We are grateful to Congressman Quigley’s office for nominating us for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is one of the most prestigious awards a library can earn. Platitude or not, I am completely sincere when I say that it is a great honor just to be nominated. The nomination recognizes our dedication to our community and the creativity and innovation of our staff in developing programs, services and collections to serve you. I couldn’t be more proud of the staff and of their ability and tenacity in seizing new opportunities to help you to be successful and informed members of that community.
Continuing in our pursuit of finding the best ways to bring you the kind of programs, services and materials you want, we have a few exciting things planned for you in the new year. We will be holding the first of what we hope will become an annual Volunteer Fair in order to put you in touch with organizations in and around our community that would love to have your help. We will also be bringing you the 6th annual LitWorks Teen Book Fest, which brings together young adult authors and teenagers in full-day workshops. We’ll have author visits, Gardening Club outings, investment seminars and more. We’ll also be presenting our brand new online catalog, slated to go live in April.
We find out in the spring whether or not we’ve won the National Medal. It will be an amazing experience if we do win. However, our greatest accomplishment will always be seeing you smile when we help you solve a problem, enjoy a program, learn something new, or – yes, we still love this – find a good book to read. It’s who we are and, medal or no, we are honored to be your Eisenhower Library.