On Thursday, May 24, Reading Public Library was awarded the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a ceremony at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.  The library was one of 10 recipients of the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. 

Executive Director Bronwen Gamble and President of the Board of Trustees Nancy Campbell attended the ceremony along with RPL Board representatives Sherry Cameron and Stephanie Towles and community member Luis Rodriguez.

“Our social services attitude really sets us apart,” said Gamble. “It’s about being accessible, inclusive, and a part of our community. We always hear, ‘I had no idea that you did this.’ That’s a thought that we continually like the people of Reading to have.”

The ten winners of the 2018 National Medal – five libraries and five museums – were chosen from 29 finalists. 

[Press Release]

More information about the National Medal can be found here:

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure describes the work of the 2018 recipients of the nation’s top award for community service by museums and libraries.





2018 IMLS National Medal Winners video by HISTORY Network


Luis Rodriguez, a local resident and patron since the age of eight, shares how the library has impacted his life.

IMLS website