Professional Development

South Dakota Star-Rated Public Libraries

Library Journal’s new national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service, identifies 256 "star" libraries. Created by Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance, it rates 7,115 public libraries. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three Michelin guide-like stars. All included libraries, stars or not, can use their scores to learn from their peers and improve service to their communities.

South Dakota is honored to have three star-rated public libraries. The libraries are Centerville Community Library, Faulk County Library, and Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library, DeSmet.

We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight one of South Dakota’s star-rated public libraries.


Centerville Community Library

by Joan Upell

The moment I enter the building it is obvious that there is always something going on at the Centerville Community Library. Librarians Linda Holmberg and Mary Ferwerda excitedly talk about the honor of being named a five star library by Library Journal as patrons check out books, work on the computer, read in the teen area, and zoom in on toy tractors in celebration of FFA Week. And they say they are sorry I stopped in to visit on such a quiet day!

Centerville Community Library is one of America’s Star Libraries according to Library Journal’s new Index of Public Library Service. Star libraries were named based on statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use in relation to the library’s total operating expenditures. For the complete article announcing America’s Star Libraries go to

The Centerville Community Library is a combined school and public library serving a K-12 student population of 263 and a community population of 900. Centerville School Superintendent Doug Voss says the community is honored, but not too surprised by this news as Linda and Mary do a great job and deserve recognition for all of their hard work. Both librarians have lived in Centerville their entire lives and feel that they are very lucky to have such a supportive and generous community. As an example they pointed out the huge success of the Holiday Home Tour program the library sponsors each December. This involves free entertainment, a silent auction, a tour of five or six local homes, and begins at the library. They were able to have author Keri Kay of Floppy Cat fame as a tie-in visit for the children this past year.

Read more about the Centerville Community Library in Centerville Community Library, SD: Taking Advantage of a Combined System at

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