Sunday, February 24, 2008

Farmington Eccentric: Vagnozzi booked as 'Legislator of the Year'

Vagnozzi is booked as 'Legislator of the Year'

State Rep. Aldo Vagnozzi, D-Farmington Hills, was named 2007 Michigan Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Library Association and was honored at a reception Friday at the Farmington Community Library.

"It means a great deal to me to be honored by the Michigan Library Association," Vagnozzi said. "My work for the libraries of Michigan is connected to my deep respect for the ongoing care and service our libraries provide to people in the community."
Vagnozzi is a lifelong advocate for Michigan libraries. In 2005, he was appointed to the Library of Michigan Board. He also served on the Farmington Community Library Board of Trustees and on the library's Friends of the Library Board. As a City Council member and mayor of Farmington Hills, Vagnozzi fought for funding for the library and endorsed and personally assisted with at least four local library millage campaigns.

Since his time in the Michigan House of Representatives, Vagnozzi has worked to sustain funding for libraries as chairman of the House Appropriations History, Arts and Libraries Subcommittee.

"Rep. Vagnozzi is a champion for libraries," said Gretchen Couraud, Michigan Library Association executive director. "He has worked extremely hard for funding for our state libraries and truly believes, as we do, that libraries are the catalysts that connect people to technology and information in the community."

The Michigan Library Association is a professional organization dedicated to the support of its members, to the advancement of librarianship, and to the promotion of quality library service for all Michigan citizens. MLA's membership is comprised of nearly 2,200 individual and institutional members from public, academic, private and special libraries.

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