Lucia M. Gonzalez started her career in library services to children in 1988 after receiving her Master in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Since then, Gonzalez has worked in different capacities for the Miami-Dade Public Library including system-wide Programs Coordinator. She was Associate Director for Broward County Libraries in charge of Outreach, Family Literacy, and Youth Services before coming to the City of North Miami. Gonzalez is currently City Library Director. She is the author of three award-winning children’s books: The Bossy Gallito, winner of the 1996 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal and part of New York Public Library’s 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know; Señor Cat’s Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America, an Américas Award Commended Title; and The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos, winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for narrative, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Honor Book, and the Américas Award. Lucia is also a Past-President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and National Co-Chair of REFORMA’s Children and Young Adult Services Committee, and the two-time recipient of national Library Journal Movers & Shakers Award for her contributions in shaping the future of libraries.