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Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

July 17, 2014 09:41 AM
Does your museum or library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Museums and libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Send your nomination by October 15. Read More

 
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First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Event

May 8, 2014 03:37 PM
Michelle Obama presented medals to each winner and praised the community service and educational roles of museums and libraries. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

April 24, 2014 08:52 AM
Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Growing Up at the Library

October 7, 2014 09:07 AM
Avree Walker talks about how his time spent at the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library inspired him to pursue a career in the performing arts. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to representatives from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Blog Post: Taking Big Steps at the Museum

September 22, 2014 02:46 PM
2014 National Medal Winner The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was the unexpected place for a young boy to reach developmental milestones. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama presents Chicago Public Library Commissioner and Community Member with the National Medal.
Blog Post: Getting Down to Business

September 17, 2014 02:39 PM
National Medal Winner the Chicago Public Library provided knowledge and resources to community member Chris Force to help kick start his business. Read More

 
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A Day of White House Accolades for 2014 National Medal Recipients


The White House brought national attention to the outstanding work of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Institutional leaders and board members participated in the ceremony, which also featured community members whose stories illustrated the profound impact of the institutions in their lives. Read More

 
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May 2013: First Lady Michelle Obama Presents 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


IMLS selected five libraries and five museums to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. Read More

 
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November 2012: IMLS Honors 10 Museums and Libraries for Outstanding Community Service


IMLS has selected five libraries and five museums to receive the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. Read More

 
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2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2013 Medal Winner: Boston Children's Museum

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Boston Children’s Museum President and CEO, Carole Charnow,and community member Tayquan Pomare-Taylor traveled to Washington from Boston, Massachusetts to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

 
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2013 Medal Winner: Delta Blues Museum

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Delta Blues Museum Executive Director Shelly Ritter and community member Travis Calvin traveled to Washington from Clarksdale, Mississippi to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

 
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2013 Medal Winner: Pierce County Library System

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Pierce County Library System Executive Director, Neel Parikh and community member Jo Cruz traveled to Washington, DC from Tacoma, Washington to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the library impacts the community. Read More