SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library is one of six public libraries in Maine to be honored in a “Library Journal” Index of Public Library Service report. The library earned five stars for the sixth year in a row.
The index is a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America’s public libraries. It draws from statistics recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In 2016, 7,349 public libraries qualified to be rated in the “Library Journal” index.
To qualify, libraries must meet the IMLS definition of a public library, have a population service area with at least 1,000, have a total operating expenditure of at least $10,000 and file an annual report to the state library.
“This is a wonderful tribute to our library community,” said Candy Emlen, director of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, “especially coming from such a highly respected publication like the ‘Library Journal.’ Thank you patrons, supporters, volunteers and staff. This is very exciting.”