City of Santa Ana
National Medal for Museum and Library Service Recognizes the Santa Ana Public Library’s Community Contributions
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (April 19, 2016) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Santa Ana Public Library of Santa Ana, California, as one of 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on June 1.
The Santa Ana Public Library has been in service to the City of Santa Ana for 125 years and currently serves 335,264 residents, 79 percent of which are Latinos and 10 percent Asian. Fifty percent of the children enrolled in the local schools are first-generation English learners. Through programming that touches all age groups and demographics, the library’s goal is to improve the community’s collective life. Addressing the needs of the young immigrant families in the community, the library focuses on special programs to mentor youth, families and others to help them bridge the digital divide. Continue reading