WRL Named National Medal for Museum and Library Services Finalist

February 14, 2013

Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) is honored to be a finalist for the 19th annual National Medal for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries by the IMLS in recognition of service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Williamsburg Regional Library as a finalist for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services. “People of all ages seek out institutions like Williamsburg Regional Library for opportunities to advance their education, to learn new skills for the 21st century, for cultural connections and for civic engagement.”

“WRL has been recognized for our programs and services that contribute positively to the Greater Williamsburg area,” said WRL Director John A. Moorman. “Library staff are grateful for the community’s support and are honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.”

Because the National Medal celebrates institutions that are committed to community service, IMLS will feature this year’s finalists on social media platforms and provide an opportunity for people to “Share Your Story” on the impact of WRL on their lives on the IMLS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/USIMLS

WRL is one of 33 museum and library finalists, from which 10 winners will be selected in April.  Representatives from winning institutions will be honored at the National Medal award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Winning institutions also receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.

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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. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement. Their 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 www.imls.gov and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Williamsburg Regional Library
Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) consists of the James City County Library, Mobile Library Services and the Williamsburg Library and serves a population of 85,000 in southeastern Virginia.  For the past five years WRL was named as one of the best public libraries in the nation, and, most recently, the only four-star library in Virginia in the “Library Journal” Index of Public Library Service