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West Virginia library honored with top national award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A public library in West Virginia was honored as one of six libraries and museums nationwide that made great contributions to their communities.

Cabell County Public Library in Huntington received the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services is the highest honor for “institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities,” the program’s website says.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday he nominated the library for the award for its service to the community during the pandemic. The facility has provided wireless internet access from the exterior of the building to help students during remote learning.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabell County Public Library continued to provide West Virginians with quality broadband access through hotspots that allowed those studying and working at home to keep up as schools, businesses, and healthcare went virtual,” he said in a statement.

Karen Goff, the West Virginia State Librarian, said the library “has long set the gold standard” in the state.

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