I got a note from Pablo Sibaja from The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announcing that the Sacramento Public Library is among the 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This honor comes the week I’m slated to read to children at The Solano Library branch in Cordelia as part of Dr. Seuss Birthday Week, and it got me thinking about the awesome services our local libraries provide. According to Pablo, “The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 24 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.” I know the public library was a huge help to me when I was a single father with a two year old, trying to maximize my time with my daughter Nicole while offering her something other than trips to the park or half-hearted tea parties (lol). Our local library in Roseville offered amazing story-time activities, art classes, and (at the time) video tape rentals of my daughter’s favorite shows and movies, and I’ve always been grateful for that…in fact I still have my original library card in my wallet! As far as The National Medal winners go, they’ll be announced later this spring
(see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal at IMLS website). As far as I’m concerned, ALL the amazing libraries serving our communities are winners…keep up the great work!