Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy and the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners presented Norma Kula, Director of Libraries, with her 35 years of service award. Kula is Monroe County library’s longest-serving employee. She thanked the commissioners, administration, and the library staff for their dedicated service to the public library system.
She began her career in 1984 as a library assistant at the Islamorada library. After holding several positions within the library, she was selected as Director of Libraries in 2000.
Under her leadership, the library system has expanded its vision, service and community engagement. Through her directions, the library introduced public internet access, eBooks, streaming video, cultural and musical events, language learning, 3D printing, and a multitude of programs and services embraced by the Florida Keys community.
Kula has also been honored on a state-level by being appointed as one of three public library representatives to the Library Council of the Florida Department of State. She also reviews and ranks federal grant applications for the Florida library projects and initiatives.
Kula has brought devotion and compassion to each of her 35 years with Monroe County.