THUMBS UP: In an age of prolific smartphones, tablet devices and fast-speed internet, it might be easy to overlook our local library system. But that would be a mistake. A national publication that reviews library services recently named Carroll County Public Library as among the best in the nation. CCPL has been named a four-star library for the second year in a row, a rating that only 31 other library systems in the country received in consecutive years. Only 261 merited a star rating of three, four or five stars. Andrea Berstler, executive director of CCPL, provided several reasons she sees for such an honor: “We have found a really good balance between these very strong literacy and education programs that people expect from the library, and some of these newer tech education and tech integration programs that people go, ‘Oh, I didn’t know the library did that.’ And it keeps it exciting.” She also noted that CCPL tops the state in circulation per capita, and she described the staff as “one of the most dedicated passionate staff across the state." What’s not to love? Go visit — or rediscover — your local library branch next chance you get. Not all are so lucky as to have a library system like we do.