Oh, frabjous day!
Every day is a great day to work at Sacramento Public Library, but some days really are better than others! Recently, that wonderful day was the day we heard we were one of 30 finalists
for the National Medal for Library & Information Service. This is a huge honor for our Library and for our community. If awarded to us, it’s something we all will share and celebrate.
Thus, it’s a little ironic that we are a finalist for a medal that would be awarded by an agency that might be eliminated in the federal budget. While we understand budget priorities, we also believe that public libraries are essential community anchors. We make a difference in the lives of so many, from the youngest children
who need to grow up loving to learn and ready to read, to adults who suffered educational trauma and are now enrolled in high school
, to our veterans who often are unaware of the services and benefits
they have earned.
Since 2010, Sacramento Public Library has received more than $1 million in grant funds that have supported these and so many other creative initiatives allowing us to better serve our community. Initiatives like the I Street Press
, our community publishing center, and the Library of Things, which allows patrons to check out sewing machines, musical instruments and Go-Pro cameras. All of these grants have helped Sacramento earn that national recognition. We want to see the Institute of Museum and Library Services
survive, thrive and help libraries excel. We hope you do as well.