The Institute of Museum and Library Services on Monday, Feb. 25, announced Amazement Square of Lynchburg, Chesterfield County Public Library of Chesterfield County, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center of Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg Regional Library of Williamsburg as National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalists. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year’s finalists exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium and marine science center, conservatory and botanical gardens, county library systems, individual libraries, children’s museums, an art museum, science centers, and more, hailing from across the country.
“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Amazement Square, Chesterfield County Public Library, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and Williamsburg Regional Library as finalists for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the four finalist institutions to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS.  Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring.