The Columbus Public Library has hired Meg Kaster as its new Youth Services Director. A recent graduate of the UW Madison iSchool, Kaster spent the last few years working in youth services at other local libraries in Sun Prairie, Madison, and Deerfield. Prior to that, she taught English at Deerfield High School. When discussing her career change, Kaster remarks, “My favorite part of teaching was chatting with teens about the books they like, and as a librarian, I get to do that all the time.”
In addition to helping children and teens find the perfect book, