First lady Laura Bush will present a national award to the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County this morning at the White House, and Surya Swilley, a home-schooled 12-year-old, plans to be there.
The annual award — from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington — honors three libraries and three museums for extraordinary community service through programs and partnerships.
Library director Charles Brown and Patricia O’Herron Norman, chair of the library’s board of trustees, plan to be at the White House to accept the award.
Brown said the honor “just means so much. I think it’s a recognition of excellent work on the part of the staff and it’s a recognition of outstanding library service to this community.”
IMLS highlighted the library’s partnerships with different groups — including law enforcement and retailers — and the library’s efforts to promote literacy. The library also will receive $10,000 with the award.
Surya said Friday that she was chosen to attend the ceremony because the public library is her second home. She spends time at the Belmont branch, near her house, and at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.
Congratulations to the Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County (a frequent stop for PatriotMom when she is in town!) and to Surya for her individual attention to reading!