Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, today hailed the Discovery Science Center and the Santa Ana Public Library for being finalists for a national honor.
The two Santa Ana institutions are in the running for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The honor — issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services — is considered the highest honor for museums and libraries, according to Sanchez’s office.
“The Discovery Science Center and the Santa Ana Public Library are both exceptional Orange County institutions and I’m very proud that they have been named finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service,” Sanchez said.
The winners will soon be picked from the 33 finalists, and I hope to see the Santa Ana Public Library and Discovery Science Center receive this prestigious honor, which is so well-deserved.”
The medal and a $5,000 prize will be awarded in May in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to be named a finalist for this award as it recognizes the commitment we have to community service, education, hosting blockbuster traveling exhibits, quality guest service, and partnerships with public agencies on environmental awareness,” said Discovery Science Center spokesman Dan Nasitka.
“It is our hope that the work we do inspires and serves as a powerful demonstration of the impact engaging science education can have on a community and especially the next generation.”
Sanchez said the two institutions making the finals reflects well on Santa Ana.
“Only one institution from all of California won the medal last year, so to have two finalists from the same city is extraordinary,” Sanchez said.