Do you frequent the Hartford Public Library? If so, share your story TODAY on the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Facebook page:


The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. The award as finalist, given to only 33 institutions nationally, celebrates libraries and museums that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.  I have relied on Hartford Public Library’s extensive research section supporting grantseekers, and hope to see the institution shine on this national platform.

Happily for Connecticut, it is not alone!  The Wadsworth Atheneum is also a finalist for the 2013 National Medal.

More information on both institutions can be found at:


Susan Hildreth, director of the IMLS,“this year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve.”  The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  To learn more, please see .