New Woodstock, Caz libraries top state rankings

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."

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