Meet Our Team

Jody Thomas

Jody Thomas

City Librarian

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.

Eric Castro

Eric Castro

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

Library Technician

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.

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Jena Jenkins

Library Technician

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.