New Castle County’s Route 9 Library and Innovation Center was named a finalist for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

This award, given annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, recognizes museums and libraries for service to their communities. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester nominated the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center for this recognition.

“The Route 9 Library and Innovation Center is a testament to a small group of leaders who spoke up powerfully and persistently over many years for this community institution that’s being recognized for its impact today,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “This hub of community life is being used more frequently and in more creative ways than we could have imagined.”

IMLS selects finalists for their significant contributions to their communities, and the award celebrates institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

“The 30 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director 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 U.S.”

New Castle County and IMLS encourages community members who have visited the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center to share their story on social media. To share a story, visit or and use the hashtag #IMLSmedals.

National Medal winners will be announced in the spring.

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