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Marquette’s Peter White Public Library learned months ago that it was receiving a huge honor.

But now, the final element of the national award is coming into place.

The library received its National Medal of Honor from First Lady Michelle Obama in December.

It’s one of 10 museums or libraries in the country to win the medal for 2010.

Staff held a reception Monday night to welcome interviewers from a group called StoryCorps to Marquette.

The mayor and city manager were among 32 people invited to speak to NPR’s StoryCorps on behalf of the library and the city.

Jim Koski of Q-107 Radio in Marquette and our own Cynthia Thompson had an hour together in front of the microphones this morning.

A copy of all the conversations will be provided to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, as well as to the library itself.

The interviews may also be used in weekly NPR broadcasts.

The medal is the highest honor an American library or museum can receive for its work.

A $10,000 cash prize goes along with the medal to each of the winners.