ImagineIF Libraries Recognized as Montana Library of the Year

The award was selected by library staff across the state

By Beacon Staff

ImagineIF Libraries was named the 2015 Library of the Year at the Montana Library Association annual conference in Bozeman last week.

The award was selected by library staff across the state.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by our statewide library association,” ImagineIf Board Chair Al Logan said. “We have many great libraries in Montana, and it means so much to be recognized in this way.”

Just over a year ago, the Flathead County Library System rebranded, becoming ImagineIF Libraries. The new culture at ImagineIF highlights the energy, fun and possibility that can be found in the library, according to staff.

“Library facility and budget constraints in the Flathead have not prevented ImagineIF from designing spaces that vibrate with potential,” Susie Burch said in her nomination letter.

Burch credited ImagineIF’s visionary strategic plan as giving structure and direction to the “exploration, connections and creation happening in our libraries.”

Montana State Library Director of Statewide Resources Sarah McHugh, in her nomination, spoke of ImagineIF’s focus on programs and outreach for the community and the resulting “vibrant partnerships between the ImagineIF libraries and their local communities.”

The ImagineIF board and staff wish to thank the local community members for their support, and invite everyone in the Flathead to visit their local ImagineIF library to experience the fun and exciting happenings in person.

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