Flint Public Library receives nation’s highest library award

Flint Public Library receives nation’s highest library award

FLINT PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES NATION’S HIGHEST LIBRARY AWARD: First lady Laura Bush presents Jo Anne G. Mondowney, Flint Public Library interim director, and orator Martres Brown, 18, a senior at Northern High School in Flint, MI, with the 2004 National Award For Museum and Library Services as Dr. Robert S. Martin, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), observes at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C. The Flint Public Library (Flint, MI), also given $10,000, was one of six libraries and museums selected for the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service. Among its special programs is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration, which the library has had for 20 years. Brown, active with the library since before kindergarten and a member of Gamma Delta Kudos (sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa educational sorority), co-orates the celebration’s I Have A Dream speech. Other honorees included: Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago, IL); Western Folklife Center, Inc. (Elko, NV); Zoological Society of San Diego (San Diego, CA); Mayaguez Children’s Library (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico); and the Regional Academic Health Center Medical Library of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio). The awards are conferred annually by the IMLS to institutions that have demonstrated a perpetual, long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships.

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