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February 24, 2016

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Lauren Bordelon
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Terrebonne Parish Library System
an IMLS 2016 National Medal Finalist

Houma, LA-  The Terrebonne Parish Library System announces its distinction as a top fifteen library in the national, as well as its honor as a 2016 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal Finalist.

Each year, library and museums across the country are nominated by community members local, state, or federal representatives. From these nominations, 15 libraries and 15 museums are named as National Medal Finalists. Five of each are chosen to receive the National Medal in early to mid-May.

The Terrebonne Parish Library System was nominated by Congressman Steve Scalise, Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. This is one of many nominations the library has received in previous years, and it is the third time the library has been named a top 15 finalist. 2013 and 2015 were the other years the library appeared as a finalist.

In his nomination, Congressman Scalise spoke of the library system’s viability and vital role in the community. In a statement given Tuesday, Congressman Scalise said, “Throughout the years, the Terrebonne Parish Library System has been a shining example for other libraries across the nation by fostering education for all ages, creating an environment that praises learning and providing a haven for community.  As one of the top 15 libraries in the nation, our library parallels the thriving and innovative character and culture of the entire Houma-Terrebonne region and I want to congratulate the teachers, librarians and local leaders for their tireless work and dedication in building up the well-informed reputation of the Terrebonne Parish Library System.”

Library director Mary Cosper LeBoeuf often states, “A good community is a sign of a good library.” The library truly is the community’s living room, offering both traditional library services such as story times, book clubs, and art classes, as well as “out of the box” programming including robotics, writers conferences, educator training, teen lock-ins, and early literacy outreach. Strong and lasting community partnerships with organizations such as the Terrebonne Parish School District, various Neighborhood Watch groups, homeschooling groups, and the Chamber of Commerce prove this notion to be true, while solidifying the library’s importance as an institution in the community.

The library system is excited to celebrate this honor with the community and people it serves, and looks forward to what the next few weeks of celebrations and anticipation hold.

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