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Emlyn Koster, Molly Paul, and Michelle Obama Emlyn Koster, Molly Paul, and Michelle Obama
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh was one of five recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service at the White House on Thursday.
The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community, has celebrated 20 years of institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.

The National Medal was presented to Museum Director Emlyn Koster and 15-year-old Molly Paul, a Junior Curator at the Museum, by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"When schools get out in the summers, you all are stepping up with all sorts of camps and learning opportunities," said Michelle Obama. "So instead of spending months sitting in front of the television, our young people are stretching their minds, they’re making new friends, and they’re having a great time as they do it."

Winners of the National Medal were selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.
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