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TWINSBURG -- When Suszanne Hawthorne-Clay and her family moved to Twinsburg Township in 1984, the Twinsburg Public Library "was one of the most happening places then," she says -- and has only grown since.
Hawthorne-Clay will fill the seat on The Twinsburg Public Library's Board of Trustees most recently held by the late Carrie Hinton, who served the library and community for 25 years and passed away in late 2016. Hawthorn-Clay will serve through Dec. 31, 2019.
Hawthorne-Clay has served on the Library Foundation Board and is president of In The Spirit Ministries. She retired from the Cleveland City School District and East Cleveland Schools as an education administer, and still works as a substitute administrator for area school districts. She is an adjunct facility member with Cleveland State University, where she teaches classes through the college of education.
Serving the library as a Board member is an honor, Hawthorne-Clay said.
"The library has such wonderful programming," she said. "If there's a way for me to enhance what we have, to bring something to the table, I would be honored."
Filling Hinton's term is a bit bittersweet, she said, calling Hinton "a wonderful person, absolutely wonderful."
"If I could grow up to be like anyone, I would love to be like her," she said. "She was a wonderful person, a wonderful neighbor. I still miss her. When I was invited to apply, it was an honor. It's an honor to walk in her footsteps."
Hawthorne-Clay said her years of working with children and the public through her educational career is what she brings to the table.
"I want to see where I fit in with the Board," she said. "I feel I have something to add."
Trustees are appointed by the Twinsburg City School District Board of Education upon recommendation by the library's Board of Trustees. Trustees generally serve a 7-year term. Service on the Board of Trustees is voluntary and without compensation.