The Pima County Public Library is among 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The award is given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and honors museums and libraries for their service to the community.
“Museums and libraries serve as civic engagement centers, providing invaluable educational, social and skill-based resources to their communities,” institute Director Susan Hildreth said in a news release. “The 2014 National Medal finalists have gone above and beyond to create an environment that allows individuals to learn, play, connect and remain curious.”
The 10 winners will be announced on April 24. They will be honored at a ceremony in May in Washington, D.C.
The library was nominated for the award by U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
Library spokeswoman Kenya Johnson counts the library’s innovative programming and community services among the reasons for its nomination.
“It’s a combination of elements, really. We have some creative programming that many libraries in the United States and internationally are interested in duplicating in their own communities,” Johnson said. “The library nurse program is definitely one of those. The seed library has gotten a lot of attention in the media and the community for its innovativeness.”
Programs offered at the library’s 27 branches include computer skills classes, English classes and job-seeking help.
The Pima County Public Library invites the community to share a seven-word story that answers the question “what does your library mean to you?” on the library’s Facebook page.
The library will share the story on the Institute of Museum and Library Services Facebook page if writers tag the post with #NationalMedal and like the institute’s Facebook page.