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Waterville Public Library Selected as a National Medal Finalist

The Colby Museum is proud to be one of several organizations cultural resources that serve Waterville and we’re thrilled to congratulate our friends (and Waterville Creates! partners) at the Waterville Public Library on their status as a National Medal Finalist, a true testament to their outstanding work for our community.  The Lantern is pleased to welcome Tammy L. Rabideau, associate director, Waterville Public Library to share details about this fantastic honor and how you can be a part of the celebration!

 

The National Medal is the nation’s most prestigious honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For twenty-three years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and have made a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
 The Waterville Public Library is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor given to a library or museum: the National Medal awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)! The award is given to institutions in recognition of significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. In March, the IMLS announced thirty finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s most prestigious honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For twenty-three years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and have made a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

In celebration of the National Medal finalist nomination, the Waterville Library Board of Trustees invites the community to celebrate Waterville Library Love Day with a tea party at the Waterville Public Library on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from four to six p.m. By a mayoral proclamation issued this past week at the City Council meeting, April 26, 2017, is declared to be a day to celebrate the library’s 121 years of service to the community. Join the library trustees for cake, crafts, treats, prizes, and other fun! On April 26, the Institute of Museum and Library Services will commend the Waterville Public Library via the press, on their website, and on social media. A proud day for Waterville!

“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 IMLS. “It is our honor to recognize thirty 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 communities and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”

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

Libraries

  • 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 (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 County Public Library (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library (Conroe, Texas)

 

Museums

  • State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development—Alaska State Museum (Juneau, Alaska)
  • Tucson Children’s Museum (Tucson, Arizona)
  • Regents of the University of California—Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley, California)
  • Pretend City, The Children’s Museum of Orange County (Irvine, California)
  • Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park (Oakland, California)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (San Diego, California)
  • Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, Colorado)
  • Orlando Science Center  (Orlando, Florida)
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Skokie, Illinois)
  • Detroit Zoological Society (Royal Oak, Michigan)
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum (Jackson, Mississippi)
  • Discovery Place (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, New York)
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, Wisconsin)

 

The National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. The representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, DC, to be honored in a White House ceremony.

About the Waterville Public Library
Through free access to information and the advancement of knowledge and creativity, the Waterville Public Library empowers people, strengthens community, and serves as a proactive partner in support of the economic prosperity of the Waterville region. Programs, workshops, and services are delivered by many different community service partners. To learn more, visit www.watervillelibrary.org and follow the Waterville Public Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.