HUNTINGTON – While the Marshall University men’s soccer team was honored on Tuesday for winning the national championship, the Cabell County Public Library also received national attention.
“We are very honored to have been named the recipient of the National Medal for Library Service,” said Judy Rule, Director of the Library. “This week is full of good news for Huntington with Marshall’s men’s soccer team winning the national title and the public library winning the national medal. We are so proud of our library, our community and our state.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced on Tuesday that the library is one of six recipients of the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 27 years, the award has celebrated institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities, the organization said in a press release.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to honor these six recipients of the 2021 National Medal of Museums and Libraries Service,” ILSD Director Crosby Kemper said in the statement. “Through their programs, services and community relations, these institutions exemplify the continued excellence of our countries’ museums and libraries across the country, as well as their extraordinary efforts over the past year to serve, heal and heal us. bring together.
Selected from 30 national finalists, the 2021 National Medal for Museums and Library Services winners represent institutions that deliver dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service, the statement said.
“Through their community outreach, these institutions are making changes that affect the lives of individuals and help communities thrive,” Kemper added.
The library was nominated for the award by US Senator Joe Manchin.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabell County Public Library continued to provide Western Virginians with quality broadband access through hotspots that allowed those studying and working from home to keep pace with schools, businesses and healthcare going virtual. As a result of these innovative efforts, I nominated the Cabell County Public Library for this award, and I am delighted that they were selected for their incredible service to their community, ”said Manchin, DW.Va. “Congratulations to the Cabell County Public Library on being selected for the highest national honor for libraries. This recognition is well deserved. “
“It’s really great to be a part of such a great company of amazing libraries and museums,” Ms. Rule said Tuesday. “It means a lot to be the second West Virginia State Library to be so honored.”
Rule added that the Cabell County Public Library has provided exemplary service to his community for years.
“Since 1967, when local law was passed which established the Cabell County Public Library and funding was mandated from property taxes, the library could begin planning for over a year at a time.” , she said. “The structure of the Library Board with five people appointed by three entities has ensured that these entities work together to improve the service of the library. The library works hard to cooperate with these entities and to create and promote library services that meet the goals and needs of the community.
She said the library serves as a service center library for Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne counties.
“We share a computer system, and books and other materials are shared among all the libraries,” Rule said.
The Tri-State Literacy Council is located in the Cabell County Public Library. It serves Cabell, Mingo, and Wayne counties, as well as Lawrence County, Ohio.
Rule said the Cabell County Public Library was the first library in West Virginia to have an online catalog and the first to have a website.
“The staff are very active within the West Virginia Library Association and have provided many chairs to this association, and one of them is currently serving in this capacity,” she said.
“There are very active summer reading programs for kids and adults with in-house programs starting to take place,” she added.
Karen Goff, West Virginia State Librarian, said, “The Cabell County Public Library has long been the benchmark for public library service in West Virginia. Judy Rule and her staff are ready to experiment, innovate and support. They do so with confidence and then share the results with other libraries in the Western County and State area. I am delighted that the Cabell County Public Library’s service commitment has been recognized with the National Museum and Library Service Medal.
The winner of the National Medal for the Library Service Award will be presented at a virtual ceremony in July.