Dakota County Library is honored to be selected as a finalist for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this award is the nation's highest honor for libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
This nomination recognizes Dakota County Library's commitment to cultivate community, creativity and learning. Some of our recent work to support this mission includes:
- Ensuring the library is a place for all abilities — whether you have a disability or not. We created Calming Spaces where customers can take a break and self-regulate during library visits. We also developed Social Narratives that can help individuals learn what to expect when visiting the library, and Accessibility Kits with sensory tools that can be used while at the library.
- Challenging inequity and elevating conversation and learning around the issues of race, inclusion and belonging. We continue offering programs that highlight diverse experiences and perspectives. We also recognize our ongoing responsibility to build staff skills and practices rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion so we can continue to serve our residents by providing access, opportunity and connection.
- Providing responsive, innovative services during the pandemic including Curbside Pick-up, Books by Mail and virtual programming. As the need for reliable internet access became crucial in the community for work and school, the library offered expanded Wi-Fi access as well as Chromebook Kits and Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community alongside our partners and pledge to continue our work in shaping Dakota County Library as catalyst, connector and partner to empower residents and help build a successful community.
Learn more about the 2021 National Medal and view the full list of finalists.