Mesa County Libraries Named Finalist for 2024 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Mesa County Libraries has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This recognition places Mesa County Libraries on a national stage, highlighting their exceptional impact on the community. As the sole institution in Colorado to achieve this honor, Mesa County Libraries have demonstrated excellence in fostering community engagement and fulfilling their mission of enriching lives through learning, discovery, creation, and connection.

A Community’s Pride

The IMLS announced on March 27, 2024, that Mesa County Libraries are among the 30 finalists for the National Medal. For three decades, this award has celebrated institutions that make a significant difference in their communities. The nomination acknowledges the tireless efforts of the library’s staff, volunteers, and board members who contribute to creating an environment where community members can thrive.

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The National Medal: A Symbol of Excellence

The National Medal is the highest accolade bestowed upon museums and libraries that demonstrate exceptional service. It recognizes institutions that go beyond the ordinary, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of their patrons. Mesa County Libraries’ inclusion as a finalist underscores their commitment to community enrichment and their role as a trusted resource.

Celebrating Excellence

In late May, the winners of the National Medal will be announced. Representatives from the winning institutions will be honored during an in-person National Medals Ceremony in Washington, DC, later this summer. Mesa County Libraries’ achievement reflects their dedication to fostering a sense of belonging, promoting lifelong learning, and building a stronger community.

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