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US National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners announced

In the US, five libraries have been announced as recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, alongside five museum services. Presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the award is ‘the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities’.

The five library recipients are:

  • Georgetown Public Library (Georgetown, Texas)
  • Orange County Library System (Orlando, Florida)
  • Pueblo City-County Library District (Pueblo, Colorado)
  • Reading Public Library (Reading, Pennsylvania)
  • Rochester Public Library (Rochester, Minnesota).

Selected from a national shortlist of 29, the 2018 winners were chosen for their community outreach and ‘dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service’.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony in Washington, DC, on 24 May.

Following the ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit each recipient and provide an opportunity for community members to share stories of how the institution has affected their lives. These stories will be preserved at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

For more information, and to see the full list of winners, see the website.


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