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Lee County Library System named an Exceptional Employer

By Staff | Oct 15, 2020

The Lee County Library System has received a 2020 Exceptional Employer Award in recognition of its efforts to employ people with disabilities.

The annual Exceptional Employer of the Year Awards program is organized by the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Vocation Rehabilitation and Division of Blind Services.

The Fort Myers office of the Division of Blind Services nominated the Lee County Library System for the award based on its inclusive workforce and dedication to providing materials, services and programs for everyone in the community.

Library Director Mindi Simon accepted the award on behalf of the organization Wednesday in a virtual event.

“On behalf of the Lee County Library System’s employees and patrons, I am proud to accept today’s recognition,” Simon said. “Our library patrons are as varied as our workforce is, if not more. That is why we at the Lee County Library System take pride in all of our services, including our Talking Books Library and Books By Mail program. We will continue to provide an environment for our employees to succeed and for our library materials to be accessible to all.”

The other businesses receiving the award were Blaze Pizza Store 1064 of Tallahassee, Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard of Lake Buena Vista,The Florida Bar Whataburger #55 of Ft. Walton Beach and Youth Co-Op, Inc. of Miami.

The Lee County Library System, founded in 1964, has 13 branches with more than 1.5 million items. Currently more than 294,000 Lee County residents are registered users. The Lee County Talking Books Library (a division of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled) provides digital recorded books and magazines, postage free, to people who need to “hear” their reading because of a visual disability or a physical disability that makes it difficult to hold a book or turn a page.

For more information, call 239-479-INFO (4636) or visit www.leelibrary.net.