Congratulations to the Belgrade Community Library for being named the best small library in America! The Belgrade Library competed against other libraries serving areas with less than 25,000 people and beat every single one. After being named the Montana Library of the year in 2011, the Belgrade Community Library decided to take on the nation as well—and won.
In its application, the library described itself as an institution that has had to adapt to a fast shifting Belgrade. The library helped itself adapt to a growing Belgrade through its hard work with several programs designed to better serve its population. In 2008, the library hired a vista volunteer, who helped establish programs aimed at its underserved populations. The library also started a program that sent volunteers to local daycares. The volunteer would bring books for children and literacy programs and techniques for their caretakers. The library visited 500 children through its programs last year.
Based on their in depth programs along with their overall library quality, the library was selected as the winner by the panel of judges. The library will receive a 20,000 cash reward to continue supporting its services in the local area. In February, a feature article about the library will be published in the Library Journal, which is circulated to over 75,000 library directors and administrators.
Despite Belgrade’s growth over the past years, the library has been able to raise the quality of its services it has provided to a growing population. I commend the library for their hard work and they reflect Belgrade’s efforts to continue improving their educational institutions. This news falls in line with the Gallatin Valley’s consistent achievements in education—whether these achievements come from the university, local high schools, or elementary schools.
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