A Bookworm's Journey: Book Spine Poet
April 27, 2014
Did you hear the fantastic news?
MCPL won the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service!!
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recognizes five libraries and five museums each year for their unique contributions to the communities they serve. Isn’t it wonderful?!
Well, this bookworm thinks that it’s…it’s …SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!!
To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, the Woodneath Library Center set out this interactive display. They encourage customers to make “book spine poetry.” That inspired me to deliver poetic “book bouquets” to the MCPL Branches left on my list.
I delivered that first book bouquet to the Grandview Branch. Ms. Karen gave me my very own blue MCPL shirt! Thank you!
I took the next display to the MCPL Red Bridge Branch location. Read the book titles to decipher my poetic messages…
That means, out of all the libraries in the United States, over 100 were nominated for this national medal...15 libraries made it to the finalist round...and five were chosen.
Your Mid-Continent Public Library will be awarded this distinguished honor on Thursday, May 8th in Washington D.C. at a White House ceremony. I think that is….
(This selection was delivered to the South Independence Branch.)
Two special library leaders and a community member representative will accept this medal on behalf of all the MCPL librarians and staff. Steven Potter is the MCPL Library Director and Brent Schodelmeyer is our Board President. They were invited by Mrs. Michelle Obama to the White House IMLS Ceremony to accept our nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums.
(I just love that Riverside Branch teddy bear. Have you met Buddy?)
The librarians and staff at MCPL have made a significant and exceptional contribution to our communities, from Dearborn to Lone Jack…Weston to Oak Grove…Kearney to Grandview…and all the branches in between. They continue to exceed our expectations as patrons and deserve to be recognized for the positive impact they have had on the lives of so many patrons...and bookworms.
A community member, Alicia Moore, was chosen to represent MCPL customers at the awards ceremony. Alicia wrote a letter to Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to nominate MCPL for this medal. Alicia invited me to join her family on their adventure. This will be such a fantastic honor! Maybe, I will even get a chance to visit the Library of Congress! It is the largest library in the world. (Just think of all those tasty bookmarks!)
I rounded up some of my friends for a V.I.C. (Very Important Character) flash mob to say thank you to our MCPL!
Millicent Charlotte Petunia L.