First lady: Libraries, museums are ‘necessities,’ not extras

First lady Michelle Obama says some people think of America’s libraries and museums as luxuries. She calls them “necessities.”

She says they help veterans find jobs, entrepreneurs build businesses and young people prepare for college.

Mrs. Obama on Monday awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions from across the nation.

Recipients include the Craig Public Library on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. It offers children science and reading classes and was the first public library in Alaska to provide a 3-D printer for patrons to use.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in Harlem, was honored for its exhibits and research on slavery and the lives of people of African descent in New York City.