LBPL Wins 2017 National Medal


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Long Beach Public Library as one of ten recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities for 23 years. The award will be presented later this spring at an event in Washington, D.C.

This honor recognizes the contributions of Long Beach Public Library, including its Family Learning Centers, The Studio, Information Center for People with Disabilities, and Special Connect services for families with special needs. Additionally, this award celebrates the significant community partnerships and connections the Long Beach Public Library fosters with collaborators including Long Beach Unified School District, YMCA Early Childhood Education, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Safe Long Beach, Miller Children’s Hospital, United Cambodian Community and Preschool without Walls.

“I am proud that Long Beach is recognized with this very prestigious award,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are strongly committed to finding innovative ways to benefit families and communities; and our amazing Library Services is one of those channels.”

The recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service have employed impactful services that exceed the expected levels of community outreach, in some cases changing the lives of those who enter their doors. The ten winners, five museums and five libraries, were selected from thirty national finalists announced earlier in March.

“It is a great honor to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service for Long Beach Public Library,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “We exist to partner with our Long Beach residents to meet their personal and educational goals. We strive daily to provide exceptional, relevant services, classes and events that will offer countless opportunities for our community to grow and prosper.”

For a complete list of 2017 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal winners, please visit