Sen. Kowall honors West Bloomfield Township Public Library

LANSING — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library was honored by the Michigan Senate Thursday, said Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, who presented the library director with a special Senate tribute.

The library recently received the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries.

“It was a privilege to highlight the tremendous achievement of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library and its staff,” Kowall said. “They deserve recognition for the good work they do.”

Clara N. Bohrer, library director, and community member, Cameron Thomas-Shah, were presented the award at a White House ceremony late last year by first lady Michelle Obama.

At the award presentation, Obama stated, “You are an integral part of your community … as you strive every day to meet the needs of the people who walk through your doors. And that’s particularly true in time of challenge and crisis, when you offer vital services, stepping up to be there for folks when they need you the most.”

West Bloomfield was one of only five libraries in the United States to receive the 2010 national medal. The medal is given to libraries and museums that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and inclusiveness, which exceed accepted standards for community outreach.

“Our great country has more than 123,000 public, school, academic and special libraries and only five, including the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, were chosen for this prestigious award,” Kowall said.

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Editor’s note: A photograph of Sen. Kowall recognizing the West Bloomfield Township Public Library is available by clicking on the photo above, or on the senator’s photowire at: www.senate.michigan.gov/senators/photowire.asp?District=15.