First Lady Honors Iowa Libraries and Museum

First Lady Michelle Obama (from left), President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden wave to the crowd during a campaign event in front of Jessup Hall on the University of Iowa campus on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Iowa City. Obama and Biden campaigned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire earlier in the day before the Iowa City event a day after accepting their nominations at the Democratic National Convention. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Ellen Kurt

WASHINGTON (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 on Wednesday.

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

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