The Lakewood Public Library has returned to the top ranking (pdf) of American libraries in its class. And, it scored #2 among all libraries in Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings for 2006.

It is my favorite library.

I like what the publisher of The Lakewood Observer wrote on the LO forum after hearing the news.

What has become more amazing to me is how each member of your staff also that his rare ability to reach out, make contact and touch people lives. Kids, adults, teens, young, old, rich poor, you and your staff have created one of the finest public institutions, I have ever witnessed.

When I first met you I loved your talk about how a library must be the home of public knowledge. That it is your mission to not just answer questions with answers you like, but to give them background on all sides so that they can make the decision that is best for them. Again, your staff does this nearly as well as you do.

There’s a lot I could say about the feel of this library, but I will echo Jim’s highlighting the human touch in the staff/patron interface. There’s no library like it.

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