Michigan is well-known for its abundance of writers. But we've got more than just great authors: we've got great libraries!
The Peter White Public Library in Marquette and the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in West Bloomfield have received the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The medals were awarded in December at a White House ceremony. Ten medals in total were given; five of those went to libraries. I would say having two Michigan libraries of only five in the whole country receive medals qualifies as a well-deserved sweep for the Mitten state!
Also, two Michigan libraries recently were awarded star-ratings in the 2010 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. The LJ index is a rating system designed to recognize and promote America's public libraries. Over 7,000 public libraries are scored, but only a small fraction of these receive star-ratings. The Ann Arbor District Library received a 5-star rating, and the Kent District Library received a 3-star rating. Congratulations to these great libraries on their star-ratings!