On December 4, the Trustees, Friends, and staff of the Truro Public Library learned that the Library was awarded five stars by the 2017 LJ
Index of Public Library Service. After two years achieving a four-star designation, we are thrilled to join Outer Cape libraries in Provincetown and Wellfleet as five-star libraries. Nationwide in 2017, 259 public libraries were awarded three, four, or five–Star designations; of 12 “star” libraries in Massachusetts, ten are on Cape Cod. Library Journal’s
Index of Public Library Service has produced its edition “Star Library Ratings” for ten years. From 2009–2015, they relied on four measures—circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use—to award stars, and in 2016, circulation of electronic materials became a fifth statistic. LJ
Index scores are produced by measuring the proportional relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category. Our neighbor, the Wellfleet Library, received an additional reward for earning a five-Star rating for ten years in a row—they are an All-Time, All Star Library! We thank our community, permanent and part-time, for its enthusiastic use of the Truro Public Library, making us an important and thriving local resource. You can find the 2017 LJ
Index of Public Library Service and many details about it here.