Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

Post date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:20pm




Celebrating 20 Years of Outstanding Museums and Libraries

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 20th Anniversary of its National Medal for Museum and Library Service program, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. In the last twenty years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized 132 institutions for remarkable community programming and resources.

“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone and salute our previous National Medal-winning museums and libraries,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “In the last twenty years, we have seen institutions adapt and innovate to the shifting needs of their communities, helping us to create a nation of learners. We are proud of the role we have been able to play in recognizing and aiding these organizations’ service to the public.”

The goal of the National Medal Program is to support exceptional institutions whose commitment to their community goes beyond what one expects of a museum or library. To mark this twenty-year milestone, IMLS will spotlight previous winning institutions through a special Share Your Story Facebook campaign. Visit to view and to share your own stories.

“Receiving the 2009 National Medal for Museum Service was an incredible honor for our organization and a great feather in the cap for our region,” said Elizabeth Pierce, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Cincinnati Museum Center. “We continue to work with elected officials to restore our Union Terminal landmark, and the award is an important tool as we communicate the effectiveness and leadership of our organization. “

“This recognition was particularly humbling due to the award’s community focus, “ said Dennis Wint, director of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, a 2008 winner. “Although The Franklin Institute already had a public image of being a great family destination and one of the best science museums in the country, receiving the National Medal not only drew public attention to the value of the Institute’s comprehensive and dynamic exhibits and program experiences – but also to our efforts to welcome our community.”

“At the upcoming Mayoral State of the City address, our National Medal will be one of the highlights of the address,” said Robert Karatsu, the library director of Rancho Cucamonga Public Library in California. “It is widely acknowledged that the library being awarded the National Medal was perhaps the pre-eminent achievement in the city for 2013.”

Below is a complete list of winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. A searchable file of the list is available on the IMLS website (XLS, 89KB).

2013       Children’s Museum (Boston, Mass.)

2013       Marshalltown Public Library (Marshalltown, Ind.)

2013       Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio)

2013       Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale, Miss.)

2013       Discovery Science Center of Orange County (Santa Ana, Calif.)

2013       National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

2013       Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)

2013       Public Library of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2013       Rancho Cucamonga Public Library (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)

2013       Waukegan Public Library (Waukegan, Ill.)

2012       Contra Costa County Library (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)

2012       Bootheel Youth Museum (Malden, Mo.)

2012       Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, County of Cumberland (Fayetteville, N.C.)

2012       Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago, Ill.)

2012       Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City, N.Y.)

2012       Montrose Regional Library District (Montrose, Colo.)

2012       Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (North Miami, Fla.)

2012       Pacific Science Center Foundation (Seattle, Wash.)

2012       Park View High School Library Media Center, Loudoun County Public School District (Sterling, Va.)

2012       Shaler North Hills Library, Township of Shaler (Glenshaw, Pa.)

2011       Alachua County Library District (Gainesville, Fla.)

2011       Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

2011       Weippe Public Library (Weippe, Idaho)

2011       Columbus Metropolitan Library (Columbus, Ohio)

2011       EdVenture (Columbia, S.C.)

2011       Erie Art Museum (Erie, Pa.)

2011       Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Order of St. Benedict (Collegeville, Minn.)

2011       Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Richmond, Va.)

2011       Madison Children’s Museum (Madison, Wis.)

2011       San Jose Public Library (San Jose, Calif.)

2010       Conner Prairie (Fishers, Ind.)

2010       Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum of Albuquerque (Albuquerque, N.M.)

2010       Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)

2010       Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, Miss.)

2010       Nashville Public Library (Nashville, Tenn.)

2010       New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, N.Y.)

2010       Patchogue-Medford Library (Patchogue, N.Y.)

2010       Peter White Public Library (Marquette, Mo.)

2010       Rangeview Library District (Thornton, Colo.)

2010       West Bloomfield Township Public Library (West Bloomfield, Mo.)

2009       Braille Institute of America Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)

2009       Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

2009       Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2009       Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, Ill.)

2009       Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, Ind.)

