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STRATHAM, N.H. (March 5, 2018) - The Wiggin Memorial Library is among 14 library finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor given to museums and libraries for service in the community, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C.

“We were honored to be nominated for this prestigious award, and thrilled to be selected as a finalist,” said library director Lesley Kimball.

Nomination documents and support letters noted the Wiggin Memorial Library’s dedication to building community through programs, involvement in town government and local organizations, and outreach to schools, special needs residents, veterans, and people of all ages. Pat Abrami, a New Hampshire State Representative, wrote in his letter of support: “[The staff and board members] all exude the highest level of enthusiasm for what the library has become and the services it offers. Even though supporting a town of only 7,200, this library rivals any big city library when it comes to what it offers its citizens.”

Other letters noted the library’s vibrant Girls Who Code program, the dedication of a flag flown over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom to the library for its support and services to military families and veterans, and especially the caring, innovative, knowledgeable, and service-oriented staff who create the atmosphere and services that Stratham residents value.  

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the medal’s 29 finalists on March 5. Finalists include 14 libraries and 15 museums.

“We are proud to be listed among the best of the best,” said library Board of Trustees Chairperson Lee Beauregard. “For Stratham’s public library to be honored alongside the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, the Pueblo City-County Library District, and the remaining finalists is a testament to the value our small library adds to the community and the real, lasting impact we have on the quality of life in our town.”

The Wiggin Memorial Library encourages all to participate in the #ShareYourStory campaign on social media outlets through the months of March and April. Anyone with a story to tell about the Wiggin Memorial Library and the role it plays in their lives is invited to share comments, pictures, and tag IMLS on Facebook and Twitter using the #ShareYourStory hashtag. IMLS will be celebrating the excellent community work of all the finalists during March and April and we hope that you will join in.

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 approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our 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 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.