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Cedar Rapids Public Library honored at national ceremony

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library received national honors this week at a ceremony recognizing the best libraries across the country.

The eastern Iowa library was selected as one of just 10 honorees for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service at the National Medal Ceremony at the National Archives Monday in Washington, D.C.

The library's director Dara Schmidt accepted the award, along side community member Hassan Selim -- who spoke about how the library has influenced his life since emigrating to Cedar Rapids from Egypt.

"I don’t have words to describe how I feel when I walk in the library but I continue to see its value and the impact it has on me and my community on a daily basis,” said Selim.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library was selected from a group of 30 finalists for the honor. The award recognizes libraries that have an impact in their communities "through excellent programs, services, outreach, and partnerships that go beyond what is expected."

Other 2017 National Medal winners include libraries in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, South Carolina, Minnesota and Maine. 

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