New library youth services coordinator takes over

The Auglaize County Public District Library has a new face.

Karie Maurer-Enneking joined the staff taking over as the new youth services coordinator. She assumes the position left by Beth Steiner, who is the new library director. Steiner took over as director after Jo Derryberry retired earlier this year.

Maurer-Enneking brings more than 14 years of experience working with children and management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors in the library system.

Beginning in her position on March 5, Maurer-Enneking oversees the management and development of all programming for children up to age 18 in the six libraries in the system.

Maurer-Enneking said she is passionate about working with children and is excited about being an employee of the local library.

“I love working with kids,” Maurer-Enneking said. “That’s how I got started with my job at the shelter. I’ve always been volunteering with kids. I love their joy and spirit. I’m a kid at heart.”

Maurer-Enneking, who resides in Minster with her husband, Paul, is originally from Fort Loramie and is a graduate of Miami University. She has previous worked at the Domestic Violence Shelter in Shelby County, as a child advocate and then a director.

Through her positions at the shelter, she gained knowledge in public relations and marketing work that should carry over and help her with her new job.

“This job is a lot of fun,” Maurer-Enneking said. “This job is just what I want to do. I mainly worked in Shelby County, so this is fun getting to work in Auglaize County, because it’s the same county I live in.”

Maurer-Enneking said that over time, she felt like she was unfulfilled professional at her previous employer when she was working as the director for the violence shelter.

“I felt like I was lost as a director,” Maurer-Enneking  said. “I wanted to get connected back with kids.”

Maurer-Enneking is glad to be working with the youth again.

Maurer-Enneking is getting into the groove of things at the six library locations in the district and meeting her colleagues all while keeping busy with developing  and enhancing programs for the youth.

Programs that she is working on are the summer reading programs for the library district, the Wapakoneta High School Book Club, working with teachers at the local school systems on what they need and sourcing books to supplement school programs.

Maurer-Enneking said as she is working on all of the different programs, she is figuring out how she can spin it her way and help to get kids involved in reading and continue to grow the youth services throughout all six library locations in Wapakoneta, Cridersville, Minster, New Bremen, New Knoxville and Waynesfield.

“I have a lot of goals and dreams about this job,” Maurer-Enneking said.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her nieces and nephews.

“I’m very involved with my family,” Maurer-Enneking said.

She also loves to spend her time reading.

“I’m big into reading,” Maurer-Enneking said. “I have an iPad, so I can read electronically. It takes reading to a whole new level.”

With electronic devices, Maurer-Enneking said this is a way to get kids involved in reading.

“Everyone has an iPhone, iPod or electronic device to get people reading again,” Maurer-Enneking said.