Monday Apr 04 2011
Editor's view: Library left in good hands
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
The choice to promote Carolyn Brooks as the head book-cracker at the El Dorado Hills Library proves that nice people don’t always finish last. Brooks has been successfully leading the youth services division for the library and now has the title of branch manager. She is the perfect choice to manage this gem in El Dorado Hills. At a going-away soiree for retiring branch manager Susan Covington on Friday, many locals turned out to wish her a bon voyage. What was interesting to me was how few knew Carolyn. Oh sure, they’d heard of her but many attending the get-together didn’t have small children. For the throngs of parents with young kids, they know Carolyn weaves a sort of story-induced spell over youngsters. When my little boy, Liam, was just a few months old, we took him to one of Carolyn’s storybook programs. She read “The Gingerbread Man” and afterward all the kids adjourned to another room to make their own creations. My wife, who has a background in early childhood education, was suitably impressed. “I don’t know of libraries double this size that offer that kind of quality,” she said at the time. With Carolyn’s passion for reading and gentle nature, she’ll be a sure-fire hit with the adults who frequent the library. Congratulations, Carolyn. Your new position is well earned. POURING FOR CHARITY The Wine Cellar Bar at 3907 Park Drive, Suite 110, in El Dorado Hills, is holding a fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight (April 6). Local notables will be slinging drinks for the cause. Expect to find retired Sacramento County Sheriff (and radio show host) John McGinness, John Harn, El Dorado Hills Community Services District member Billy Vandegrift, EDH Chamber CEO Debbie Manning, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber, Snap Fitness owner Denise Samuel and Ken Steers.