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Two Minnesota Libraries are Finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Wednesday, March 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tammy Schoenberg
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WASHINGTON. D.C. – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2017 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 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for their commitment to providing programs and services that improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. We salute them and their valuable work in providing educational opportunities to their community and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”

IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page as a way to further honor their work in their respective communities. To Share Your Story, please visit

The 2017 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:


  • Haines Borough Public Library (Haines, Alaska)
  • Long Beach Public Library (Long Beach, California)
  • Sacramento Public Library (Sacramento, California)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (Champaign, Illinois)
  • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (Evansville, Indiana)
  • Terrebonne Parish Library System (Houma, Louisiana)
  • Waterville Public Library (Waterville, Maine)
  • University of Minnesota Libraries (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Rochester Public Library (Rochester, Minnesota)
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Tulsa City-County Library (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • James V. Brown Library (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
  • Richland Library (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library System (The Woodlands, Texas)