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Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Workforce and Economic Development Program Recognized for Community Impact

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 16, 2017

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) Road to Success – Workforce and Economic Development Program was recognized with an honorable mention in the Workforce and Economic Development category.


With funding around the United States and Canada constrained, libraries are leveraging the public’s investment by finding innovative approaches to strengthen their communities.  MCPL was one of 20 libraries recently recognized by Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for their innovative community building initiatives; these libraries have proven themselves unfazed by the rough terrain and are providing their communities with essential resources through inventive programs.


A panel of expert judges selected MCPL’s Road to Success from a pool of over 250 submissions as one of 20 library practices that best embodies the 21st century library’s role as a community leader and pioneer for positive change. 


“It's wonderful for MCPL to be acknowledged for this initiative,” said Acting MCPL Director Anita Vassallo.  “Thank you to the County Executive for his challenge to and support of public libraries.  This award belongs to all MCPL staff for their support in hosting programs, selecting materials and resources, working with our partners, and exploring new ways to deliver this very important suite of services to our residents.”


County Executive Ike Leggett charged MCPL to become a stronger contributor to the economic prosperity of the community and its diverse population. MCPL identified and worked with key local partners to roll out a concentration of workforce and business programs that provide access to high school diplomas, connect residents to online classes, assist new Americans facing career adjustments in the U.S., help residents develop job skills and basic job searching techniques, and support local small business owners.


“Now, more than ever, libraries must act as leaders in their community to provide resources that many have taken for granted,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “During times of economic and social difficulties, these libraries have stepped up to the challenge of inspiring change while helping their communities thrive.”


The list of 2017 ULC Innovations can be viewed at Urban Libraries website. For more information about MCPL, go to


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Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240.777.6536