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For Immediate Release: March 18, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Three South Dakota libraries earn "Stars" for service

Three of South Dakota’s public libraries earned “Stars” from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2009. Centerville Community Library garnered the highest ranking of five stars. The Faulk County Library earned four stars, and the Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library in De Smet earned three stars.

The number of star-rated libraries nationwide was only 256, and South Dakota’s three award-winners were a comparatively high result for a low-population state, according to South Dakota’s State Librarian Dan Siebersma.

“These were libraries that offer a wide variety of services and programming, and they are greatly used,” Siebersma said. “South Dakota has many excellent local libraries, and we’re delighted that these three have been recognized by the Library Journal as ‘Star’ libraries. Our citizens have long recognized the value of strong local libraries, and should be proud of the quality of library services available throughout the state.”

The index is based on 2006 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The data consists of public library service output only and is determined equally by four related per-capita indicators: visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. Libraries are scored in relation to other peer libraries based on total operating expenditures rather than on community population.