Dear readers, despite the return of the polar vortex,
yesterday was an exciting day for Chicago! Yes, it’s cold, but we got some great news that warmed our hearts: our very own Chicago Public Library has been named the #1 library in the country and #3 in the world!
I’ve only actually been to this particular library once, when I waited in a line with thousands of fans to see Neil Gaiman for the “One Book, One Chicago” event celebrating the citywide reading of Neverwhere, in spring 2011. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually make it in to see him–fire codes or some such formality. (Someday, Neil…) I suppose it was good they followed safety rules, which I’m sure contributes to their high ranking, but I drowned my sorrows in buying a copy of all of the books he’d autographed. Plus, I got to explore the beautiful, historical library (est. in 1873).
Please read on to see WGNtv.com’s coverage of the award. Stay warm and well-read, dear readers! ❤
An international honor for the Chicago Public Library system.
A new study ranks CPL as the number one urban library in the United States, and number three in the world.
The rankings were released by the Heinrich Heine University in Germany.
Researchers studied the core services of libraries worldwide.
The CPL includes the Harold Washington Library Center two regional libraries and more than 70-neighborhood branches.