Originally Published: December 4, 2018 8 p.m.
Story time with Miss Darlene at the Chino Valley library has been a favorite past-time and memory of the children of this area for the past couple of decades. Sadly Darlene Westcott will be retiring on Dec. 27, and will be greatly missed by everyone.
“Over the years, one of my duties was planning the children’s programs. I try to have programs that will bring people into the library who will become library users and readers,” Westcott said.
“One of the favorite aspects of my job are the families and children, I am really going to miss the hugs and being a part of those families,” she said.
For the first six months of her retirement Westcott will be spending time with her family, and then she plans to volunteer at a local elementary school.
“Children are my love, and if I can make that small difference in a child’s life with a kind word or a smile, that makes my day,” she said.
At 6 p.m. Dec. 11, the mayor will officially name the children’s library after Miss Darlene.
“Some of the children who were in my programs and are now adults have commented that the library programs were very happy times in their lives. I want the kids to remember the library as a good place,” Westcott said.
“I also want to thank all the families who have supported me over the years, and to please be as supportive of the new librarian as you were of me.”
Said Library Director Scott Bruner, “To me, Darlene Westcott is like the ‘community grandma.’ She has taken these children and helped their parents guide them for 23 years. She is irreplaceable as a guiding light to the entire community.”
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, an open house will be held with catered food and drinks for everyone in the community to come visit and say good-bye to Westcott, Chino’s first children’s librarian.