The Avalon Free Public Library (AFPL) has been recognized as one of the nation’s top libraries for the eighth time since 2009 by Library Journal. The LJ Index of Public Library Service, featured in its November 2015 edition, listed the Avalon Free Public Library with the 5-star rating, along with Mercer County Library and Bernardsville Public Library from New Jersey. Others in the state receiving designation included Princeton Public Library with 4 stars and Somerset County Library and Ocean City Free Public Library with 3 stars. For a full list of the results, check out Library Journal’s website.
The LJ Index of Public Library Services reviews data collected from local libraries annually by state library agencies and reported by the federal institute of Museum and Library Services. The data reviewed includes four per capita output measures that indicate public service through circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet terminal use. Director Norman Gluckman had this to say about the 5-star rating, “One of the largest contributory factors to our success is a well-trained staff committed to good customer service. Certainly, the guidance and support we receive from the Library Board of Trustees, the school district, the Borough, the Friends of the Library, Historical Society, and our patrons has also helped the library to successfully respond to the needs of the community.
The Avalon Library is located at 235 32nd Street and provides free and open access to first class collections, services and programs that inspire inform and enrich the community. For more information on all library programs, please visit the library website at www.avalonfreelibrary.org.