The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently nominated 15 exemplary libraries for National Medals for their service to their communities. In its 20th year, the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on libraries and museums, and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
This year’s honorees will come from a variety of library and museum institutions, including public libraries, cultural library centers and multiple county library systems.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/USIMLS.
National Medal nominees include:
- Pima County Public Library (Tucson, Ariz.)
- Los Angeles Public Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Sacramento Public Library (Sacramento, Calif.)
- Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)
- Otis Library (Norwich, Conn.)
- Athens-Clarke County Library (Athens, Ga.)
- Chicago Public Library (Chicago, Ill.)
- Booth Library (Eastern Illinois University) (Charleston, Ill.)
- Cecil County Public Library (Elkton, Md.)
- Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, Mass.)
- Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, Mo.)
- Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (Las Vegas, Nev.)
- Octavia Fellin Public Library (Gallup, N.M.)
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (New York, N.Y.)
- Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (Honey Grove, Texas)