by John Stoehr
The Lowcountry is now home to a star library. The Charleston County Public Library was named one of the best libraries in the nation when compared to over 7,000 other public libraries across the country by Library Journal.
Being named a "star" library puts the CCPL in the top 3 percent of America. This year showed double and triple digit growth for the library over five years with circulation reaching 3.42 million, over 2 million patron visits, and nearly 1.93 million reference questions answered. More than 4,700 programs at 16 locations, like Gallery Art Exhibits, book readings, and signings, and computer classes, drew in 147,500 Charlestonians.
With numbers like these, it's now wonder a 2007 study by the S.C. State Library found the CCPL was the busiest system in S.C. This month the state/county libraries are teaming up for a Why I Love My Library campaign to go along with National Library Week and Library Worker's day.
For more information, check out www.ccpl.org. —Candice Summers