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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that LA County Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, one of 15 libraries selected nationwide.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 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.

“The 30 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”

LA County Library is one of three California institutions to have been selected as a 2019 finalist, and the only California library system. This is the second year in a row the Library has been selected as a finalist, as it also made the list in 2018.

“We are thrilled to be one of this year’s finalists for the IMLS National Medal, the most prestigious recognition in our field,” said LA County Library Director Skye Patrick. “Libraries are much more than books, and LA County Library strives to improve the lives of all Los Angeles County residents through our many programs focused on lifelong learning, bridging the digital divide, cultivating creativity, and serving as a gathering place for community engagement. We are honored to be recognized alongside so many tremendous institutions doing truly impactful work,” said Patrick.

Finalists are chosen because of their significant contributions to their communities. Throughout March and April, IMLS will celebrate the excellent community work of these institutions through its Share Your Story social media campaign, featuring the finalists on their Facebook and Twitter pages. LA County Library will be featured on Friday, March 15. Starting today, IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited LA County Library locations or regularly use the Library’s services to share their story on social media using #IMLSmedals and tagging @LACountyLibrary.

National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website.