I wanted to find great, award-winning libraries and museums. So I looked up various awards programs run by professional societies. Here are some of the lists I found:

 

American Alliance of Museums

Tons of award programs are listed here: http://aam-us.org/about-us/grants-awards-and-competitions

The most relevant to this website include the following awards:

 

Institute of Museum and Library Service

“The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships.” This award seems to be sponsored by the First Lady of The United States

 

Library Journal

 

American Library Association

There are tons of awards given out by the ALA, as seen here:  http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/prec?showfilter=no

Still looking through this list to find ones that involve great children’s book sections and lasting programming. Most of the awards seem to be given to individuals who are doing outstanding work in libraries.

 

State Library Association Awards

Other articles, programs, and awards that may signify excellent publically accessible educational facilities

 

And a good article on the topic of why our childrens museums and libraries are so important, with lots of local examples

“Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners” (2013)

 

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