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Louisville's library recognized for improving lives of citizens

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and Metro Louisville have been named the first place recipient of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal.

The Louisville Library system and Metro Louisville won first place and $10,000. The grant will go to the library.

The award recognizes communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create lifelong learners and library users.

Third graders from Cochran, Engelhard and Lincoln Elementary Schools were on hand to help celebrate. 

The award recognizes the library's engagement with the community in programs like the Cultural Pass and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge. 

"It shows nationally we're being recognized as a city of learning which is of course a tremendous thing," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "If you're learning, that means you've got skills for jobs and entrepreneurships and you're going to grow."

The national publication Library Journal picks one community to win the award each year. The Louisville Free Public Library and its community partners will be featured on the cover of the April issue of Library Journal.

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