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Boston Children’s Museum Recipient Of National Public Service Medal

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First Lady Michelle Obama (right) presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Boston Children’s Museum in a White House ceremony Wednesday. Accepting the award (l-r) are community member Tayquan Pomare-Taylor and Boston Children’s Museum President and CEO Carole Charnow.

First Lady Michelle Obama (right) presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Boston Children’s Museum in a White House ceremony Wednesday. Accepting the award (l-r) are community member Tayquan Pomare-Taylor and Boston Children’s Museum President and CEO Carole Charnow.

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WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Michelle Obama says the nation’s libraries and museums are creating better, more informed citizens and doing it with fewer resources.

The first lady commented Wednesday at the White House as she helped award public service medals to 10 institutions.

One of those award-winners was the Boston Children’s Museum.

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their community.

One such example of that outstanding service was the young man who accompanied Boston Children’s Museum leaders to the White House. Tayquan Pomare-Taylor,16, was selected as a youth leader two years ago by the museum. Since then, his work with the museum and in the community has helped boost his confidence, and his GPA from a .7 to a 2.5.

“It felt like the Museum was made for me. And the way kids react to me at the Museum – asking for me by name, learning from me – shows me that I have something to give,” Tayquan said.

Recipients of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are the:

— Boston Children’s Museum

— Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio

— Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss.

— Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif.

— Marshalltown (Iowa ) Public Library

— National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

— Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Wash.

— Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio

— Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Public Library

— Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library

The Boston Children’s Museum is celebrating 100 Years this year. WBZ-TV is a proud media partner.

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