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NPR library turns another page with national ranking

NEW PORT RICHEY — The only library in Florida to earn the designation, the New Port Richey Public Library has received four stars in the 2013 Index of Public Library Service published by Library Journal.

The trade publication with a nationwide circulation of 100,000 rates libraries on circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet use on public computers.

The city library amassed circulation at 22.73 per capita in its service area, meaning that 22.73 items were circulated for every resident, Director Susan Dillinger explained in a press release.

Visits per capita averaged 34.33, program attendance averaged 1.26, and public computer use came in at 2.82 per capita.

“It is still just as our founding fathers intended when public libraries were established as the ‘people’s university,’ ” Dillinger said. “For many members, we’ve become the one-stop for access to government services, educational classes and great cultural programming. We are always busy, and assist our community with economic vitalization.”

Associate Director Ann Scott adds, “Our community depends on us more than ever for everything from informational and educational materials to access to the Internet, employment and business resources, technological guidance, and facilities for important community events like theatrical productions, musical performances and forums on topics ranging from health care to community gardening.”

The local library was the only one in Florida to earn Star Awards. The entire report is available at the Library Journal website,

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