May 25, 2022

Thirty Museums and Libraries Named Finalists for 2017 National Medal Award

From IMLS:

2017-national-medal-finalistThe Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 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.


IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page as a way to further honor their work in their respective communities.

The 2017 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:


Haines Borough Public Library (Haines, Alaska)

Long Beach Public Library(Long Beach, California)

Sacramento Public Library (Sacramento, California)

Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (Champaign, Illinois)

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library(Evansville, Indiana)

Terrebonne Parish Library System(Houma, Louisiana)

Waterville Public Library (Waterville, Maine)

University of Minnesota Libraries (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Rochester Public Library (Rochester, Minnesota)

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Tulsa City-County Library (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

James V. Brown Library(Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

Richland Library(Columbia, South Carolina)

George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library System(Conroe, Texas)


Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (Alaska State Museums) (Juneau, Alaska)

Children’s Museum Tucson (Tucson, Arizona)

Lawrence Hall of Science(Berkeley, California)

Pretend City Children’s Museum (Irvine, California)

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park (Oakland, California)

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego, California)

Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, Colorado)

Orlando Science Center(Orlando, Florida)

Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum(Chicago, Illinois)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Skokie, Illinois)

Detroit Zoological Society(Royal Oak, Michigan)

Mississippi Children’s Museum(Jackson, Mississippi)

Discovery Place (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, New York)

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, Wisconsin)

Source: News Release

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