(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Librarian Margie Trujillo-Farmer is one of seven influential community members to receive the Presidential Citation Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Farmer will be recognized at the 28th Annual LULAC Educator’s Awards and Scholarship Banquet on April 6 at the DoubleTree Reid Park. Other recipients include Pascua Yaqui Tribal Chairman Robert Valencia and Pima Community College Athletic Director Edgar Soto.
Presidential Citation awardees are selected for their dedication to bettering the lives of youth through their investment in community and education.
Trujillo-Farmer has worked on the LULAC Youth Leadership Committee to develop programs and provide teens with access to vital community resources. She has played an important role in encouraging teens to stay in school and increasing their understanding of educational and career opportunities.
Of her childhood, Trujillo-Farmer recalls many caring teachers and mentors who helped make a difference in her life. “The Presidential Citation Award,” she says, “is my opportunity to give back and support the next generation in reaching for their dreams.”
Having worked for Pima County Public Library for more than 40 years, Trujillo-Farmer has served the community in a variety of positions: youth services librarian, reference librarian, manager at the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library, and currently as the librarian supervisor at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
As an integral member of the Library’s Nuestras Raíces team and the Tucson Festival of Books Author Committee, Trujillo-Farmer has helped bring many Latino authors to speak in Tucson. Among the notable names she’s helped coordinate are Luis Alberto Urrea, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and Ana Castillo, among others.
Pima County Public Library Director Amber Mathewson says, “We’re incredibly proud of Margie. She really embodies the mission and vision of the Library in all that she does. Her work is rooted in a love of our community and making it the best it can be for everyone who calls it home regardless of age, ethnicity, or economic status.”
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