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Amazement Square finalist for 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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Amazement Square, Lynchburg's children's museum, was announced as a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist on March 3, 2014. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced finalists on Monday for the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community.

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This year marks the 20th year of the National Medal, celebrating museums, libraries and institutions making a difference for individuals, families and communities across the country.

Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to public service and rise above the expected levels of community outreach.

“Museums and libraries serve as civic gathering places, bringing together individuals in pursuit of educational resources, community connections, skills development, and multifaceted lifelong learning,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We are very proud to announce Amazement Square as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal. This year’s National Medal finalists illustrate the many ways museums and libraries can excite lifelong learning and civic engagement.”

Some of the other finalists this year include an aquarium, conservatory and botanical gardens, a university library, public libraries, art museums, science centers and other children’s museums.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites community members who have visited Amazement Square to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring. Including 2013 winners, 132 institutions have received this award, and 10 finalists will receive the award in 2014.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

Visit Amazement Square Tuesday through Sunday. The children's museum, located at 27 Ninth Street in downtown Lynchburg, offers hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

Amazement Square is a favorite among Lynchburg's family activities in our family. Check out Family Fun Night on the second Saturday each month from 4-7 p.m. at Amazement Square.