- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Children’s Museum is among 10 museums and libraries from coast to coast being awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the national Institute of Museum and Library Services said Tuesday.

The medal, to be presented May 18 in Washington, recognizes extraordinary and innovative public service, according to a news release.

The Louisiana museum is being honored for community programs which focus on early childhood development, resiliency building, family literacy, parenting and other critical life skills, the institute said.

The 10 winners were chosen from 30 finalists.

Other honorees are: the Los Angeles Public Library; the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York; the New York Hall of Science in Queens; Amazement Square in Lynchburg, Virginia; the Cecil County Public Library in Eklton, Maryland; the Craig Public Library in Arkansas; the Embudo Valley Library and Community Center in Dixon, New Mexico and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the main source of federal grants for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

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