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Grimes Public Library is Accredited

Posted July 24, 2013 in Community Blogs, Grimes

Iowa Library Services has announced that the Grimes Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Fifth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation required a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services.  Of Iowa’s 544 libraries, 348 – including the Grimes Public Library – are accredited.  The Grimes Public Library has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities.  The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2016.

Iowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services.  More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards.  Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities.  Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.

Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program.  They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, State Librarian Mary Wegner, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Dan Boice.

Said Wegner: “The director and the board of trustees of the Grimes Public Library and the city of Grimes are to be commended for their achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community.”

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