Chattanooga Public Library nominated as best in nation

The Chattanooga Public Library has been at its current location, 1001 Broad St., since 1976.

Competition timeline

› Round of 32: Ends Friday› Sweet 16: Feb. 5-9› Elite eight: Feb. 12-16› Final four: Feb. 19-23› National championship: Feb. 26-March 2

Chattanooga, once named the "Best Town Ever," is now in the running to win a top award for best public library in the nation.

The Chattanooga Public Library is currently among 32 libraries vying for the Leslie B. Knope Award, named after Amy Poehler's character on the hit TV show "Parks and Recreation."

The competition, hosted by Engaging Local Government Leaders, runs through March 2.

Voting for Round 2 ends Friday. If Chattanooga makes the cut this week, it will advance to the next round, which kicks off Monday. A winner will be announced in March.

ELGL is a professional association for government leaders, according to its website, and the competition is aimed at highlighting "organizations and individuals that motivate, inspire, and attract the best and brightest to local government."

To vote, visit