Letter to the Editor

Howard Mankins: An example to follow

San Luis ObispoMay 25, 2013 

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 can’t 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 library’s 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 he’d 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!

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