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Bibliophiles who believe that only major cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Washington, DC and others are top when it comes to books have a little surprise in store.
Some of the country’s most book-friendly cities are not what many expect.
A new survey from rent.com ranked the best U.S. cities for book lovers based on the offerings from each of the 116,867 libraries in the United States right now.
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In addition, the top cities in this study also have their own unique literary characteristics.
Bookworms might want to give these towns a closer “reading” – or check them out during a road trip this spring or summer.
Worthington, Ohio, was ranked as the No. 1 most book city in the United States according to this study.
The small northern Columbus suburb is known for its excellent library system, consisting of three locations – Northwest, Old Worthington and Worthington Park Libraries.
In an average year, Worthington libraries circulate more than four million objects, making this the ninth highest circulating system in Ohio, rent.com reports.
“We serve a community of avid readers and library followers.”
“We were happy to hear about 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 followers.”
“Our buildings are teeming with activity as we prepare for the start of the annual summer reading club,” she also said.
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Worthington’s libraries offer a range of services, including a summer film series, sales of used books and author-focused events and performances – including one by “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, scheduled for June 15, 2022.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michigan’s lower peninsula city Ann Arbor ranked as 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 – consisting of five separate branches – has a total circulation of 6,907.09 items, according to rent.com.
It offers year-round events for adults and children.
Downtown Ann Arbor is home to several quaint, locally owned bookstores, including the Dawn Treader and West Side bookstores, which specialize in used and rare selections.
Ann Arbor also hosts several book festivals, such as the annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, for all bibliophiles – sellers and readers – to collect.google t
The three-story Literati bookstore, founded by a Brooklyn couple, seeks to spread book love.
Ann Arbor also hosts several book festivals, such as the annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, for all bibliophiles – both sellers and readers.
This city came in third place for its extraordinary Provo City Library located in the former Brigham Young Academy building, the new study said.
Founded in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Provo City Library boasts ornate architecture – giving the library an extravagant feel after $ 5.8 million was spent on renovations and conservation efforts in 1997.
The library with 1,589,375 in total circulation offers an exhibition space and art gallery as well as several large spaces. These include a ballroom which is available for reservation.
Library Director Gene Nelson confirmed in an email that the Provo population consists of “a lot” of book lovers, all starting with the youngest generation.
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“Our primary goal in producing and offering 30 regular scheduled children’s storytimes a week is to encourage the love of books, reading and the library,” he wrote.
“About 50% of our total circulation comes from our children’s library.”
Independently owned Provo bookstores such as Pioneer Book and Eborn Books have also been praised as community favorites for their wide range of rare and general selections.
Hoover, Alabama, landed in fourth place for its library, which is more than just that.
The Hoover Public Library lives up to its motto, “We are more than a library,” with its unique offering. These include a professional theater that hosts live performances; a technology training center; family activities; and a café.
Library Director Amanda Borden told Fox News Digital that Hoover’s residents know they have a “very special library” as part of their community. She said the library’s success is due to its commitment to public service.
“From choosing books to scheduling programs to hiring staff, everything we do is centered around customer service,” she said. “We say it a lot: ‘We like books, but we LOVE people’.”
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“We are very focused on the future and on finding 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 Chicago’s western suburbs, Naperville, Illinois, is praised for its acclaimed schools and competitive library system.
The Naperville system, made up 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 claims on its website that the relaxed system has given customers the opportunity to experience “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, says the Naperville Library.
The bookstore is known for hosting authors from all over the world.
But Naperville is also known for the popular Anderson’s Bookshop, which has been selling books independently since 1875. In 2010, it was named the Naperville Chamber of Commerce’s small business of the year.
Along with other awards and recognitions, the bookstore is known for hosting authors from all over the world.
Ginny Wehrli-Hemmeter, director of events and marketing at Anderson’s, told Fox News Digital how much the family-owned bookstore means to society.
“We’re very much part of Naperville’s history,” she said.
“It matters to us what kind of community we represent in our bookstore. So we’re proud of that.”
“We’ve had several generations of people growing up going to Andersons to find their next good read.”
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“Community means something to us,” she added.
“So many of us who work here, live here, grew up here … It matters to us what kind of community we represent in our bookstore. So we’re proud of that,” she said.