Champaign library joins journal's 'All-Time All-Stars' list

Champaign library joins journal's 'All-Time All-Stars' list

CHAMPAIGN — For the past 10 years, the Champaign Public Library has been recognized on Library Journal's list of America's Star Libraries. But this year is different.

With this year's rating, the library joins only 69 others in the U.S. on the journal's "All-Time All-Stars" list.

And the library staff couldn't be happier.

"We're very pleased and very excited for our library," said Director Donna Pittman. "It's a very special list to be on."

The rating is based on community engagement and looks at the number of items a library checked out, e-book circulation, library visits, event attendance and public computer use. In the 2017 ratings released earlier this month, 7,409 American libraries qualified to be rated, with over 250 receiving three, four or five stars in the process.

Champaign once again joined that list with three stars for the third-straight year, placing it in the top 3.5 percent of public libraries nationwide and earning it recognition as one of only 22 libraries in the state with a star rating.

"An award like this one is a reflection of our community's involvement and high level of commitment," Pittman said in a press release. "Our Star Library gives this diverse community a treasured place to call home."

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