Veronica Juarez-Carrillo has been hired as the new librarian at the Douglas Public Library.
Veronica Juarez-Carrillo says she is happy to be the Douglas Public Library’s new librarian. Trisha Maldonado/Douglas Dispatch
“I wanted to work in a public library, I wanted to work in a primary Hispanic community,” she said. “My philosophy is I want to improve the lives of Latinos and Hispanics by improving the literacy rates in reading.”
Juarez-Carrillo a recent graduate from San Jose State University, graduated in December, with a Masters in Library and Information Science, she received her Bachelors of Arts in psychology with a minor in religious studies from California State in Bakersfield.
She considers her hometown to be Exeter, Calif. which is about the same size as Douglas
“The library staff has been very welcoming, the community is very great,” Juarez-Carrillo said. “I enjoy it a lot. People here are very receptive and very inviting.”
It is stated on the Arizona Department of Education website that children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life.
“Children are taught to read all the way to the third after that the other subjects were taught by reading,” she said.
This is something she learned while working at Westpark Elementary, in Irvin, and continues to believe in it.
Even though being a librarian is not community social work Juarez-Carrillo feels that libraries help build communities.
“Working at a library is not technically social work, it is in a sense that we are providing literacy, we are providing those tools so they can go out to the community and if they choose to pursue an education they can,” she said. “I became a librarian to improve my community through the library.”
When asked how her family felt about her vast move she said “I am very intertwined with my parents, I have an older brother, and I love them to death. They are my life, they said if this is something you want to do and this is something you want then you are going to pursue it. You’re not just going to stay here in California where there are no opportunities for you. I have a lot of encouragement from my parents and family members.”
Juarez-Carrillo has implemented new programs at the library the first being Teen Tech Week (TTW) which started on March 11 and will run until the 16. TTWweek will include Teen Choice Awards, charades, digital scavenger hunt, making a meme, haskasauras, bingo cards, and a will end with a raffle on March 16.
A reader’s theater began on March 12 from 2-3 p.m. and will be held every second and fourth Tuesday. A comic book club also began on March 12 from 3-4 p.m. and will be held every second and fourth Tuesday.
Starting on March 19 the library will hold a tween/teen craft time and a tween/teen council. Craft time will be held ever first and third Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. and tween/teen council every first and third Tuesday 3-4 p.m.
For further information on any of the current or upcoming events contact Veronica Juarez-Carrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at (520) 417-7352.