Like most life-long Chicagoans, my mind was shaped by Chicago’s public libraries long before I started school, and for decades after college. So I’m especially proud to learn that the Chicago Public Library is one of the 2014 winners of the national Medal for Museum and Library Service.  Chicago’s library system has come a long way since the 1950s!

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Chicago Public Library System main branch

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation. The award will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on May 8.

These ten honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from ten states.”

The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

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