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NCSML Named as National Medal Finalist

February 14, 2013

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces

2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

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WASHINGTON (February 14, 2013) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 33 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.


“Museums and libraries are gathering places that provide invaluable services to their visitors. This year’s finalists exemplify the positive impact these institutions make,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “People of all ages seek out these institutions for opportunities to advance their education, to learn new skills for the 21st century, for cultural connections, and for civic engagement.  From an urban art museum to a small town local library, these finalists provide communities a safe space in which to learn, imagine, and dream.”


IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. Ten National Medal winners will be announced this spring and participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C.   


The 2013 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:



  • Bell Whittington Public Library (Portland, Texas)
  • California Digital Library (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Chesterfield County Public Library (Chesterfield, Va.)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma, Ohio)
  • Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)
  • Jefferson County Public Library (Lakewood, Colo.)
  • King County Library System (Issaquah, Wash.)
  • Marshalltown Public Library (Marshalltown, Iowa)
  • Omaha Public Library (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Rancho Cucamonga Public Library (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
  • Santa Ana Public Library (Santa Ana, Calif.)
  • Terrebonne Parish Library System (Houma, La.)
  • Waukegan Public Library (Waukegan, Ill.)
  • Williamsburg Regional Library (Williamsburg, Va.)


  • Amazement Square (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, Mass.)
  • Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale, Miss.)
  • Discovery Science Center of Orange County (Santa Ana, Calif.)
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.)
  • National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • New-York Historical Society (New York, N.Y.)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Omaha Children’s Museum (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (Virginia Beach, Va.)
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, Conn.)
  • The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (New Haven, Conn.)


To Share Your Story, please visit To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit



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