"We are honored that Boston Children's Museum has been chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award," said Carole Charnow, President and CEO. "For the past 100 years we have been a community convener helping families to discover the power of play and are pleased to be included among this impressive group of museums and libraries."
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year's finalists exemplify the nation's great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium and marine science center, conservatory and botanical gardens, county library systems, individual libraries, children's museums, an art museum, science centers, and more, hailing from across the country.
"Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Boston Children's Museum as a finalist for the 2013 National Medal," said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "This year's finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve."
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Boston Children's Museum to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring.
To Share Your Story, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS. To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit www.imls.gov/medals.
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