Story last updated at 11/28/2012 - 3:16 pm
Five public libraries in Alaska - Unalaska, Haines, Seward, Homer and Petersburg - have been designated as Star Libraries by the industry's leading periodical, Library Journal. Just 262 libraries in the country won stars for their service this year; 87 public libraries in Alaska and 9,225 public libraries in the United States were reviewed for this honor.
Circulation per capita, library visits per capita, program attendance per capita and public Internet terminal usage per capita were evaluated and compared, based on expenditure categories. Unalaska, Haines, Seward, and Homer were in the group with expenditures ranging from $400,000 to $999,000 per year, while Petersburg was in the group with expenditures ranging from $200,000 to $399,000 per year.
State Librarian Linda Thibodeau said, "Unalaska, Haines, and Seward have been listed as Star Libraries for all five years in which these ratings have been published, an honor which only 108 other libraries nationwide can claim. Petersburg has received this honor three times and Homer has been starred twice. These high per capita numbers show extraordinary local library usage. It is clear that Alaska residents use and value their local public libraries. The State Library is pleased to congratulate these libraries and thank each library staff member for the work they do in these communities."