It’s official: The Craig Public Library has won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The award is the highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service. According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the award celebrates facilities that “demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.”
In the announcement letter, the institute notes that the Craig Library is turning 80 years old this year, and has adapted over those eight decades as technology changed, to continue providing resources and educational support to Prince of Wales Island residents.
Craig Library Director Amy Marshall and a member of the community will attend the awards celebration May 18th in Washington, D.C. In addition, the national nonprofit StoryCorps will visit all the winning facilities, including Craig’s library, to document stories from community members.
The 10 winners are:
- Amazement Square (Lynchburg, VA)
- Cecil County Public Library (Elkton, MD)
- Craig Public Library (Craig, AK)
- Embudo Valley Library and Community Center (Dixon, NM)
- Los Angeles Public Library (Los Angeles, CA)
- Louisiana Children’s Museum (New Orleans, LA)
- Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ)
- New York Hall of Science (Queens, NY)
- The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York, NY)
- The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA)