The Honorable Glenda Evans Hood at the Orlando Public Library

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The Honorable Glenda Evans Hood at the Orlando Public Library

The Honorable Glenda Evans Hood at the Orlando Public Library

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jtracy
January 17, 2018

The Honorable Glenda Evans Hood photographed at the Orlando Public Library on October 25, 2017.

The collection plaque inscription reads:

These prints were donated to the Orange County Library System by the Honorable Glenda Hood, Secretary of the State of Florida, 2003-2005.

They were given to the Secretary of State by Mumford Publishers each year on Library Legislative Day to commemorate Florida libraries.

Listen as the Honorable Glenda Evans Hood describes her Secretary of State work for Florida libraries in this excerpt from an oral history interview with the Honorable Glenda Evans Hood at the Orlando Public Library on October 25, 2017.

LISTEN Part IV (20:21)

With the Library and Information Services, you know that was a great area for me because I think I was like every other library consumer. I knew what the library had been in my life. You know, I would go check out books, do research there. But I didn't realize until I was Secretary of State and had this under my responsibility how much libraries had really changed. And I always like to say that libraries are really kind of the living room of the community that is the heart and soul of the community. Where, yes, you can still check out books, you can still do research, but you can do so much more. I mean look at our own library and all the opportunities to do things here. And, it's a gathering place for people in the community.

We were able to put in place a State Grants Program for Libraries...

And so, I recognized when I visited libraries all over the state, and we were able to put in place a grants program for libraries and it was great to see how they were used. You know, some libraries put little cafes in place. Others were able to leverage some of those grant dollars that the state offered to get private sector contributions to do things. And certainly our own library here in Orlando has had tremendous support from the private sector to put in place significant gathering spaces where people can take classes and learn things. You know, recording studios and 3-D printing and all the things that I continue to learn about our own library. But we did an economic impact study for libraries in the state of Florida as well and that continues to be used across the state.

The Honorable Glenda Evans Hood became the first female Mayor of Orlando in 1992 and the youngest elected Mayor of Orlando. The Honorable Glenda Evans Hood served three consecutive terms as Mayor of the City of Orlando, 1992-2003. In 2003, she took on the responsibilities of Secretary of State of Florida where she served from 2003-2005. She then founded TriSect, LLC with Shelly Lauten and Steve Siebert to work innovatively with different organizations toward community engagement and solutions. Currently, she is a Global Governing Trustee for the Urban Land Institute.

Photo Courtesy of the Honorable Glenda Evans Hood Archives

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