. Avery, the town’s former mayor, the library has been a staple of the community ever since. Recently, American Libraries came out with their list of top libraries in the country. Only one library in Florida earned any type of star status. The honoree, the New Port Richey Library with four stars.
Library Journal, a professional journal, has been rating libraries across the country based on circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet use on public computers. While the library is small, they have a circulation statistics of “22.73 per capita in its service area, meaning 22.73 items were circulated for every resident” (Suncoast News). Director Susan Dillinger says of the award, “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” (Suncoast News). “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’” (Suncoast News).
The library is indeed always busy. Every morning there is a line outside of people waiting use the 18 computers the library has for public use. I assisted with the Halloween storytime and trick or treat through City Hall for which over 30 children and 40 adults were in attendance for. While they may be small, they do a lot for the community.
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. – See more at: http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/news-pasco/npr-library-turns-another-page-with-national-ranking-20131127/#sthash.vONdIZDj.dpuf
With this award, the New Port Richey Library proves that great things do indeed come in small packages.
Lance, K. C., & Lyons, R. (2013). America’s star libraries. Library Journal, 138,18