Centralia Public Library Wins Second Straight Award
CENTRALIA - While it's quiet inside Centralia Public Library, the library's readers and staff have something to shout about. The library received its second consecutive four-star rating from the Library Journal. Two libraries in the entire state of Missouri received the honors.
"It's a huge honor because it's not something you apply for," said Library Director Patt Olsen.
Readers think this place is better than others.
"It's very comfortable," said Daniel De La Rosa. "I find it really easy to work here."
The Journal looked at 7,407 libraries across the United States before handing out stars to 258 of them. Ohio has the most star libraries at 36, and New York has the second most with 35. Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, North Dakota, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Hawaii all have no star libraries. The other Missouri library to receive a star was the Kansas City Public Library.
A library can receive a three, four, or five star mark depending on what the library offers. Characteristics taken into consideration included technical capabilities, friendliness, and outreach programs, among other things.
Even though the Centralia Library is buzzing, Olsen still thinks work can be done for improvement.
"I would love to expand," said Olsen. "That's something that we are considering."
Centralia will go for its third straight star next year.