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New library staffer to take control of programs

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:00 am

The Coolidge Public Library has a multitude of programs under way, and there is no decline in sight as far as activity. So they have hired a new staffer to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Aubrey Kowitt of Chandler was hired around the beginning of the month as the library’s new program coordinator, putting her in charge of things like the summer reading program and other youth activities, as well as community outreach events.

Kowitt graduated from the University of Arizona in December with a Library Science degree. In fact, libraries have been everything for her professionally. She got her first library job when she was 16, and has only worked at libraries for nine years since.

“It’s all I’ve ever done,” Kowitt said. “I think I just enjoy being able to do so much with the community, working with families. It’s not just because I like to read. I think it’s the people and the community involvement, seeing how excited people get about what the libraries are offering. We get to help people with not just recreation, but things they need, like needing to learn about new technology, looking up medical information. You are teaching people so many things that they have never had to do before, and it’s so important. You’re specializing in access to information.”

With this new job, Kowitt goes from just checking out books like she did at the Chandler library to taking on a wide variety of responsibilities. These include library newsletter, event calendar, coming up with ideas for programming and promoting them, and assisting with the front desk. She also wants to start a social media presence for the library.

One key program she will be heading is the new technology education program, which is being funded through a grant provided by the Arizona Secretary of State’s  office. The library will be purchasing iPads and other tablets and eReaders to teach the community how to use technology for things like paying bills.

“That’s gonna be a really big deal and a really great opportunity,” Kowitt said. “There are endless possibilities for what they can do with the technology.”

So she has a lot on her plate as she tries to settle into this new community.

“I’m excited for the opportunities to try new things and getting to know the community,” Kowitt said. “I like getting to know everybody, so come in and say hello.”

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