February 17, 2018

Akron-Summit’s Hawk to Retire, As Will St. Louis’s Holt

By LJ Staff

Steven Hawk, director of what the local paper termed the “troubled Akron-Summit County Public Library“, announced his resignation last week, citing a need to move near his ailing mother this spring. The library lost a levy election in November, much to the surprise of library leaders, who quickly scheduled another election for March, noting that voters may not have known that a previous bond issue was for buildings rather than operating funds. “Now’s the time to leave,” Hawk said, according to the Beacon-Journal. “If I was an issue-and I don’t think I was-in the levy failing, then this takes me out of it.” Also, Glen Holt, executive director of the St. Louis Public Library, announced he would retire by September. “It’s just time to do other things and I’m at the point where I can say that I’ve done what I need to do at the St. Louis Public Library,” Holt told the Post-Dispatch, citing articles and books he wanted to write.