March 16th, 2015
On February 24, we were thrilled to announce Cecil County Public Library’s selection as a finalist for the National Medal, our country’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound positive difference in their communities.
For the 21st year, The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) reviewed applications received from museums and libraries nationwide and narrowed the field of finalists to 15 libraries and 15 museums.
The mission of IMLS “to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement” is similar to CCPL’s “to provide access to educational and cultural resources for all and to promote individual and community success.”
As quoted in the Cecil Whig, our Director Denise Davis said, “We have a philosophy to step-up to the issues here in the county,” including the teen drop-out rate, veteran employment and economic development. “We see these and we say, ‘Let’s look at what we can do,’” she said, adding, “That’s exactly the kind of thing IMLS looks for.”
In the time between the announcement of the 30 finalists and the announcement of the 10 winners on April 21, IMLS is highlighting museum and library finalists on their Facebook page. It’s a national platform for the public to both learn about different institutions around the country as well as to share testimonials about their hometown libraries or museums.
On Wednesday, March 18, it’s CCPL’s turn on the IMLS Facebook page. We encourage our patrons and friends to share how CCPL has made an exceptionally positive impact in our community. Not on Facebook? That’s okay – send us an email or talk to your local librarian.
Cecil County Public Library’s success is due to our dedicated staff as well as the support of our citizens and elected officials. Congratulations Cecil County, let’s celebrate this national recognition!