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2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Winners
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is one of the Mile High City’s gems. In recent years, the museum has grown along with the population it serves, expanding its facilities, programming, and attendance. It offers rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment designed for families with newborns to eight-yearolds. With a focus on access, the museum has become a leader in providing accessible museum experiences for all.
- A MUSEUM FOR ALL
- GROWING SCIENTISTS
- CREATE, PLAY, LEARN
The Detroit Historical Society
The Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has a 100- year legacy of telling the city’s stories and why they matter. With the 50-year anniversary of the summer of 1967 nearing, DHS sought to commemorate the traumatic riots with a sensitive and inclusive narrative. Rather than just creating an exhibition, DHS shepherded a communitywide project. Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward captured the story and proved that the DHS could be a safe place for potentially difficult conversations.
- DETROIT’S STORIES TOLD BY DETROITERS
- LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EXHIBITION
El Paso Museum of Art
Known as “The Pass,” El Paso acts as a gateway for people, trade, and culture along the U.S.-Mexico border. The city is one of the largest binational communities in the world. Located in the heart of the city’s cultural district and less than a mile from the border, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) uses services, programs, and art exhibits to celebrate the diversity and cultural pride of the city. The museum builds community cohesion in both the United States and Mexico, demonstrating that cultural understanding and celebration are paramount for change and growth.
- TRANSBORDER BIENNIAL CELEBRATION
- DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
- EDUCATING ARTMAKERS
Georgetown Public Library
Three Post-It notes are perpetually placed on the office door of Georgetown Public Library’s director as inspiration. In bright colors, the notes read, “Trust,” “Turning Outward,” and “Collateral Benefits.” For Eric Lashley and his staff, these three concepts are daily reminders of the way they wish to serve the 61,000 residents of Georgetown, Texas.
- BUILDING COMMUNITY TRUST
- LOOKING OUTWARD
- COLLATERAL BENEFITS
History Museum at the Castle
Tucked away in the communities along the Fox River of Northeast Wisconsin is a small museum affectionately known as the History Museum at the Castle. By placing historic lessons in a modern day context, the museum inspires residents to discover and appreciate the community’s rich history. The museum recently developed new traveling, pop-up, and static displays in and around Appleton. The three exhibits created new ways for citizens to engage with the past and plan for a positive future.
- A STONE OF HOPE: BLACK EXPERIENCES IN FOX CITIES
- IN(VISIBLE): HOMELESSNESS IN APPLETON
- ASYLUM: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
The Orange County Library System
Orange County Library System is situated in an area full of contrasts. Orange County is home to the theme parks of Orlando, where many visitors’ childhood dreams come true. While the service industry is booming and the county is one of the fastest growing in the state, many of the 1.28 million residents are facing homelessness, food insecurity, crime, struggling schools, and lack of job opportunities. The library system is investing in programs to address these issues.
- INVESTING IN ORANGE COUNTY’S YOUTH
- SERVING IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS
- STRENGTHENING TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS
Pueblo City-County Library District
Pueblo, Colorado, is a city at a crossroads. This historically working-class town, long supported by a thriving steel mill, is now a diverse community of over 165,000. Pueblo CityCounty Library District (PCCLD) aims to provide the best possible public library services for its residents, and over the last five years, Pueblo citizens have increasingly made use of its robust resources.
- ALL PUEBLO READS
- CELEBRATING PUEBLO’S HISPANIC DEMOGRAPHIC
- RESPONSIVE SERVICES FOR UNIQUE NEEDS
Reading Public Library
In 2010, Reading, Pennsylvania, was among the poorest cities in the United States. Located in the heart of the city, the Reading Public Library (RPL) is well positioned to address its community’s many needs. It is a place of growth in five areas of literacy: civic and social, health, basic, financial, and informational. By continually assessing community needs, the library serves as an ally for Reading citizens.
- ADDRESSING THE BASIC NEED OF LITERACY
- DEVELOPING THE WORKFORCE
- REACHING PATRONS BEYOND THE LIBRARY’S WALLS
Rochester Public Library
Rochester, Minnesota, home to the worldrenowned Mayo Clinic, is a city with a can-do attitude. With a mission that mirrors that, the Rochester Public Library (RPL) strives to increase equity and access by supporting vulnerable populations. These communities are served by the library’s mantra: “We Care.” That caring culture is at the center of every decision the library makes.
- REMAINING INCLUSIVE
- WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
- ACCESS FOR ALL
Museum of Natural Cultural History
As the state’s official repository for public-owned collections, the 85-yearold Museum of Natural Cultural History (MNCH) is an unparalleled resource for learning about Oregon’s human, natural, and cultural history. Located at the University of Oregon, the MNCH serves university students as well as the Eugene community. The museum also responds to statewide needs for wider access to STEM education. Since 2015, the MNCH has made extraordinary strides towards extending its services to students, families, and educators in Oregon’s underserved rural communities. This outreach, born out of deep collaboration with community partners, provides rich, science-based learning adventures for schools and libraries across the state to encourage more students to pursue careers in STEM.
- INCREASING STEM ACCESS
- BEGINNING IN EUGENE
- PARTNERING WITH LOCAL LIBRARIES