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HAWTHORNE ‒ Hawthorne Branch Librarian Guylene Resue was honored by the Alachua County Library District Foundation by presenting her with the 15th Annual Guy Hudspeth Award. Resue was touted as having made her branch library an integral part of the community over her 20-year tenure.

The foundation added Resue’s name to Katherine’s Tree, a 10-foot glass etching of the Tree of Knowledge standing in the Gainesville Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Each leaf represents a $2,000 gift to the foundation’s endowment fund, which supports library services and facilities. Nine honorees and donors also joined Resue on the tree this year. 

Sponsored by the Kosman Foundation, the Guy Hudspeth Award honors an outstanding Library District employee annually. The award is named after retired librarian Guy Hudspeth.

“Receiving the Guy Hudspeth Award from the Alachua County Library District Foundation and the Kosman Foundation is a true honor,” Resue said. “I have truly enjoyed serving my greater Hawthorne community these 20 years.”

In her two decades serving as a librarian at the Hawthorne Library Branch, Resue has overseen the popular annual art show, fostered partnerships with the Hawthorne Area Historical Society and spearheaded the branch’s participation in community festivals and holiday parades. When Georgia-Pacific closed its Hawthorne plant, Resue partnered with local employment agencies and was ready to help the laid-off workers learn to use computers to access services and apply for jobs.

“(Her work) truly made a difference in the lives of the individuals and the community as a whole,” the award selection committee wrote.

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