Boonsboro librarian honored for three decades of service

October 03, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION |

BOONSBORO — Chris Hawkins was recognized at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night for her longtime work as librarian at Boonsboro Free Library.

Hawkins was previously awarded a plaque for her service that will be kept at the library, Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said.

Monday night, Kauffman and council members presented Hawkins — who is Kauffman’s sister — with a certificate of appreciation.

Kauffman honored Hawkins for more than 30 years of service to the library and her “unparalleled dedication.” Kauffman also said Hawkins, who retired July 1, enriched people’s lives through her work.

Hawkins was called to the front of the room to receive the award, and she spoke to the council and spectators when she received it.

Hawkins said the Boonsboro library was the first branch of the Washington County Free Library.

Hawkins recounted how the library grew over the years and she thanked town officials for their support of the library.

“It is humbling, it really is, to receive recognition for doing that job,” Hawkins said.

Boonsboro now has a new library and Kauffman remarked about how special that facility is to the town.

“If anyone here hasn’t been to that library, you need to check it out. It’s absolutely beautiful,” Kauffman said.

Hawkins is married to Richard Hawkins, who was a member of the Boonsboro Town Council for 25 years.

Richard Hawkins was at Monday’s meeting, and Kauffman said he still helps the town with park issues.

Kauffman recently honored Richard Hawkins for his induction into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.

Hawkins was “quite the athlete” at North Hagerstown High School, Kauffman said previously.

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