The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced
The Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson, MS today as one of six
recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the
nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant
and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 27 years,
the award has celebrated institutions that are making a difference for
individuals, families, and communities.
“It is an honor and pleasure to honor these six recipients of the 2021
National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” said IMLS Director Crosby
Kemper. “Through their programs, services, and community relationships,
these institutions exemplify the ongoing excellence of our nations’ museums
and libraries across the country, as well as their extraordinary efforts this
past year to serve, heal, and bring us together. We look forward to
celebrating them, as well as paying tribute to the hardworking staff at all
American museums and libraries this summer.”
Selected from 30 national finalists, the 2021 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.
“We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized as one of the six
recipients (three museums and three libraries) in the country to receive the
National Medal for Museum and Library Service, which is the nation’s
highest honor for museums and libraries. This prestigious recognition of our
efforts to improve outcomes for Mississippi’s children is a strong validation
for the innovative efforts of our team and our community,” said Susan
Garrard, MCM President.
The award will be presented at a virtual ceremony in July. For a complete list
of 2021 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal winners, visit
the IMLS website.