A graduate of both Carpinteria High School and UC Santa Barbara, Jody received her master’s in library and information science (MLIS) in 2013. She has worked in local public libraries since 2004 and most recently at the California State Library as a library programs consultant, supporting public libraries throughout the state with grants and training. She is a social justice advocate, and passionate about providing programs that educate and illuminate.
Her great grandparents moved to Carpinteria in 1929, and some of her family has lived here ever since. She considers Carpinteria the center of the universe.
Community Outreach Librarian
Eric Castro is a librarian with over twenty-seven years of experience working at academic and public libraries. As an immigrant, he is actively involved in planning and implementing bilingual library programs that offer opportunities for personal expression and community integration. He is the translator of An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (Gunpowder Press 2021), winner of the 2020 Pablo Neruda Poetry contest in the Spanish category and 2020 United Nations Day Art Contest in the poetry category. Two of his poems are published in the anthology While You Wait, (Gunpowder Press, 2021). His current passion is to read fiction by contemporary and emerging women writers of Latin America to keep himself connected with the Latino culture and enrich his own perspective with a feminist vision of the world.
Terra Furuta, is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She has been a Library Technician for Santa Barbara and Ventura County Libraries. As an outdoor service guide for teens, she is enthusiastic about nature, environmental stewardship and STREAM education.
The City of Carpinteria and its Library hold many excellent memories from her youth. She is honored to be part of the Carpinteria Community Library today.
Jena holds a bachelors in Social work and a Masters in Counseling Psychology with honors in public speaking. She is the Vice President of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection Board and a local story teller. Embedded in the community Jena has enjoyed working for several non-profits such as, Girls Inc, Gather for Good, and as an instructor at the Carpinteria art center.
Having been a part of the library in the past, she is delighted to be back. Living in the Carpinteria area for over 20 years, she enjoys being a mother and having adventures in the outdoors.
Maria is a Library Technician at Carpinteria Community Library. She began working for the Santa Barbara Library in 2016, where she started as a Page and moved her way up to her present role. Additionally, Maria works as an Instructional Assistant at Summerland Elementary School. With her ability to speak Spanish and English, Maria was able to work at Canalino Elementary within the Dual Language Immersion Program (DLI). Maria’s passion for education is what drives her and the reason she finds joy in what she does.
Maria has been a resident of Carpinteria for over 38 years. She emigrated to the United States from Mexico and has called Carpinteria home ever since. Maria earned her GED and attended Santa Barbara City College before starting a family. Her children worked hard in school, eventually becoming an engineer and an attorney. Understanding the importance of education, Maria strives to set a good foundation for the children she works with by making learning fun and lifelong.
Maria is honored to be a part of the Carpinteria Community Library and to have the opportunity to give back and make a difference in the lives of people in this great community.
Holden is from Ojai, California, and loves the beautiful commute to Carpinteria every morning via Casitas Pass. He is a graduate of Hendrix College in Arkansas, and holds a bachelors in History from his studies there. He is currently enrolled in Valdosta State University’s online Masters in Library Sciences program, and is excited to develop his career in Library Services at Carpinteria Community Library. He loves to read speculative fiction and is a novice horror writer. He’s published a few pieces of terrifying flash fiction on FlashFictionMagazine.com, which he’d be happy to share with you, as long as you promise not to think of him differently after you read them.