The Avalon Free Public Library (AFPL) has been listed for the third time since 2009 as one of the country’s top libraries by Library Journal (LJ). In the October 1st edition of Library Journal, the LJ Index of Public Library Service rated AFPL as 5 Stars on the basis of statistical performance data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in 2008.
Two hundred fifty-eight libraries out of a total of 7,407 received 3, 4 and 5 star ratings. In addition to the Avalon Library, the New Jersey star rating recipients include Mercer County Library (in Lawrenceville) and Bernardsville Public Library, each with 5 stars, Princeton Public Library and Ocean County Public Library with 4 stars and Summerset County Library (in Bridgewater) with 3 stars.
The LJ Index of Public Library Services reviews four per capita output measures that indicate public service- circulation, visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. Information about the survey can be found at http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/articlereview/886935-457/americas_star_libraries_2010_top-rated.html.csp.