Marathon Public Library named finalist for 2021 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service 

MARATHON — The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced last Thursday that Marathon Public Library is among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Marathon Public Library is the only institution in Texas selected as a finalist for this award.

“Marathon Public Library is honored to be recognized for the services it provides to a community that values its public library,” said Board President Erin Albright. “This nomination highlights the dedication and hard work of our staff who work with many individuals and community partners to create innovative, engaging programs that have a deep and long-lasting impact on our community.”

“We are so fortunate that our patrons and visitors support our library in so many ways. They are committed to our children, teen and adult programs. They enjoy the breadth and depth of our collections, and they depend on the library for technology services that help bridge the digital divide,” said Albright. “It is truly our patrons who inspire our staff, volunteers and board members to keep our community connected to the world.”

To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging Marathon Public Library’s community members to share stories, memories, pictures, and videos on social media on Friday, April 16, 2021, as part of the Share Your Story campaign, using the #IMLSmedals hashtag, and engage with IMLS on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, please visit the IMLS website.

“We are celebrating not only the ongoing excellence of the best of our museums and libraries, but their extraordinary efforts through the pandemic, the recession, the racial justice protests and national divisions to serve, heal and bring together our communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper.

National Medal winners will be announced in late spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during a virtual National Medal Ceremony this summer.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.