2009       Multnomah County Library (Portland, Ore.)

2009       Museum of Science & Industry (Tampa, Fla.)

2009       Pritzker Military Library (Chicago, Ill.)

2009       Stark County District Library (Canton, Ohio)

2009       Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga , Tenn.)

2008       Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyo.)

2008       The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.)

2008       General Lew Wallace Study and Museum (Crawfordsville, Ind.)

2008       The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library (Dorado, Puerto Rico)

2008       Skokie Public Library (Skokie, Ill.)

2008       Skidompha Public Library (Damariscotta, Maine)

2008       Kansas City Public Library (Kansas City, Mo.)

2008       Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, N.Y.)

2008       Miami-Dade Public Library System (Miami, Fla.)

2008       Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

2007       Kim Yerton Memorial Library (Hoopa, Calif.)

2007       Ocean County Library (Toms River, N.J.)

2007       Georgetown County Library (Georgetown, S.C.)

2007       “Memphis Public Library & Information Center (Memphis, Tenn.)

2007       The Newberry Library (Chicago, Ill.)

2007       Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Ala.)

2007       Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield, Ill.)

2007       National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, District of Columbia)

2007       Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland, Ore.)

2007       Vermont Historical Society Museum (Barre, Vt.)

2006       San Antonio Public Library (San Antonio, Texas)

2006       Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, N.C.)

2006       Lincoln Children’s Zoo (Lincoln, Neb.)

2006       John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, Ill.)

2006       Frankfort Community Public Library (Frankfort, Ind.)

2006       Artrain USA (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

2005       Saint Paul Public Library (Saint Paul, Minn.)

2005       Pratt Museum (Homer, Alaska)

2005       Mathews Memorial Library (Matthews, Va.)

2005       Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, N.C.)

2005       Johnson County Library(Overland Park, Kan.)

2005       COSI Toledo (Toledo, Ohio)

2004       Zoological Society of San Diego (San Diego, Calif.)

2004       Western Folklife Center, Inc. (Elko, Nev.)

2004       The Regional Academic Health Center Medical Library of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)

2004       Mayaguez Children’s Library, Inc. (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)

2004       Flint Public Library (Flint, Mich.)

2004       Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, Ill.)

2003       Bozeman Public Library (Bozeman, Mont.)

2003       Free Library of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)

2003       Pocahontas County Free Libraries (Marlinton, W.Va.)

2003       San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo, Texas)

2003       USS Constitution Museum (Charleston, Mass.)

2003       Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

2002       The Bronx Zoo (Bronx, N.Y.)

2002       The Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)

2002       Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)

2002       Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (Loretto, Pa.)

2002       Southwest Georgia Regional Library System (Bainbridge, Ga.)

2002       Boundary County District Library (Bonners Ferry, Idaho)

2001       Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (Anchorage, Ala.)

2001       Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (San Jose, Calif.)

2001       Hancock County Library System (Bay St. Louis, Miss.)

2001       Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (Miami, Fla.)

2001       The New England Aquarium (Boston, Mass.)

2001       Providence Public Library (Providence, R.I.)

2000       Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)

2000       Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository (Kodiak, Ark.)

2000       B.B. Comer Memorial Library (Sylacauga, Ala.)

2000       Queens Borough Public Library (Jamaica, N.Y.)

2000       Simon Wiesenthal Center Library and Archives (Los Angeles, Calif.)

2000       Urie Elementary School Library (Lyman,  Wyo.)

2000       Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia (Beckley, W.Va.)

1999       Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, Ill.)

1999       Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nev.)

1999       St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum (St. Simons Island, Ga.)

1998       Belknap Mill Society (Laconia, N.H.)

1998       Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Mich.)

1998       New Jersey Historical Society (Newark, N.J.)

1997       The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.)

1997       The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas)

1997       National Aquarium in Baltimore (Baltimore, Md.)

1996       The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia)

1996       The Field Museum (Chicago, Ill.)

1996       The Natural Science Center of Greensboro (Greensboro, N.C.)

1995       Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

1995       The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago, Ill.)

1995       Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich, Vt.)

