Library Journal, the esteemed library magazine devoted to handing out stars to libraries, has given the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan five stars, rating it the fifth best library district in the country. Conversely, the popular review site Yelp! has given the Detroit Public Library, disputed rivals to the Ann Arbor libraries, four stars based on user reviews.
In a press release, the Ann Arbor library director Josie Parker had this to say:
“These numbers are the evidence that you and your neighbors are coming in to attend storytimes, meet with tutors, use the assistive technology lab, speak at public meetings, visit an exhibit of local art, use a room for a neighborhood association meeting, meet an author, compete in a Lego contest, make something, or sit quietly before a fireplace and knit. These numbers tell us that you are using the computers at the library either out of necessity or convenience to search and apply for jobs, for college admissions, to register for the Affordable Care Act, or to keep up with friends and family on Facebook, and you are borrowing materials at a rate per capita that is astounding and outstanding."
In a random review of the Detroit Library on Yelp!, Athena K says:
"I refuse to succumb to the pressure. I will not give this place five stars just because everyone else does. Yes, the architecture/art/building is beautiful, but from the perspective of an adult patron the library leaves something to be desired. When I'm going to the library I'm interested in reading books. For that I need to be able to find the books. Then I need a chair and some light. If I'm getting a book for school then I'd prefer having access to a table chair and outlet.... And some light."
So there you have it, folks. Michigan has libraries with stars.