BBG Named Finalist For 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Release Date: 3/3/2014

Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, as announced today by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, salutes institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910 as one of the first urban botanic gardens in the world, with a mission to connect people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the natural world. Toward this end, the Garden maintains a strong commitment to community and youth education through hands-on learning.

Says Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), “On behalf of the people of central Brooklyn, I congratulate Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which has been named a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Since my childhood, I have enjoyed visiting the botanic garden, a place where the families and children of Brooklyn have an opportunity to experience the splendors of nature, learn about horticulture, and play in the sunshine. The support for this institution—from both elected officials and the public—demonstrates its importance to the community we share. Know that we will continue to support you in the future.”

In 2014, BBG celebrates the centennial of its Children’s Garden, the oldest continually operating community garden for children in the nation, which launched the Garden’s renowned education program. BBG’s founding investment in its community’s children was revolutionary for its time, and it is emblematic of the Garden’s continued commitment to lifelong learning and environmental stewardship. Today, BBG reaches tens of thousands of children and adults annually through classes, workshops, community gardens, urban greening initiatives, youth development programs, supplementary science in-school programs, city-wide and regional teacher training, internship opportunities, and summer programs, and other partnerships.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services encourages those who have visited Brooklyn Botanic Garden or other finalist institutions to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To participate, visit facebook.com/USIMLS. To learn more about the 2014 National Medal finalists, visit imls.gov/medals. The 2014 National Medal winners will be announced this spring and will participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, DC.

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 17,500 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 imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2013’s winners, 132 institutions have received this honor, and additional institutions will be awarded in 2014.

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