Braley honors library for national medal

The accolades continue to roll in for the Marshalltown Public Library – a facility that hasn’t even had its fifth birthday yet.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, presented to the library on Thursday framed comments he made about the facility in the Congressional Record. The speech recognized the library for its 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, which it received at the White House in May.

The Marshalltown library is the first library in the state to receive the designation.

Braley said it was a “tremendous honor” for the library to receive this medal. The congressman said he knows the importance libraries have in communities.

“They open up opportunities and they are providing much broader services than we used to think libraries did,” Braley said.

Sarah Rosenblum, director of the library, said the medal is indicative of the hard work of the staff, volunteers and community members. Rosenblum will complete her second year on the job this October.

“This is a great library, a great community,” Rosenblum said. “I have fallen in love with Marshalltown. I’m just thrilled that everybody knows about what a great community and a great library we have.”

Thursday’s event also featured a selection of county and city leaders who were raving about the library.

“They are very worthy of this honor,” said Marshalltown Mayor Tommy Thompson.

The pride in the library also reaches the county level.

“Marshall County is very proud to have a facility like this,” said Denny Grabenbauer, of the board of supervisors.

The library will have a fifth anniversary celebration later this year and Rosenblum doesn’t plan to rest on her laurels.

“We are just going to keep working really hard,” she said.