Hoover and Homewood Libraries earn national “Star Library” distinction

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Taken in 2018, staff at the Hoover Public Library show excitement. Photo via Hoover Public Library.

Bookworms rejoice!

This week the nationally prestigious Library Journal named both the Hoover and Homewood Public Libraries as a “Star Library” for 2020.

Out of the 5,608 qualified libraries nationwide, the metro Birmingham libraries were two of 262 chosen to receive this distinction. Only eleven libraries in the Southeast received this designation, six coming from Alabama.

For 13 years  the Library Journal has awarded Star Library ratings. The awardees are judged on several measurements including: 

  • Physical circulation
  • Library visits
  • Program attendance
  • Wi-Fi sessions
  • Public internet computer users

“It’s been a challenging year.  So to be recognized for doing something right is extra special during this time,” said Hoover Public Library Director, Amanda Borden in the city of Hoover’s January 8, 2021 Weekly Update

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“The Reader” at the Hoover Public Library. Photo via Facebook.

“Every day, patrons tell us what the library means to them.  But to be recognized nationally is a special honor.  We could not do it without the financial support from the City and the citizens using our services to suit their lifestyle.  It’s because of that relationship and working together that we’re about to do something bright for the community.”


The other Alabama Star Libraries came from small towns throughout the state.

Alabama’s four honorees are from Flomaton, Rogersville, Summerdale and Bayou La Batre.

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Big readers do big things. Photo via Birmingham Public Library’s Facebook page

The COVID-19 global pandemic has been hard on our local libraries. This past fall the city of Birmingham experienced some financial difficulties and lay-offs for example. With many schools requiring virtual learning, our neighborhood libraries are more vital than ever.

Check out online the Birmingham Public Library, Hoover Public Library and Homewood Public Library today.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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