Library Journal listed East Grand Forks’ own Campbell Library (Facebook) as a star library for 2012. The library ranks high among over 7500 rated libraries nationwide in criteria such as circulation per capita, visits, and especially program attendance. East Grand Forks is one of only six libraries in Minnesota to earn such a distinction from the journal. According to the journal:
LJ Index scores and star ratings are based on data reported annually by public libraries to their state library agencies and compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Star libraries are identified within their “peer group” as the top in their category. For East Grand Forks, that means that the library’s output measures rank among the Top 30 in the nation for libraries with expenditures between $200,000-$399,999 (Fiscal Year 2011).
Sometimes, our “Minnesota nice” attitude interferes with our ability to properly recognize our achievements. Our City should be extremely proud of our commitment to the local gem that we have in the library. Our resources are widely used by residents on both sides of the river and throughout the region. And, our programming is stellar, often with waiting lists. Director Charlotte Helgeson and the whole staff deserve widespread praise for their commitment to our City. And, the Friends of the Library and the citizens of East Grand Forks also deserve our gratitude for their commitment to maintaining a top-notch organization.
And, speaking of Library programs, Santa arrives at the Library this Thursday evening, December 6.