Michelle Obama Honors NY Library With Nat’l Medal

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has presented a national medal for bilingual education to a New York library that became a center of healing for its community following the stabbing death of an Ecuadorean immigrant.

Obama presented the Patchogue-Medford Library with a National Medal for Museum and Library Service during a ceremony Friday in the White House.

The library was among 10 recipients of the medal, including the New York Botanical Garden.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services selected the Long Island library for its work bringing Spanish-speaking immigrants and English speakers together.

The library played a role in supporting the community of Patchogue after Marcelo Lucero was killed in 2008 during a confrontation with a mob of teenagers targeting Hispanics.

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  • Golan M.

    whoever chose that picture of her majesty – thank you! best picture ever. i don’t even know where to begin

  • Marc

    It sure would have been nice if Ms. Obama would have made the trip to Patchogue to present the medal. That would have been awesome for the residents there. For some that would have been a day to remember. Now it will probably be just a plaque on the wall.

  • sk

    to pople ever wonder why Micheele Obama only helps out Minorities? Its very nice cause, and there is nothing wrong with showing her support for this library. But, you never hear talk about any other Americans. We are all suffering from a crisis. It would be nice to show support to everyoen, instead of only those “Your own kind”. Yet, no one cares!

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