Today is a great day for the Madison Public Library as Library Director Greg Mickells accepted an award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community!
According to the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services the Madison Public Library's programs and services promote creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Library initiatives--such as early literacy efforts delivered through home health nurses and service to homeless residents--address community challenges and engage residents in new and exciting ways.
I could not agree more. As one of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients, the Madison Public Library has shown an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the people it serves. They are extremely deserving of this honor.
Library Director Greg Mickells was joined by community member Rob Franklin, known locally as Rob Dz, who will share how the library's Bubbler program and Media Lab services have helped his music career, and how he has volunteered to share his talents with youth through the library's Artist in Residence and Making Justice programs. You can learn more about his work here. They will be joined at the White House by Tracy Kuczenski, library board president. The event was streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live, and archived for later viewing on the library's web site.
Library Director Mickells reports that the National Medal is truly a community achievement. He says that this prestigious award recognizes the dedication and hard work of library staff who work with many individuals and community partners who inspire Madison Public Library to create innovative, engaging programs that have a deep and long-lasting impact on our community.
To celebrate, all nine Madison Public Library locations will host community receptions today, Wednesday, June 1 from 4-6 pm where visitors are invited to stop in for cookies, giveaways, and to learn more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and the library's programs and services.