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Richland Library Named 2016 National Medal Finalist

Shining a spotlight on community fixtures across the country, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is announcing Richland Library as one of the top 15 libraries in the nation. We are a finalist for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor given to that sector.

For 22 years, the award has recognized and celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service that are also making a difference for individuals, families, and entire communities.

Last fiscal year, Richland Library had more than 2.7 million visitors at our 11 locations, and we offered them more than 5,000 programs.

"It's truly an honor to be considered for this prestigious award and be recognized as one of the top institutions in the country," said Melanie Huggins, Richland Library Executive Director. "Libraries aren't amenities. We're necessities, especially in times of crisis, and we will continue to move our communities forward in the future."

Finalists will have to wait until later this spring when the National Medal will be revealed. Representatives from the winning institutions will then travel to Washington, D.C., to be commemorated at the National Medal award ceremony.