Celebrate Chapel Hill Public Library as it competes for a national medal


By Fraser Sherman

The Chapel Hill Public Library is one of 30 finalists nominated for a national medal, making it a great time to celebrate the library on social media.

You can share library stories, memories, photos, and videos on social media using the hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals. This is part of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services Share Your Story campaign in the six weeks leading up to the May announcement of the institute’s medal winners.

The library is the only finalist from North Carolina.  This year’s other finalists include the DC Public Library, the San Diego County Library, Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Children’s Museum of Houston and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The institute has awarded its national medal to multiple libraries and museums every year since 1994.

“I’m incredibly proud of our amazing Chapel Hill Public Library team, who work so hard to truly engage our entire community,” Mayor Jess Anderson said in a press release. “Having served for many years on the Library Advisory Board, I know first-hand the difference it makes for all of us to have this innovative, community-driven organization in Chapel Hill.”

U.S. Rep. Valerie Foushee nominated the Chapel Hill Public Library for the award because of its work promoting literacy, lifelong learning, cultural enrichment and access to information. The institute says anyone can submit a medal nomination. Public and private nonprofit libraries are eligible, as are all types of museums. Members of the institute’s advisory board review the nominations and make recommendations to the institute’s director, who picks the winners.

The institute is the primary federal support agency for U.S. libraries and museums, offering grants, research, and help with policy development. The winners’ representatives will be awarded the medals at a White House ceremony this summer.

Chapel Hill Public Library is one of North Carolina’s busiest libraries, serving more than 60,000 cardholders and circulating more than 1 million items annually.

Fraser Sherman has worked for newspapers, including the Destin Log, the Pensacola News-Journal and the Raleigh Public Record. Born in England, he’d still live in Florida if he hadn’t met the perfect woman and moved to Durham to marry her. He’s the author of several film reference books and has published one novel and several short story collections.
This reporter can be reached at Info@TheLocalReporter.press

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