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Connect Ohio Applauds Columbus Metropolitan Library’s National Medal for Community Service Award

Connect Ohio congratulates Columbus Metropolitan Library on its award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Columbus, Oh. (November 3, 2011) – Connect Ohio is pleased to congratulate the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), on receiving The National Medal for Community Service.

The award issued last Tuesday, October 25, in Washington, D.C., by the Institute of Museums and Library Service (IMLS), named CML one of this year’s 10 winners. The award is considered the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.

Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. CML was recognized for its job help centers, homework help centers and Ready to Read Corps, all of which help to make a difference in the lives of people in the community. Patrick Losinski, executive director of CML, highlighted the library’s partnerships for its ability to do this work. Connect Ohio was noted as a CML community partner through its Every Citizen Online (ECO) program.

“I’m always humbled by our national recognition for the work we do at CML,” said Losinski, “Humbled because it is this community’s good faith and deep love for this library that allows us to be great.”

CML is a sub-recipient of Connect Ohio’s ECO grant and participates in holding ECO basic computer training classes.

“Congratulations to CML--this recognition comes as no surprise,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio, “CML continues to be our best performing ECO sub-recipient. We offer a special thanks to Steve Hipes, CML team leader and ECO project manager, and his team of dedicated staff.”

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