Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library has received a five-star rating for the fifth year in a row.

We're five for five! For the fifth year in a row, Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library has received a five-star rating, the highest of Library Journal's national public library ratings. We are one of only 30 libraries across the country to have received this distinction for all five years that Library Journal has named Star Libraries.

Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library, St. John, KS, earned the highest rating – 5 Stars – in a national ranking released by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. For the fifth year in a row, they are one of America’s Star Libraries. Only 1.1% of public libraries in the nation were given this distinctive 5-star rating. The top libraries in each category—grouped by operating expenditures—get five-, four-, and three-star ratings. The ratings were determined by four reliable statistics that libraries provide to their states to illustrate how each library is used in these service areas:

How many times a year did the average person take out a book, audiobook, DVD or other item from the library?

How many times did they come to the library?

How many times did they attend a program?

How often did they use a public-access computer?

“What is so thrilling is that our library received the five star rating based on what services a library delivers to its users,” says Christie Snyder, library director of ILGML, where she has worked since 1991. “We are very proud to be one of thirty libraries across the nation to receive the notable 5-star rating.

“It’s a tribute to the enduring commitment of the library board, our outstanding staff, and the residents who value and visit the library. Our community depends on us more than ever for everything from free entertainment with books and DVDs and fun programs, to more crucial things like access to the Internet and free computer classes. This rating encourages our passion for providing customer service that strives to add value to the lives of our residents.”

Congratulations to the other 20 Kansas libraries who received Star Awards including area libraries: Ellinwood School Community Library, Sterling Free Public Library, and Nora E. Larabee Memorial Library.