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Peggy Hemerling

Peggy Hemerling with Award

Peggy Hemerling, our Youth Services Librarian, was awarded the 2013 Pletz Award from the Michigan Library Association at the Spring Institute dinner Thursday, April 11. Staff and volunteers celebrated her award at the library’s annual Spring Celebration for Volunteers on April 19th with a special cake designed by Kay Willard of Sweet Tooth Acres.
Named for Frances H. Pletz, a former Executive Director of the MLA, because of her exemplary library service to teens in our state, the award was established in 1978 by the Young Adult Division of MLA. In 2010, it was combined with the Children’s Services Award of Merit to create the Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth.

The award is given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth, ages 0-18, throughout their career.


The library staff’s nomination read “We nominate Peggy Hemerling in recognition of her long-term, quiet service to the youth of Hastings.  Peggy works unceasingly to create opportunities for children and teens in our community to develop a life-long love of reading and to value literacy.  Her dedication continues through her community services in the theater.  She gives back to the library profession through her volunteer chairing of the Michigan Library Association’s Spring Institute conference; sharing the best of herself with her colleagues.  In Peggy’s case, asking a busy person to take on one more activity for youth is always answered with a cheerful ‘yes.’”

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  1. Way To Go Peggy! You are one of Hastings finest. We are blessed to have you working so hard for our youth. I appreciate all you do in and out of the library.

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