Dear Phoenix Public Library Customers, Partners, and Supporters,
As you know, Phoenix Public Library was recently named as one of only 30 finalists for the 2015 Institute of Museum and Library Services' National Medal. With over 150 museums and libraries across the nation submitting nominations, being a Finalist is an achievement in and of itself.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the 10 National Medal winners, and unfortunately Phoenix Public Library was not chosen. We are understandably disappointed by the news. However what we have learned in this process more than offsets that disappointment. We are humbled by the unbelievable outpouring of support we received as we asked each of you to spread the word of our Finalist status and to share your Library story. We are humbled by the volume of support; over 350 people and organizations either submitted their stories to us or posted their support on the IMLS Facebook page. We are especially humbled by the depth of feeling shared in your stories, and the significant impact Phoenix Public Library's programs, services, and staff has had on the lives of those who cross our threshold.
We deeply appreciate how the City of Phoenix, Mayor Stanton, City Council and upper City Management rallied around our campaign. We are delighted by our affiliates' and community stakeholders' descriptions of how the impact of our partnered programs is raised when we join together. Your support amplified the level of excitement we felt at making Finalist status. You were rooting for us, and that support and energy was most definitely felt by everyone throughout our system.
The criteria for determining a National Medal winner includes a recipient organization being an "…outstanding institution that makes significant and exceptional contributions to their communities…[and] have established themselves as community anchor institutions". Although we were not ultimately selected for this honor, the affirmation we received from each of you tells us that we are serving this purpose. Your voicing that belief in us is an inspiration; one that we cherish and look forward to continuing to foster and nurture.
Attaining Finalist status for the National Medal has reminded me of the powerful impact we can have when we share our stories. In an effort to continue to celebrate and share all of our collective successes, I invite you to view a sampling of the support of our status in the attached video, "Phoenix Public Library – Connecting Phoenix to a World of Possibilities".
On behalf of all of us at Phoenix Public Library, and with tremendous heart felt gratitude, Thank You!