Madison Public Library accepted the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2016. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award at a ceremony at the White House.
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “The Madison Public Library’s programs and services promote creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Library initiatives—such as their early literacy efforts delivered through home health nurses and service to homeless residents—address community challenges and engage residents in new and exciting ways,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “As one of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients, the Madison Public Library has shown an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the people it serves. They are extremely deserving of this honor.”
Library Director Greg Mickells accepted the award on behalf of Madison Public Library. He was joined by community member Rob Franklin, known locally as Rob Dz, who shared how the library’s Bubbler program and Media Lab services have helped his music career, and how he has volunteered to share his talents with youth through the library’s Making Justice program. They were joined at the White House by Tracy Kuczenski, library board president.
“The National Medal is truly a community achievement. We are honored to accept this prestigious award that recognizes the dedication and hard work of our staff who work with many individuals and community partners who inspire Madison Public Library to create innovative, engaging programs that have a deep and long-lasting impact on our community,” said Library Director Greg Mickells.
For a complete list of 2016 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal winners, please visit https://www.imls.gov/2016-medals.
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