The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Service announced Tuesday it has selected five museums and five libraries, including the Nashville Public Library, to receive the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions to their respective communities.
In addition to the National Medal, which will be awarded in an upcoming Washington, D.C., ceremony, each institution receives a $10,000 award and visit from StoryCorps.
The IMLS specifically named Nashville Public Library's Bringing Books to Life program, the Limitless Libraries collection development and resource-sharing partnership with Metro high schools and the library’s work to promote multi-cultural understanding of immigrants through extensive system-wide programs and puppet shows based on cultural stories and tales.
“Receiving this honor from IMLS is a capstone achievement for the Nashville Public Library and its programs,” Donna Nicely, director of the Nashville Public Library, said in a release. “My heartfelt thanks go to our supporters and the 305 library staff members who work to make the Nashville Public Library great each and every day.”
Joining the Nashville Public Library are the Patchoque-Medford Library (Patchoque, N.Y.), the Peter White Public Library (Marquette, Wisc.), the Rangeview Library District and Anythink Libraries (Adams County, Colo.) and the West Bloomfield Township Library (West Bloomfield Township, Mich.)
Each year, the IMLS director, following an open nomination process and based on the recommendations of the National Museum and Library Services board, selects the National Medal winners.