NOTE: The White House will be streaming the National Medal Ceremony live on Wednesday, May 8 at 1 p.m.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that Marshalltown Public Library and the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library (Cedar Rapids) are two of 10 recipients of this year's National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. The National Medal will be presented at a celebration in Washington, DC on May 8.
"What a wonderful day for Iowa! The public library in Marshalltown and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids are examples of institutions that are truly responsive to their communities, and I am so pleased that they have been chosen to receive this national honor. Iowa Library Services is happy and proud to celebrate with our colleagues in Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids."
Said Marshalltown Public Library Director Sarah Rosenblum, "Each day Marshalltown Public Library profoundly demonstrates that a small but creative, committed and resourceful library can be a leader, developing replicable, innovative and creative programs that respond to its community. I am so proud that the IMLS is awarding us this medal because the library has a responsive tradition of library services that have helped the city and its residents to meet the challenges of the 20th century and positioned us for success in the 21st."
"To be honored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the nation's signature award program that supports museums is remarkable," said Gail Naughton, President/CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library. "We are immensely proud of being recognized for helping our city recover from its major flood disaster not only by rebuilding and expanding our museum and library, but also for inspiring local citizens and businesses to have faith in the future of the city."
View a video of the announcement on the IMLS website.