COOLIDGE -- Megan Carbiener loves literature and books, but she also enjoys empowering the community through her work with libraries.
Carbiener is the newest addition to the team at the Coolidge Public Library. Carbiener first became interested in becoming a librarian while working as a student assistant at the Concordia University Library while obtaining her undergraduate degree from Concordia University Irvine in California.
“I really enjoy it and I kind of thought at one point that I would just enjoy every job because I had so much fun there,” Carbiener said. “And then I had other jobs, and I was just like ‘No, I think I just liked the one I found.’”
From there she made the decision to pursue a career as a Librarian, enrolling in a Masters program in Library and Information Science through San Jose State University.
Prior to coming to Coolidge, Carbiener was employed as a Library Worker at the Apache Junction Public Library for just under a year. When the position of Librarian became available in Coolidge, one of the Librarians at the Apache Junction library encouraged her to apply.
Carbiener is taking on the role as a Coolidge librarian during an unusual time, as the library is operating under a number of restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her second week on the job, she says she is excited to see the community starting to return using the library.
Libraries play an important role in the everyday lives of many people she said, especially during a time like the pandemic.
“I love talking to people and being a part of the community,” she said. “I love to empower them, especially in this time when everything is so chaotic. I think we are creating resiliency and giving them a place to come even throughout all of this.”
With an bachelors degree in English literature, and minors in Creative Writing and Music, Carbiener also enjoys different forms for creative expression.
In the role of librarian, Carbiener will have the opportunity to combine many of the elements she is passionate about to help connect with and engage the community.
From organizing some of the programing to writing the library’s newsletters, she is eager to apply her interests in ways that could benefit the library.
“I just get to involve myself in so many different aspects that are art things and people things,” she said.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, however, Carbiener is currently working alongside other staff members to roll out more virtual programming.
When the spread of the virus is brought under control and public gathers are possible once more, she noted that she is also eager to hear from the community about what programs they would like to see implemented as part of the offerings the Coolidge library provides.