|NOVEMBER 2002||Volume 4 Number 4|
First lady Laura Bush honored the Hartford Public Library and five other libraries and museums at the White House during a colloquium on libraries, museums, and lifelong learning on October 29th. The six were citied for outstanding public service to their communities.
Louise Blalock, Hartford Public Library's chief librarian, Paul Shipman, president of the library board of directors, and Rudy Arnold, vice president of the board, were on hand to receive the 2002 National Award for Museum and Library Service from the first lady. The Hartford library was honored for sponsoring a host of community outreach programs. State Librarian Kendall Wiggin, who was also in attendance, said this was a proud moment for Hartford and all of Connecticut.