Standing out in a state with 39 million people is not an easy thing to do.
California is home to eight of the country’s largest markets, collectively serving a population of 13.5 million people. Spanning two of those markets is Silicon Valley — a region whose very existence often leaves the general public calling into question the need for public libraries.
Yet just up the road is Sacramento Public Library — a library system that exceeds the boundaries of public perception, and does it so well that it was recently recognized by Library Journal
for “setting the pace for libraries.”
As the fourth largest library system in the state of California, it has been serving the Sacramento region for almost 150 years. It has embraced its California roots, weaving technology, invention and innovation into the fabric of the services it provides its communities. Today, the Library is being recognized as one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
"We see the difference we make for the people we serve,” explains Rivkah K. Sass, Sacramento Public Library director. “They share it with us, we see it in their faces. It’s incredible to be nationally recognized for that. We’re honored.”
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is the United States’ highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
Sacramento Public Library is sought-after because of its focus on innovation, the quality of its programming and its commitment to not just provide services, but to meet community members where they need it most, helping them to discover the library in new ways.
Special thanks to Congresswomen Doris Matsui
for nominating Sacramento Public Library for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Services.