Through its myriad programs, Skokie Public Library has become an essential part of the
“The library is integrated into the fabric of the community, constantly working in collaboration with other organizations to address the ever-changing needs of and challenges facing
“I’m proud, but not surprised, that the Skokie Public Library was one of only ten institutions in the nation to receive the 2008 National Medal from the
“By its example, the Skokie Public Library shows us the kind of influence and impact that libraries can have on community life. Through its innovative programs and active partnerships, the Library addresses the urgent and changing needs of the community it serves,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, IMLS Director.
The other winners of the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:
2. The Franklin Institute,
3. The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum,
4. The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library, Inc., Dorado, PR
7. The Miami-Dade Public Library System,
8. The Norton
9. The Skidompha Library,
This is the second year that IMLS has awarded medals to 10 institutions. In previous years, the National Medal was known as the National Award for Museum and Library Service and was awarded to three museums and three libraries annually.
In addition to Library representatives, a community member whose life has been positively affected by the Library is available for interviews. Please contact Christie Robinson at 847-324-3126.
Members of the press interested in attending the White House ceremony, please contact IMLS Public Affairs Officer Jeannine Mjoseth ([email protected]; 202-653-4632).
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Skokie Public Library serves one of the most diverse suburbs in the