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Carroll librarian Brooks leaving for Waukee

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Rachel Brooks

Carroll Public Librarian Rachel Brooks, who took the reins at the lending facility at just age 23, is leaving after five years for a position at the Waukee Public Library.

“I don’t think it has hit me yet,” Brooks said. “We have been through a lot, this library and I.”

Brooks’ final day with the Carroll library is May 17. The library will host a reception for her that day beginning at 10 a.m.

The city is searching for a successor to Brooks whose salary is $89,500.

Brooks, 28, a Carroll native and Carroll High School alum, started in 2017 with the Carroll library as a community debate raged about its future modernization. The modern library opened in June 2020. Brooks played a key role in the fundraising and planning for the library.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity,” she said. “I have learned a lot.”

Brooks succeeded Brandie Ledford at the Carroll library after Ledford moved with her husband and family to Marion, Kentucky where Charles Ledford is the city administrator and Brandie Ledford is a county librarian.

Brooks, a daughter of Tom and Kathy Van Erdewyk of Carroll, will work in Waukee, one of the state’s fastest-growing cities and a suburb of Des Moines, but live in West Des Moines, her husband Bobby Brooks’ hometown. Bobby Brooks is a pharmaceutical salesman with territory in central and eastern Iowa. The move to the Des Moines area from their Carroll home (411 Southgate Road) will give the couple more work-life balance, Rachel Brooks said.

Brooks will be the public service manager of the Waukee Public Library.

The couple have a son, Greyson, who is 1-1/2. Both Brooks are graduates of the former AIB in Des Moines. Rachel Brooks also earned a master’s degree in library science from University of Illinois.

The Carroll Public Library employs eight people, four full time and four part time.

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