Charleston library ranked a top-tier system

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Update April 28: The Post and Courier has penned a piece about the award and just why the local library is so great. Go take a peak.

First reporting:

The Charleston County Public Library has been ranked in the top 3% of all public libraries by the Library Journal.

Here's a bit more about the award from a press release

Library Journal, the oldest and most respected publication in the field, named CCPL a “star” library, putting it in the top 3 percent of library systems throughout the country. This first-ever service comparison clusters libraries with similar operating budgets then rates the libraries in four main categories: number of visitors, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.  

“We’re a community resource, not a vault with books that are kept under lock and key. From computer training and entertainment events to homework help and finding the most recent book or DVD, libraries provide residents with essential services and information,” said Cynthia Bledsoe, Acting Director. “Library Journal’s star rating is a reflection of how Charleston County residents have embraced the library and understand its importance as a vital cornerstone in the community. We’re proud of our rating and of the support from our community.” 

The downtown library is located at 68 Calhoun Street, and is open Monday to Thursday from 9 to 9; Friday and Saturday from 9 to 6; and Sunday from 2 to 5. -- The library system also maintains many branches.

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