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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.

RGC Library Anniversary

From Norma Fultz,

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!! Time truly marches on, I can’t believe the Rio Grande City Public Library was established on August 1, 1990. I started working at the library on September 1, 1990. I often joke the library is my third child, my son Frank was born in March 1990. It’s been quite a journey. We didn’t get to celebrate as planned, however, my staff did surprise me one morning. I love that together with my staff we continue to make a positive impact in our community. 

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Elaine Allums Recognition Reception

The Friends of the Kountze Public Library hosted a Recognition Reception in honor of Elaine Allums at the library on February 25, 2019. Allums served as Building Committee Chairperson in 1999 and spearheaded plans for the construction of a new library. The facility was completed in 2002. Allums has performed as a loyal president of the Friends since that time. Today the library serves 7,143 registered borrowers and has 21,350 materials in the library for checkout with an additional 14,483 electronic materials available online. As a retired teacher and dedicated community servant, Elaine Allums is an exceptional role model and her contributions to the City of Kountze and the library are sincerely appreciated.

Elaine Allums reading to children

Most Loved Award – Leon Valley

News from Sandy Underwood, Library Director of Leon Valley Public Library.

I have to take a moment to brag on the library and staff……

On February 14, we were awarded the “Most Loved Library” award by HulaFrog San Antonio NorthWest.  HulaFrog is a well known parents website that features activities for children in the area.  The parents voted for their “Most Loved” businesses in a number of categories.  For libraries, our competition included about eight San Antonio Branches…..and we came out on top!

Here is the web notice of the winners: https://hulafrog.com/san-antonio-northwest-tx/most-loved-awards/

Also check out the response on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leon-Valley-Public-Library/

StoryWalk at Fayette Public Library

The Fayette Public Library’s StoryWalk opened on November 17th! After much planning they were finally able to install the feature outside of the library. Children and families can complete the book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and enjoy the park located outside of the library. Children that complete the StoryWalk will receive a special Rocket Reading Certificate. Library staff scanned all of the book pages and worked with a graphic artist on the final layout. La Grange High School welding students built the posts and a sign company was used to print the attached removable aluminum signs. The library hopes to have more stories printed. Allison Shimek, the Library Director, thanks fellow CTLS member, Melissa Uhlhorn, at the Schertz Public Library for sharing information about their StoryWalk. Melissa answered all of Allison’s questions and provided an excellent model to work off.

Closeup of a StoryWalk panel

Children standing next to a StoryWalk panel

View of the StoryWalk