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Tuesday February 23, 2016, 5:08 PM

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Community: Santa Ana Public Library named National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalist

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The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We are honored to share that the Santa Ana Public Library has been named as a finalist for the 2016 National Medal award.

This year’s finalists include individual public libraries, university libraries, science, history, and children’s museums, and many other types of institutions that exemplify the great diversity of libraries and museums across the country.

This honor recognizes the contributions of our programs such as the Circle of Mentoring, Dia de los Ninos and numerous technology training opportunities, to Santa Ana. We are grateful for your support and are honored to be recognized as a 2016 finalist.

“As beacons of educational opportunities, resources, and civic and cultural inspiration, museums and libraries provide increasingly essential services to our nation,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We applaud Santa Ana Public Library as a national leader in promoting lifelong learning while engaging and enriching the public.”

The Santa Ana Public Library’s goal is to remain, as it has been for 55 years, a symbol of Santa Ana’s hope that all members of our community will have the opportunity to learn and grow, no matter the age, culture, language, income, or religion of those that come here.

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

As part of the National Medal’s celebration of institutions that are committed to community service, IMLS will feature the finalists on social media platforms and provide an opportunity for you to Share Your Story on the IMLS Facebook page at

Visit the IMLS Facebook page and Share Your Story today!

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit

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