WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says museums and libraries play a crucial role in a country that wants to provide a world-class education to its young people.

The first lady commented Thursday as she helped recognize 10 institutions from across the U.S. for outstanding service to their communities.

Recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

— Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York.

— Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois.

— The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana.

— Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Nevada.

— Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri.

— Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Connecticut.

— North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina.

— Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, New Mexico.

— Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Oklahoma.

— Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Massachusetts.