The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that Middle Country Public Library is among the 30 finalists, out of more then 150 applicants, for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“Our library is honored to be recognized as a finalist for this prestigious award and for our dynamic programs and services,” said Library Director Sophia Serlis-McPhillips.
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Middle Country Public Library to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring.
“Museums and libraries are the lifeblood of our communities, serving as trusted providers of critical resources, educational training, skills development, and civic and cultural enrichment,” said Maura Marx, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We salute Middle Country Public Library for exemplary leadership in promoting lifelong learning while engaging and inspiring the public.”
Representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony. Winning institutions also receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.
To Share Your Story about how Middle Country Public Library has impacted your life, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS. To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit http://www.imls.gov/medals.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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