The Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has received three 2021 National Association of Counties (NACo) achievement awards for for outstanding programs in 2021.
Since 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards have recognized county government innovations, and are given in 18 different categories that reflect the comprehensive services counties provide, including financial management, county administration, information technology, health, and civic engagement.
“Montgomery County Public Libraries receiving three NACo Achievement Awards is a testament to the innovative and creative ways they have continued to provide services to our Montgomery County residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “I am very pleased that all branches have now reopened to the public and appreciate our MCPL team continuing to provide much needed resources and programming to our community members.”
According to a County press release:
The NACo award-winning MCPL programs and initiatives include the following:
- Virtual Programming @MCPL: Designed and implemented virtual programming at MCPL to expand access to early literacy resources; to strengthen workforce development; and to present topical, relevant community engagement programming for residents of Montgomery County.
- Holds to Go!: Provided customers cost-free “contactless” borrowing of physical library materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Books & Food Sites: In partnership with Manna and Montgomery County Public Schools, MCPL distributed books to children at food giveaway sites.