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Bisbee library, Tucson museum recognized with Institute of Museum and Library Services medals

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized two Arizona mainstays for their work in the communities they serve. 

The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum outside Tucson were two of the 10 museums and libraries granted the highest honor they could receive. 

Jason Macoviak manages the Copper Queen Library.

"We’re just so happy to be able to share this with the Bisbee community and our extended library family," he said.

The national medal is given to institutions whose local outreach helps communities thrive. 

“This award validates what we’ve known to be true: the 7th Congressional District of Arizona is home to world class museums and library services,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva who nominated both for the award. “I congratulate the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Copper Queen Library on this well-deserved honor. I am proud to represent and support these beloved institutions that serve as critical gathering spaces for our community, repositories of knowledge, and cornerstones of learning in Southern Arizona.”

In 2019, the Bisbee library was deemed the  best small library in America.

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Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.