For the fourth consecutive year, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System received the Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries Award. This year, EBRPL is the only library in the state honored with the Journal’s 5 Stars rating.

“We are delighted to be named one of America’s Star Libraries for 2015 and are eager to share this honor and all it recognizes in services, programs and collections with our real stars — our library patrons,” said Kizzy Payton, president of the EBRPL Board of Control.

Only 85 library systems, or 1.1 percent of the nation, earned 5 stars this year out of a review of 7,663 public libraries being scored for the main award, a news release said.

“It’s great to hear from our customers and our peers in libraries across the nation that we are getting it right in promoting lifelong learning while engaging and inspiring the public,” Kizzy said.

The Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service compares U.S. public libraries with their budgeting peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance and public Internet computer use.

“This is a tribute to the hard work and innovative spirit of our staff, the strategic planning and leadership of the Library Board of Control, the continuing collaboration and assistance of the Mayor’s Office and the Metro Council and the enthusiastic support of our community,” EBRPL Director Spencer Watts said.