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Marathon Public Library Named Finalist for 2021 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Marathon Public Library (http://www.marathonpubliclibrary.org/) is among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Marathon Public Library is the only institution in Texas selected as a finalist for this award.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

“Marathon Public Library is honored to be recognized for the services it provides to a community that values its public library,” said Board President Erin Albright. “This nomination highlights the dedication and hard work of our staff who work with many individuals and community partners to create innovative, engaging programs that have a deep and long-lasting impact on our community. We are so fortunate that our patrons and visitors support our Library in so many ways. They are committed to our children, teen, and adult programs. They enjoy the breadth and depth of our collections, and they depend on the Library for technology services that help bridge the digital divide. It is truly our patrons who inspire our staff, volunteers, and Board Members to keep our community connected to the world.”

To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging Marathon Public Library’s community members to share stories, memories, pictures, and videos on social media on Friday, April 16, 2021, as part of the Share Your Story campaign, using the #IMLSmedals hashtag, and engage with IMLS on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, please visit the IMLS website (https://www.imls.gov/).

National Medal winners will be announced in late spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during a virtual National Medal Ceremony this summer. To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website at https://www.imls.gov/news/imls-names-finalists-2021-national-medal-museum-and-library-service.

Today is the Deadline! #SaveIMLS

Today, April 3rd, is the first deadline to contact your representatives to ask them to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters. These two letters ask Appropriators to support Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding.

ALA’s Take Action page makes it easy to contact the appropriate people with talking points. You can send an email, make a phone call, or send a tweet. If your rep has signed the letter, please call to thank them!

The Texas Library Association released a statement on the President’s proposed budget which eliminates federal library funding.

The Texas State Library recently released a wonderful video showing the impact that IMLS has on all Texans.

Don’t let the word deadline stop you either. April 3rd is only the first deadline, but EveryLibrary assures me that it isn’t over until the budget is passed. Continuing contacting representatives past April 3rd!

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Bell/Whittington Library a Finalist

Portland LibraryCongratulations to  the Bell Whittington Public Library, Portland, TX and Rose Aleta Laurell, Director!

This library was named a finalist in the IMLS Best Small Library in America competition!

“Serving a population of 15,099 in a satellite community near Corpus Christi, this library does an awful lot with the $29 per capita budget at its disposal. The judges noted innovative outreach that can easily be duplicated by other libraries, while judge Julie Hildebrand called it “amazing considering the size of their staff,” just three full-time, four part-time. The library’s recent record of programming with high attendance numbers and a strong focus on technology is well demonstrated by the “Seniors in Cyberspace” program held in partnership with senior centers and other community sites such as the local Dairy Queen restaurants. Attendance for the course reached 1,758, with evaluations showing 100 percent rate of achievement in signing up for new email addresses.”