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Desert Museum, Bisbee library awarded highest national honor for service in the community

<i>KGUN via CNN Newsource</i><br/>The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a zoo
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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a zoo

By KGUN 9 News Staff

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    TUCSON, Arizona (KGUN) — The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a zoo, a botanical garden and a natural history museum all in one.

Now, it’s getting the highest recognition from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) — The 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The Desert Museum is one of ten recipients narrowed down from 30 national finalists that displayed excellence in outreach and service to their communities.

KGUN 9 spoke to the Desert Museum’s Executive Director Craig Ivanyi when the the museum was announced as a finalist in the competition.

The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee also made the cut.

“These institutions and their dedicated staff are stepping up to anticipate and meet the needs of their individual communities,” Acting IMLS Director Cyndee Landrum said in the press release.

“From New York to Arizona, these 10 recipients are unparalleled sources of education, health, jobs, and cultural resources, bridging the gaps of distance, resources, and experience for community members.”

The awards will be presented in Washington D.C. this summer. See the rest of the 2024 recipients at the Institute of Museum and Library Services website.

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