Michelle Obama Honors Museum, Library Service

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to five museums and five libraries at a White House ceremony Friday.

The National Medal is said to be the highest honor the nation confers on these institutions for their contribution to America’s communities.

The awards are made annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships.

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Mrs. Obama thanked and congratulated the award winners and said, “But while some of your work may be national in scope, ultimately your most powerful impact is local. Each of you is an integral part of your community. Each of you strives every day to meet the needs of the people who walk through your doors. And that’s particularly true in times of challenge and crisis, when many of you offer vital services, stepping up to be there for folks when they need you the most.”

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IMLS acting director Marsha L. Semmel, said, “The winners are making a difference by asking the right questions and tailoring solutions to enrich the lives of their community members. We honor their contributions to delight, surprise, inform and educate.”

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Winners of the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, IN: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_conner.shtm 

Explora, Albuquerque, NM: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_explora.shtm 

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_janm.shtm 

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_mississippi.shtm 

Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_nashville.shtm 

The New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_nybg.shtm 

Patchogue-Medford Library, Patchogue, NY: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_patchogue.shtm 

Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_peter.shtm 

Rangeview Library District and Anythink Libraries, Adams County, CO: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_rangeview.shtm 

West Bloomfield Township Public Library, West Bloomfield Township, MI: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/121710c_west.shtm 

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The History Channel, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Hollinger/Metal Edge, Inc. Archival Storage Material, supported the National Medals celebration.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

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Rakesh Raman