NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY TO RECEIVE NATION'S HIGHEST HONOR
"Nashville deserves a great library, and this award is proof we've got the best in the country."
November 16, 2010
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) congratulated the Nashville Public Library on its selection for the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries awarded to institutions that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Five museums and five libraries are chosen each year to receive the award which is presented by The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS). Cooper nominated the Nashville Public Library for this prestigious award.
“Nashville deserves a great library and this award is proof we’ve got the best in the country,” said Congressman Jim Cooper. “Donna Nicely and her team deserve tremendous credit for leading our library through tough times without compromising excellence. I am proud to have the only congressional office in America located in a public library, so our rent helps keep our library strong.”
The Nashville Public Library is a leader in efforts to continually improve and enrich our city. The library connects with the Nashville community through outreach and public programming that is educational and fun. The 264,958 active cardholders accurately mirror the community’s diversity. For at-risk children, the library uses its vast collection of marionettes to present the program Bringing Books to Life at local Head Start centers. Children are treated to a marionette-performed story time, and teachers and parents witness how information is retained when there is engagement and visual stimulation.
For more information, visit the IMLS website .