May 12, 2010 Doug Campbell Uncategorized
New Woodstock library ranked first for its size, Cazenovia third
Cazenovia and New Woodstock residents already knew their libraries were great, but now they have numbers to prove it.
The New Woodstock Free Library has been ranked first in the state for a library its size, and the Cazenovia Public Library has been ranked third for its population size according to Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings for 2010. Hennen uses statistics gathered from annual reports to rank libraries by population. Included are circulation statistics, visits, budget and staff.
At the New Woodstock Free Library, Norm Parry, Library Director, attributes the library’s success to “a remarkable community of volunteers, loyal patrons, and personal service.”
“While we have all the features of a full service, modern library — wireless Internet, best seller titles in book, CD, MP3 and DVD format, a year-round children’s program, cultural exhibits, and educational programs — it is this library’s ability to provide each individual with whatever he or she is looking for in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere that makes the crucial difference,” he said.
“As the library grew to gain national prominence among small, rural libraries, thanks to our staff and volunteers, we never lost the attitude and care of a small town service,” Parry said. “The people of New Woodstock may be proud that their library ranks among the best in the state and nation, because they made it so with their generosity and sustained support.”
Betsy Kennedy, Director at the Cazenovia Public Library, agrees.
“Everyone should be proud of our libraries. We know that the continued support of the voters each May allows us to remain a vital part of our communities and to provide everyone with the very best in public library services,” she said.
“I want to also thank our staff and many volunteers,” said Kennedy. “They make our library an inviting place where customer service comes first.”
“Visitors are always busy here,” added Kennedy. “Some are sitting at tables with their laptops using wireless while others are searching and e-mailing using the public computers. Families are at story times, researchers are in the archives, and numerous organizations are busy in the community room. In the reference area, tutors and students are at work or someone is simply enjoying a newspaper in the front room.
Still others gaze at the unique exhibits in the art gallery and museum. And, oh yes, we have people borrowing books, movies, music, and magazines, too.”
For more information on the New Woodstock Free Library, call 662-3134 or visit midyork.org/newwoodstock. For more information about the Cazenovia Public Library, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.