Philmont Public Library ranked 5-star

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Karen and Renee are looking for the 5th star–we know it around here somewhere!!

The results of the eighth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service (LJI) are in, and the Philmont Public Library is ranked in the top 258 libraries in the United States, earning a 5-Star Award. The Philmont Public Library is in a unique position, having received “star” recognition in each of the eight years the journal has published the rankings.  This puts Philmont with only 80 other libraries nationally.

The Library Journal uses a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the services they deliver their patrons by circulation, program attendance, use of public computer terminals and attendance. The library provides these programs and services while having one of the lowest operating budgets in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The library also recently built the Dorothy (Dot) Bowes Pavilion behind the library using donations and fundraising, which has boosted program attendance at movies and outdoor programs.

Karen Garafalo, director at Philmont for the last nine years, is “thrilled at receiving the honor again this year. We have a great community who support and make use of the library. We are continually trying to adapt to the changing needs of libraries. Our patrons and staff  help make our library a star library.”