WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Tuesday applauded the announcement that New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) was named one of the 10 recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Earlier this year, Murphy nominated the NHFPL for this award—the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on June 12. Over the past 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“This is great news. This award is a true testament to the innovative work the New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) is providing for the New Haven community. I nominated NHFPL for this award because of their unmatched commitment and service to Connecticut residents, and for going above and beyond to offer 21st century programming to fit the diverse needs of the New Haven community. I’m excited that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized them with the 2019 National Medal they rightfully deserve,” said Murphy, who nominated NHFPL for this honor.
“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”
“We are thrilled to receive this award, which honors our 132-year legacy and early attributes that still ring true today: a welcoming front door for all, a fighting spirit to serve as the people’s university, a catalyst for civic improvement, a drive to innovate tempered by fiscal restraint, and a love of humanity,” said Martha Brogan, City Librarian and Director of NHFPL.
The New Haven Free Public Library first opened its doors to all in 1887 as a community pillar of learning, exploration and inspiration. Through citizen engagement, inclusive growth, and equity of access to resources and opportunities, NHFPL welcomes more than 850,000 visitors annually through our front doors and digital portals. Together with the Mayor, Board of Alders, Board of Directors, NHFPL Foundation, scores of partners and our community, NHFPL proudly builds connections as one city with one future.
Selected from 30 national finalists, the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.
Following the June 12th ceremony in Washington, D.C., StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit NHFPL and provide an opportunity for New Haven community members to share stories of how NHFPL has affected their lives. These stories are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.