VAN WERT - Most residents of Van Wert County realize the area indeed has a treasure called the Brumback Library. The nation knows it too.
For the second straight year, the Brumback Library has been recognized as one of America's Star Libraries by Library Jounal, a prestigious publication founded by Melvil Dewey. The designation was awarded to only 262 public libraries this year, just 36 of those in the state of Ohio.In 2012, the Brumback Library was 18th in the United States and 3rd in Ohio in comparison to libraries with similar budgets and funding levels. This year, Van Wert County's historic literary home earned a four-star ranking compared to a three-star designation in 2011.
"These ratings clearly demonstrate that the resources, services, and programming efforts that the Brumback Library provides are well utilized by Van Wert County residents of all ages," noted Brumback Library Director John Carr.
The rankings from Library Journal is similar to Hennen's American Public Library Ratings Index, a resource that has consistently counted the Brumback Library in the top ten percent of public libraries across the country.
The rankings are based on a formula that includes total library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet usage rate. The projected circulation for the Brumback Library in 2012 is expected to pass the 700,000 mark.
In its expenditure range of between $400,000-$999,999, the Brumback Library is one of four Ohio libraries to receive a star rating. The Harbor-Topky Memorial Library of Ashtabula Harbor also received a four-star rating, while both the Orrville Public Library in Orrville and the Columbiana Public Library in Columbiana were given three-star rankings.
With a Main Library in Van Wert and five branch facilities located in Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire, and Wren, the Brumback Library offers a collection of print and non-print resources which exceeds 220,000 items. Marking its 111th anniversary this year, the library remains a relevant resource and community treasure offering printed books, e-books, books on CD, wireless access Internet workstations, and a wide array of materials for all ages.