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The Westport Library Earns Prestigious Five-Star Status from LIBRARY JOURNAL

December 6, 2017

The Westport Library is pleased to announce that for the third straight year it has earned Five-Star Library status from Library Journal, the nation’s premier publication for libraries. This annual ranking is a reflection of how a public library is used by its community. Less than 1 percent of the nation’s 9100 public libraries received Five- Star status.

The star rating is determined by ranking 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 area collected from local libraries annually by state library agencies and compiled nationally by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“Each day more than 1,000 people walk through our doors. Each year we host nearly 2,000 programs for the community, most free of charge. And every year thousands and thousands of items circulate through our Library and out to the community,” said Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer. “Beyond these numbers is the story of the community we strive to build and support here in Westport every day - from the child getting their first Library card, to people enjoying our author talks or music series, to the small business owners meeting in the Library Café or the makers learning to 3-D print. This award is a welcome recognition of the Library team’s work and it is a great honor to be designated again this year.”