First lady presents award
First lady Michelle Obama presented the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Services to representatives of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in a recent ceremony at the White House. Susan H. Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, joined the first lady in presenting the award to Museum Director Michael Mares and community member Ernesto Vargas. The National Medal is the highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.
Library amnesty week announced
The Pioneer Library System is giving cardholders a chance to get a “clean start” on their overdue books. The 11 branch libraries in the system will host Library Fine Amnesty Week from May 27 through June 7. During that time, cardholders can return overdue books and all fines for the books will be waived. Also, cardholders will have a chance to replace a worn out library card with a new one at no charge, a service that normally costs $1 per card. The goal of the amnesty week is to prevent families from feeling they can’t participate in the Summer Reading Program due to fines on their accounts. Amnesty does not apply to lost books or fines that already have been turned over to a collection agency.
NAIC to host block party
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