Kent District Library Recognized as a 2024 Recipient of the Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor

National Medal for Museum and Library Service Recognizes KDL’s Community Contributions

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Kent District Library has received the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given for making significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

Kent District Library was one of five public library award recipients, representing institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.       

Over the past 30 years, the award has celebrated institutions like KDL that are making a difference for individuals, families and communities. 

“IMLS is delighted to announce the 10 recipients of the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service,” said IMLS Acting Director Cyndee Landrum. “These institutions and their dedicated staff are stepping up to anticipate and meet the needs of their individual communities. From New York to Arizona, these 10 recipients are unparalleled sources of education, health, jobs, and cultural resources, bridging the gaps of distance, resources, and experience for community members. We look forward to honoring their accomplishments in Washington, DC, this summer!”

This recognition highlights KDL’s accomplishments in providing service to people who experience barriers to access and partnering with organizations throughout the community. Examples include providing talking book and Braille services, helping hundreds of people enjoy high-caliber cultural events who would otherwise not have the means to do so, offsetting the “summer slide” in learning that occurs when students are between school years through STEAM-based activities, offering an Express Library in a community requesting greater library access and more.   

“Being awarded the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service by IMLS is an affirmation of the commitment to learning, connection and growth that defines KDL,” said Executive Director Lance Werner. “We are dedicated to removing barriers to access and furthering all people in the wonderful communities we serve. We are honored to accept this award on behalf of our 341 amazing team members who serve Kent County residents with dedication and passion.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony this summer in Washington, DC. For a complete list of 2024 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal awardees, visit the IMLS website.

Last fall, KDL received the Jerry Kline Community Impact Award and is reinvesting the $250,000 in prize money into the community in two different ways — by supporting library expansion projects and establishing a scholarship fund.

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