Exciting News for Otis Library and Norwich!

On June 1, 2016 at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, honored outstanding museums and libraries with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  Otis Library was one of ten institutions from across the country that attended the White House ceremony to receive the highest award given to museums and libraries for service to the community.  In addition to the museum and library directors, a member of the community of each recognized institution participated in the ceremony and shared how the institution has impacted his or her life.


2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients:

·         Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

·         The Chicago History Museum (Chicago, Ill.)

·         Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, S.C.)

·         Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children (Gulfport, Miss.)

·         Madison Public Library (Madison, Wis.)

·         Mid-America Science Museum (Hot Springs, Ark.)

·         North Carolina State University Libraries (Raleigh, N.C.)

·        Otis Library (Norwich, Conn.)

·         Santa Ana Public Library (Santa Ana, Calif.)

·         Tomaquag Museum (Exeter, R.I.)


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.  Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.  Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.