The Institute of Museum and Library Services on Thursday, April 24, announced Mid-Continent Public Library as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries recognizing service to the community.
“I am thrilled that MCPL has been recognized by IMLS,” Mid-Continent Public Library Director Steven V. Potter said. “Our library is dedicated to providing our communities with best possible experience, and this is just a wonderful affirmation of all the hard work that our trustees and staff have put toward that effort.”
The National Medal will be presented at an event Thursday, May 8, in Washington, D.C. Alicia Moore of Liberty will travel to Washington and share the impact the Mid-Continent Public Library has had on her life during the celebration.
As a mother of two homeschooled children, Moore and her children utilize Mid-Continent's Homeschoolers @ the Library program. Moore's third- and fifth-graders, Jackson and Katie, use the library for reading resources and to participate in MCPL’s online classes.
Winners of the National Medal were selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.
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