Flint Public Library finalist for national award

FLINT (WJRT) - (3/12/2019) - The Flint Public Library is one of 30 finalist for a prestigious national award.

The 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation's highest honor given for community service.

In a written statement, Flint Public Library leaders says they applied for the award to show the true spirit of Vehicle City.

"We are extremely proud of this city, and of the way our community demonstrates resilience and strength through adversity," says Kay Schwartz, Director of Library Services. "We applied for this award because we wanted to showcase Flint. Not the Flint that the national media portrays, but the true, committed, gritty and determined Flint. The Library has struggled right alongside our residents through declining property values, the water crisis, and more. But we are turning the corner, and the Library is helping to lead the way."

"We thank the many community leaders who lent their voice of support to our application," says Linda Pylypiw, President of the Board of Trustees. "We are honored to accept this finalist nomination on behalf of this community, which has steadfastly voted to support this institution and continues to count on us every day."

The list will be narrowed down to 10 winners later this spring.