The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We are honored to share that Cedar Rapids Public Library was named a finalist for the 2017 National Medal award.
This year’s finalists include individual public libraries, university libraries, art, science, and children’s museums, and many other types of institutions that exemplify the great diversity of libraries and museums across the country.
This honor recognizes the contributions of our programs such as the Summer Dare to our community. We are grateful for your support and are honored to be recognized as a 2017 finalist.
“As beacons of educational opportunities, resources, and civic and cultural inspiration, museums and libraries provide increasingly essential services to our nation,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We applaud the Cedar Rapids Public Library for its commitment to providing outstanding programs and services that enrich the lives of people in their community.”
“There is always more work to be done, but this nomination is a reminder of the progress we’ve made and a reassurance that we are on the right path,” said Dara Schmidt, Director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. “We are so proud to have received this recognition.”
The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.
As part of the National Medal’s celebration of institutions committed to community service, IMLS will feature the finalists on social media platforms and provide an opportunity for you to Share Your Story on the IMLS Facebook page.
Visit the IMLS Facebook page and Share Your Story today!