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Bibliophiles who think only big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Washington, DC and others are the best when it comes to books have a little surprise in store.
Some of the country’s most book-friendly cities aren’t what many expect.
A new study from rent.com has ranked America’s best cities for book lovers based on the offerings of each of the 116,867 libraries in the United States today.
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Additionally, the best cities in this survey also have their own unique literary characteristics.
Bookworms might want to “read” these cities up close – or discover them on a road trip this spring or summer.
Worthington, Ohio, was ranked no. 1 most bookish city in the United States, according to this survey.
The small northern suburb of Columbus is known for its superb library system, consisting of three locations – Northwest, Old Worthington and Worthington Park Libraries.
In an average year, Worthington libraries circulate more than four million items, making it the ninth-highest circulation system in Ohio, reports rent.com.
“We serve a community of avid readers and library supporters.”
“We were delighted to learn of this designation! Director of Community Engagement Lisa Fuller shared with Fox News Digital in an email.
“We serve a community of avid readers and library supporters.”
“Our buildings are buzzing with activity as we prepare for the start of the annual Summer Reading Club,” she also said.
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Worthington Libraries offer a range of services, including a summer movie series, used book sales and author-focused events and appearances – including one by the author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Margaret Atwood scheduled for June 15, 2022.
Ann Arbor, MI
The city of Ann Arbor, in Michigan’s lower peninsula, is ranked the second-best city for book lovers, according to the new study; it has one of the best library systems in America.
Home to the University of Michigan’s world-renowned research program, Ann Arbor’s library system — made up of five distinct branches — has a total circulation of 6,907,09 items, according to rent.com.
It offers year-round entertainment for adults and children.
Downtown Ann Arbor is home to several quaint local bookstores, including Dawn Treader and West Side Bookstores, specializing in rare and used selections.
Ann Arbor also hosts several book festivals, such as the annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, for all bibliophiles – sellers and readers – to congregate.google t
The three-story Literati bookstore, founded by a Brooklyn couple, seeks to spread the love of books.
Ann Arbor also hosts several book festivals, such as the annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, for all bibliophiles – sellers and readers.
This city came third for its extraordinary Provo Public Library housed in the former Brigham Young Academy building, according to the new study.
Founded in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Provo City Library boasts ornate architecture – which gives the library an extravagant feel after $5.8 million was spent on renovation efforts and preservation in 1997.
The library with 1,589,375 in total circulation offers exhibition space and an art gallery, as well as several large spaces. These include a ballroom, which is available for booking.
Library director Gene Nelson confirmed in an email that Provo’s population is made up of “many” book lovers, all starting with the younger generation.
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“Our primary goal of producing and offering 30 hours of regular weekly storytelling for children is to encourage a love of books, reading and the library,” he wrote.
“About 50% of our total circulation comes from our children’s library.”
Independent Provo bookstores such as Pioneer Book and Eborn Books have also been hailed as community favorites for their wide variety of rare and general interest selections.
Hoover, Alabama landed in fourth place for its library which is more than that.
The Hoover Public Library lives up to its motto, “We are more than a library”, with its unique offerings. These include a professional theater that hosts live performances; a technological training center; family activities; and a coffee.
Library director Amanda Borden told Fox News Digital that Hoover residents know they have a “very special library” in their community. She said the library’s success is due to its commitment to public service.
“From choosing books to planning programs to hiring staff, everything we do is centered around customer service,” she said. “We often say, ‘We love books, but we LOVE people.'”
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“We’re very focused on the future and looking at ways to keep our library relevant,” she continued. “Our culture is one of innovation, creativity, exploration and saying ‘YES’ whenever we can.”
With a total circulation of 1,650,847, the library just south of Birmingham brings it all home with free ‘Love on the Plaza’ music events and game nights.
In the western suburbs of Chicago, Naperville, Illinois is known for its reputable schools and competitive library system.
The Naperville system, comprised of Nichols, 95th Street and Naper Boulevard libraries, has taken the unique approach of eliminating overdue fines on library books and other media.
The library says on its website that the lax system has given customers “increased flexibility” and better customer service.
With a total circulation of 3,905,798 items, patrons have saved a total of $9,967,242 so far this year by checking out items instead of buying them, according to the Naperville Library.
The bookstore is known for hosting authors from all over the world.
But Naperville is also known for the popular Anderson Bookstore, which has been selling books independently since 1875. It was named Small Business of the Year by the Naperville Chamber of Commerce in 2010.
Along with other awards and accolades, the bookstore is known for hosting authors from around the world.
Ginny Wehrli-Hemmeter, director of events and marketing at Anderson’s, told Fox News Digital how much the family bookstore means to the community.
“We are truly part of Naperville history,” she said.
“The kind of community we represent in our bookstore is important to us, so we’re proud of that.”
“We’ve had several generations of people growing up at Anderson to find their next great read.”
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“Community matters to us,” she added.
“So many of us work here, live here, grow here… The kind of community we represent in our bookstore is important to us, so we’re proud of that,” she said.