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Hampton library director moving back to Northern Tier

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
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Hampton Community Library is losing its director — Suzanna Krispli, 40, of McCandless — to the Northern Tier Regional Library in Richland.

“It's like going home,” said Krispli, who launched her career 15 years ago as a children's librarian at Northern Tier.

Krispli will start her new job as the library's director June 3.

Her past titles include director of the Whitehall Public Library and manager of the Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Krispli is a 1991 graduate of North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh who has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

“She's just got a vision for the future, which I think our library needs,” said Jackie Cummings, president of the Northern Tier Board of Trustees.

“She's just very energetic, and she has a passion for her work,” Cummings said. “We're very excited to have her back.”

In 2012, Krispli sang and impersonated Molly Brown at a fundraising dinner sponsored by Northern Tier Regional Library to commemorate the last dinner on the ill-fated Titanic.

On weekends, Krispli sings in the choir at Risen Lord Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh's Brighton Heights neighborhood.

During her eight years at Hampton Community Library, Krispli helped to expand children's programs and launched the library's monthly Cooks 'n' Books gatherings for monthly, themed-buffets of recipes prepared by participants. She also launched the library's annual trivia night and wine tastings.

“We've definitely grown,” Krispli said.

Cummings said 25 people applied for the director's job at Northern Tier.

Krispli initially hesitated to submit her resume.

“I was very happy …. There was no reason for me to want look for a change,” Krispli said. “But I also know that change is good.

Krispli is replacing Dustin Shillling, former director of Northern Tier, who departed in February to become reference and technical services librarian at Sewickley Public Library.

Shilling cited Krispli's familiarity with north-suburban Pittsburgh as a plus for Northern Tier. “I think she'll be a good fit,” he said.

At Northern Tier, Krispli will oversee an approximately $700,000 annual budget, compared to Hampton Community Library's nearly $300,000 annual budget.

News of Krispli's impending departure saddened the Hampton Community Library Board of Trustees.

“Suzanna brought new growth and direction to Hampton Community Library with her many outreach initiatives,” said Liz Spence, board president. “And she did such a wonderful job of staff development that we are sure we can keep to the course she has charted.

The Board of Trustees already has started looking for a new director.

“We would like to have someone in place by mid-summer, before school starts,” said trustee Kelly Radomski, chairwoman of the search committee.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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