WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11th, 2019) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that Arizona’s Tempe Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Tempe Public Library is the only institution in the state to be selected as a finalist.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Tempe Public Library stands out for programs such as the Tempe Book Bike, Dementia Friendly Tempe – Memory Café, FanCon, and an array of opportunities that promote family engagement and expand literacy.
IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Tempe Public Library to share their story on social media. To #ShareYourStory, please visit or and use #IMLSmedals.
National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal Ceremony on June 12 in Washington, D.C.
To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the .
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