NATIONAL WINNERS: Library Gets Award At White House | Arts & Culture
Three Marshalltown Library representatives were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to collect of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Director Sarah Rosenblum, volunteer Veronica Guevara and Sarah Rosenblum received the award from First Lady Michelle Obama along with a prize of $5,000 at a ceremony at the White House.
The library underwent a move in 2008 having been first built in the town in 1902 and serves the town's population of 27,500 made up of families that speak over 30 languages.
“Museums and libraries serve as centers for lifelong learning and as cornerstones for our communities. It’s clear Marshalltown Public Library is committed to supporting its diverse community through innovative programs and bridging cultural differences. We are proud to name Marshalltown Public Library one of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Each day Marshalltown Public Library profoundly demonstrates that a small but creative, committed and resourceful library can be a leader, developing replicable, innovative and creative programs that respond to its community,” said Director Sarah Rosenblum. “I am so proud that the IMLS is awarding the Nation Medal to the Marshalltown Public Library which has a responsive tradition of creative and innovative library services that have helped the city and its residents to meet the challenges of the 20th century and positioned each for success in the 21st.”
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley both recognized the national achievement releasing statements approving of the work being done.