The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City has received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented at a White House ceremony.
Long Island Children’s Museum President Suzanne LeBlanc and Uniondale resident Francisco Quijada and his 6-year-old daughter, Ruth, accepted the award in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and includes a $5,000 grant. The award was presented to 10 museums and libraries nationwide. Medal winners are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.
The Children’s Museum was selected in part for its program “Together to Kindergarten,” a kindergarten readiness initiative for Spanish-speaking and Creole-speaking immigrant families. The Quijada family has participated twice, most recently for Ruth. They have enrolled again for next summer as their third child, Sarah, prepares for school.
“For once, there was somewhere my wife and I could go where we were seen as equals; we all spoke the same language and we were all there for the same purpose — our children. For the first time, we felt comfortable,” Francisco Quijada said in a prepared release.