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Hartford Library and Wadsworth Poised to Win National Medal

HARTFORD —  On this Valentine’s Day, the Hartford Public Library and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art received a special kind of love–from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

IMLS on Thursday  announced Hartford Library and the Wadsworth Museum as finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. The award as finalists, given to only 33 institutions nationally, celebrates libraries and museums that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

“We are honored to be among the best libraries and museums in the nation,” said Matthew K. Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer. “Thanks to the staff, the board, and the amazing people of Hartford we have created this ‘place like no other’ – a  21st century center for learning and civic engagement.”

Congressman John Larson released a statement about the welcoming news:

“The Wadsworth Atheneum and Hartford Public Library provide a wealth of educational, cultural, and historical resources to communities in Hartford. For years their work has helped countless students, adults, and families who benefit from the programs and tools they offer. I am glad the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized their work in our communities, and wish each of them luck as the winners are chosen in the coming months,” Larson said.

Beginning today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington will begin collecting stories from community members who have visited the Hartford Public Library and have experiences to share about how the Library has made a difference in their lives. The way to share your story, which will be posted on the IMLS Facebook page, is to go to more

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