Pretend City is a Finalist!

Pretend City Children’s Museum named National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalist

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The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We are honored to share that Pretend City Children’s Museum was named a finalist for the 2018 National Medal award.  

This year’s finalists include public libraries and library systems; a statewide digital library; art, science, and children’s museums; and many other types of institutions that exemplify the great diversity of libraries and museums across the country.  

This honor recognizes the contributions of our Good to Go programs and workshops, developmental screenings, and outreach to our undeserved community. We are grateful for your continued support, and are honored to be recognized as a 2018 finalist. 

“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.” 

“We at Pretend City are honored to be nominated for our contribution back to our community through our Good To Go From Head To Toe Program, a Children & Families Commission initiative,” said Sandra Bolton, Executive Director of Pretend City.

National Medal winners will be announced this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at a ceremony on May 24 in Washington, D.C. 

As part of the National Medal’s celebration of institutions, IMLS will feature the finalists on the IMLS Facebook or Twitter pages, and provide an opportunity for you to #ShareYourStory about how Pretend City Children’s Museum has made a difference in your life. 

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 libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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