When I began my job in 1997 as the librarian in Shell Beach, I loved to listen to longtime residents speak of the old days, and I cant count the number of times that I was told the same story about Mr. Mankins.
During his tenure as a county supervisor, there were budget cuts so severe that the Shell Beach Library was closed. Mr. Mankins disagreed with that decision, obtained a copy of the librarys key, posted the hours that he was available and served as a volunteer librarian personally checking out books to patrons, until such time as the initial closure decision was reversed.
I wish hed stopped by the library before I retired, so I could have told him how fondly people still remembered him. He put actions before words to great effect!