1995       The Wing Luke Asian Museum (Seattle, Wash.)

1994       Brukner Nature Center (Troy, Ohio)

1994       The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Jacksonville, Fla.)

1994       The State Historical Society of Missouri (Columbia, Mo.)

Celebrating 20 Years
This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2013 winners, 132 institutions have received this honor, and ten additional institutions will be awarded in 2014.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Electronics Waste Recycling and Paper Shred Event at Waukegan Public Library on April 19

Post date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:36am

To celebrate Earth Day, the Waukegan Public Library’s Off the Grid (OTG) team is hosting a free recycle event for paper and electronic waste on Saturday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library on the corner of Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Electronics and computer equipment to be collected include wires & cables, circuit boards, monitors, VCRs, DVDs, cameras, gaming consoles, modems, and telephones. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified most electronic scrap as hazardous waste. Improper disposal adds dangerous amounts of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, and toxic chemicals into the country’s landfills. Electronic and computer items will be collected by Midwest Computer Recycling, Inc., and broken down into components for reuse and/or refurbishment.

Up to 9,000 pounds of paper will be shredded by a mobile truck run by Opportunity Secure Data Destruction (OSDD). The truck has a camera so that you can see the shredding in action. Paper can have staples, regular paper clips and rubber bands, but no large metal, plastic, x-rays, or batteries. OSDD takes all shredded paper to the paper mill for pulping and recycling.

OTG is a committee of Waukegan Public Library employees who meet monthly to discuss green initiatives in the library, such as implementing recycle drives for the needy in the community, developing Earth Week activities for staff and patrons, coordinating field trips to organizations who practice environmental initiatives, and planning an annual staff farm-to-table luncheon and bake off.

This will be the first recycle event at the Waukegan Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Get Covered by Midnight at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 4:23pm

Library will stay open until midnight on Monday, March 31 to enroll residents in health insurance available through the Affordable Care Act

The March 31 deadline for uninsured residents to enroll in one of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace health plans is less than two weeks away and the Waukegan Public Library is planning to stay open until midnight that day to enroll as many residents as possible.

Out of 28 enrollment sites around Lake County, the Waukegan Public Library is one of the leading locations, signing up over 550 residents in health insurance since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was put into effect last October. The library is part of acounty-wide initiative to increase access to healthcare for Lake County residents called Enroll Lake County, headed by the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center and the Alliance for Human Services.

The Waukegan Public Library will be the only Lake County location open until the midnight deadline. Bilingual navigators will be available for scheduled appointments, group sessions, and drop-in enrollment. Under the ACA, every individual in the country must have insurance by midnight, or they will face a fine of $95 or 1% of their annual income. Those who miss the deadline will have to wait for the next enrollment period although there are exceptions made for life changes such as a birth in the family, the loss of a job or a divorce.

“As navigators we have been able to change the lives of so many of our community members who were uninsured and seeing the smile on their faces when they receive their new health insurance cards in the mail is priceless,” said Tatiana Alonso, Waukegan Public Library Promotora/Ambassador Coordinator and Affordable Care Act Navigator. “It is an honor to be able to provide this joy to so many families in our community.”

In addition to its commitment to helping residents obtain health insurance, the Library also offers a bilingual Functional Health Literacy Navigation class, which teaches Lake County residents about their right to be healthy, including healthy eating habits to prevent illness and how to build trust with medical caregivers. The class is paid for by the Building Bridges through Health Navigation grant funded by the Health Care Foundation of Northern Lake County in partnership with the Alliance for Human Services.

“Knowing how to navigate the health care system is essential to our community, especially when almost 72,000 Lake County adults are uninsured,” said Richard Lee, Waukegan Public Library Executive Director. “As a library, our mission is to ensure that our patrons have access to the information and resources that they need to be successful. When access to health care is a barrier to that success, we must do what we can to remove the obstacles. Health literacy has become one of our most important initiatives.”

Although navigators will be on hand to accommodate drop-ins, the library is encouraging individuals to make an appointment. Residents should bring identification, their most recent paycheck stub, and social security card. To make an appointment or get more information, contact Tatiana Alonso at (847) 623-2041, ext. 273 or talonso [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.

In addition to health insurance sign-ups, all regular library services will be available until midnight, including book and movie checkout, computer and internet access, and fax service.