Madison Public Library takes home highest White House honor

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The Madison Public Library received the nation’s top library honor at the White House – the National Medal for Museum and Library service.

First Lady Michele Obama presented the award to library director Greg Mickells and local hip-hop artist Rob “DZ” Franklin.

“It’s just been a terrific moment for us to be recognized in this way,” said Mickells.

The award was given to 10 outstanding institutions from across the country. The Madison Public Library reaches further than its books through programs with outside agencies like detention centers and literacy networks.

“Communities inspire libraries, its not really the other way around. We really are inspired by the people who live in Madison and what they bring to us,” Mickells added.

The award is shared with hip-hop artist Rob “DZ” Franklin.

After struggling to make it in the music industry, DZ started recording his own music at the library and teaching classes in audio engineering and personal branding.

Now with this national exposure his brand and the library are getting the recognition they’ve always wanted.

“It’s been beyond my wildest dreams. It’s bigger than going multi- platinum or having all kinds of record success because we actually get to help people and that’s an important thing,” said Franklin.

First Lady Michele Obama called the work done at the Madison Public Library, “Inspiring, innovative, and impactful.”

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