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Bell Whittington Public Library a Finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Services

2013 February 19
by Katherine Adelberg

National Medal for Museum and Library ServicePortland Texas’ Bell Whittington Public Library, recently honored as one of Library Journal’s top finalists for Best Small Library in America for 2013,  has also been announced as one of the finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make a difference in the lives of families, individuals, and communities.

In late April, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will announce the ten annual winners at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C.   Winners will receive a $5,000 award as well as national acclaim for their library or museum.  The winners will also be visited by StoryCorps, an organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing stories of American life.  The busy Bell Whittington Public Library is a strong finalist, especially noted for their outreach, and the excellent services they provide to their small community of just over 15,000.

Those familiar with the nominated libraries and museums are encouraged to share their stories on the IMLS Facebook page,  To learn more about the National Medal award, visit




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