Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester Public Library is a finalist for a prestigious honor.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the Rochester library is one of 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service.

The Rochester library is the only one from Minnesota to make the final cut.

“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”

National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will receive their medals at a ceremony on May 24 in Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations.

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