2015 National Medal winner

Why did Cecil County Public Library win the National Medal, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums for service in their communities? 

Cecil County Public Library won for making a critical difference in

  • EDUCATION
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and
  • SERVICE TO VETERANS

A key aspect of winning the National Medal has been CCPL’s intense focus on its mission to provide access to educational and cultural resources for all and to promote individual and community success. CCPL staff members are innovative educators who proactively address community challenges and opportunities. The library's targeted outreach to lower-income families prevents summer learning loss, a critical factor in fighting the drop-out rate. CCPL's Small Business Information Center has had local, state and global impact.  Our work with veterans has become the Maryland state-level model for public libraries and has made a transformational difference in the community.

"We are involved in the community; we listen, learn and step up whenever we can to use our resources, skills, and talents to make progress on county issues, including the teen high school drop-out rate, veteran employment, and economic development in our county," stated Denise Davis, CCPL Director. "We strive to live our mission every day by providing lifelong educational and cultural opportunities and resources for all and actively promoting individual and community success. Cecil County Public Library’s announcement as a National Medal winner is an honor for Cecil County as a whole.  Citizens and elected officials deserve recognition for their continued support of CCPL. It is a privilege to provide service and it wouldn’t be possible without the great community we live in.”

Watch Library Director Denise Davis discuss our National Medal win on Comcast Newsmakers

Watch the 2015 IMLS National Medal Winners video. CCPL is at 1:30

Watch the IMLS National Medal ceremony. CCPL is at 11:20

Watch the US Department of Veterans Affairs video about community member Thomas Cousar