Sacramento Public Library
is proud to announce that we are one of three top libraries recognized by Library Journal
This distinction came as part of the 2013 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year
competition. Top honors went to Maryland’s Howard County Library System
. Sacramento Public Library and New Jersey’s Orange County Library were recognized as the two “Special Mention” runners-up. The top award is given each year to one of the 21,000 public and academic libraries in North America.
According to Library Journal, the award recognizes “innovation and excellence,” and the Sacramento and Orange Libraries displayed a “service philosophy and dedication to community.” The winners were chosen by an eight-member panel, including other former national award winners.
The Sacramento Public Library, despite budget reductions, has successfully rolled out many innovative programs in recent years, including:
The Design Spot at the Arcade Library, where students and others can learn to use professional AutoCAD software and create their designs on a 3D printer.
The I Street Press, our in-house publishing arm. We publish books of local interest, and allow others to order books or self-publish at affordable rates using our print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine.
Our many educational programs and partnerships. These include 916 Ink, an organization that offers writing workshops and mentoring for kids and teens in our libraries, and our adult literacy program. One person who found adult literacy services through the Sacramento Public Library, Army veteran Steve Tafoya, is profiled on our website.