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March 20, 2017
Terrebonne Parish Library System recognized as Finalist for 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
HOUMA, LOUISANA– The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that Terrebonne Parish Library System is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for their commitment to providing programs and services that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We salute them and their valuable work in providing educational opportunities to their community and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”
“The Terrebonne Parish Library is honored to be a National Medal finalist. Our library system is all about our wonderful community: its needs, education, recreation, and entertainment. The library board of control and staff are dedicated to continuing to make this library one of the best in this country,” said library director Mary LeBoeuf.
Programs such as the annual Jambalaya Writers’ Conference and Terrebonne Comic Con, which brought over 1,000 people into the Main branch in 2016, have become staples in the community. Other branches are also hosting innovative programs that speak directly to the people they serve, such as East Houma’s Cinco de Mayo celebration and the North Branch’s teen Zombie lock-in.
Finalists are chosen for the exceptional contributions they have made in their communities. IMLS encourages community members who visited Terrebonne Parish Library to share their story April 20 on the IMLS Facebook page. This provides an outlet for those who have been personally transformed through the services provided by the Terrebonne Parish Library to share their experiences in their own words. To Share Your Story, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS.
The National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. The representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.
About the Terrebonne Parish Library System
The Terrebonne Parish Library System is comprised of nine separate library branches, each of which serve a distinctive community in the parish: Main, North, East Houma, Bourg, Montegut, Chauvin, Dulac, and Dularge. Part of the library system’s mission is to “to provide to all segments of Terrebonne Parish’s diverse population a comprehensive collection of library resources and services necessary to satisfy the evolving informational needs and recreational pursuits of the community.”
Each branch participates in programs for children, teens, and adults, activities that are community-based and are used to serve a specific population. East Houma is a proud educational hub for Terrebonne Parish’s growing Hispanic community, Dulac rich in Native American culture and Dularge a haven, a safe zone for senior citizens. To learn more, visit mytpl.org. Follow the Terrebonne Parish Library System on Facebook for regular updates on library news and events.