June 16, 2014

2013 Network Library of the Year

New Hampshire Talking Books named 
Network Library of the Year;
Gov. Hassan to proclaim June 23-29 
“NH Talking Books Week”

The New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Books Services division has been named the 2013 Network Library of the Year by the Library of Congress’ National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped section.
In recognition of this achievement, Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to issue a proclamation naming June 23-29, 2014 “New Hampshire Talking Books Week.”
 “Public libraries are truly one of the cornerstones of our communities and our democracy, offering a world of information to citizens and requiring only a thirst for knowledge to gain access,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said.
 “By expanding access to reading materials for New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably, the New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Books Services helps build on that important mission. Being named 2013 Network Library of the Year is a well-deserved honor, and I thank New Hampshire Talking Books for its outstanding work to build on New Hampshire’s longstanding tradition of inclusiveness and strengthen our communities and our state.”
Each year, the Network Library of the Year award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a library in the United States and its territories that serves blind and disabled individuals. A committee of librarians and consumer-organization representatives chooses finalists from among the nominated libraries; National Library Services (NLS) network regional conference chairs recommend final selections to the NLS director.

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