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  • Seed librarian named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal

    Mar 12, 2014 | Read More News
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    The national publication Library Journal recognizes some of the most dynamic people who work in and for libraries each year. Pima County Public Library congratulates librarian Justine Hernandez for being named one of this year’s Movers & Shakers for her work in starting the popular Seed Library program.
    Justine Hernandez
    Justine is among 50 library professionals selected in award categories that include Advocates, Change Agents, Innovators, Marketers, and Tech Leaders. The only honoree from Arizona, she was selected in the Community Builders category. Library Journal received 225 nominations this year.

    In 2012, Justine helped to launch the Seed Library, which has since grown to eight library locations. Anyone with a library card can borrow up to six packets of edible, herb, and decorative seeds for free each month. The ultimate goal of the Seed Library is to create a sustainable collection of plant varieties that have adapted to the desert climate.

    Library Executive Director Melinda Cervantes said that Justine is synonymous with "community" and "builder." “She has worked hard to build the Seed Library and introduce gardening to people throughout our community,” said Cervantes. “Justine deserves this recognition, and we’re incredibly proud of her.”

    The 2014 Movers & Shakers will be honored at a luncheon on June 27 during the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas.

    The Pima County Public Library (PCPL), which is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, enriches lives and builds community through opportunities to learn, know, interact and grow. With 27 public libraries serving Tucson and the surrounding communities of Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Ajo, Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina, PCPL provides a wide range of free services that contribute to the economic development of the community. For more information, visit www.library.pima.gov.