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Toledo Public Library has received State Library of Iowa Accreditation

July 18, 2019
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES-The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Toledo Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in "In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition."

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. The Toledo 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, 2022.

"The director, staff and board of trustees of the Toledo Library and the City of Toledo are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community," said State Librarian Michael Scott.

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Of Iowa's 543 public libraries, 377 including the Toledo Public Library are accredited. 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 the State Library's Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, State Librarian Michael Scott, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Sarah Latcham.

For more information on the State Library's accreditation program, and to view the Public Library Standards, go to

About the Toledo Public Library

The Toledo Public Library is governed by a five-member board of trustees.

Current trustees are Rebecca Chyma, Kevin Nelson, Steve Bearden, Kathy Holtz and Erin Gumm. Library trustees are volunteer positions that serve a six-year term.

Current Toledo Library staff positions are held by Mary Brandt, Library Assistant, Sheri McFate, Assistant Director and Jenny Bledsoe, Director.

The library's mission is "to provide free and equal access to a variety of materials and resources for personal enrichment and to be an advocate in the community for lifelong learning."

About the State Library of Iowa

The State Library of Iowa actively champions libraries. Our two roles are improving library services in Iowa and delivering specialized information services to state government and to Iowans.



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