WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library has earned Five-Star Library status from Library Journal, the nation’s premier publication for libraries.
The annual ranking is a reflection of how a public library is used by its community. Only 3.5 percent of public libraries received Star Library status and less than 1 percent earned 5 stars.
"This ranking is a direct reflection of the intellectual curiosity Westport is famous for,” Library Director Maxine Bleiweis said in a statement.
“A community of people who seek out information, expand their horizons and learn with others equals a vibrant place to live. Our challenge will be to remain strong during a time of 21st century learning as we go forward," she added.
Westport ranked second in the $5 million to $9.9 million budget category, with Greenwich coming in sixth.
The Journal measures libraries on a per capita basis on how many times they are visited each year, how many people attend programs, the number of sessions logged on library computers and how many items are borrowed.
The data is collected from local libraries annually by state library agencies and compiled nationally by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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