ASHTABULA — There’s a new face on the Ashtabula County District Library Board of Trustees.
The Ashtabula Court of Common Pleas recently appointed Irene Skleres, a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County, to the board. Skleres grew up in a farming family, graduated from Pymatuning Valley High School and is a first generation college graduate.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from Youngstown State University. She is a college credit-plus adviser and academic/career adviser at Kent State University at Ashtabula.
“I love my job and helping all the students and families,” she said. “There is no better feeling than watching a student walk through our doors and then across the stage at graduation.”
Skleres also serves as a board member of ACCESS Ashtabula County and Ashtabula County United Way.
She enjoys camping, kayaking, baking and cooking, but especially loves reading. She enjoys all types of books, and when she’s not reading, she’s listening to an audiobook. As a child she would use any free time she had to take adventures on islands, in magical cities or be engrossed in a mystery.
“Each book took me to places I had never been,” she said. “I have always valued each morsel of knowledge I have gained from every book I have read.”
She’s excited to become a member of the ACDL Board of Trustees.
“I have spent many hours inside many libraries, and have had librarians and library staff help me with selecting novels, fostering my love for learning and helping me with research,” she said. “I can honestly say my local libraries have been an active part of developing who I am and educating me ... I am so honored that I can now contribute to the support of my public library.”
Skleres and her husband, John, live in Andover. They have three children and two dogs.