Oak Park Public Library nominated for national library award

The Oak Park Public Library has been nominated by U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Chicago, for a 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The awards is granted each year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Washington, D.C.-based group that honors institutions demonstrating extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding expected levels of community outreach.

“We are honored to be considered for this prestigious, national award,” said David J. Seleb, executive director of the 110-year-old public library. “Serving our community by fostering literacy, lifelong learning, and a love of reading are essential to who we are and what we do, both for and with our community,” Seleb said.

In 2013, the library system recorded nearly 48,000 program visits, more than 781,000 building visits, and 784,000 website visits. Annual circulation topped more than 1.3 million items.

Following up on its nomination, the library will submit a form and three letters of recommendation from community representatives by the Oct. 15 deadline. Winners will be announced in spring 2015.

“We see how libraries are transforming, and how our communities are changing,” Seleb added. “To continue to deliver community value, we know it is important for us to be leaders in that change.”

Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service was received by the following museums and libraries in May.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.;

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.; Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.; Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.;

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C; Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.; Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla; and Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.

Learn more at http://www.imls.gov/about/medals.aspx

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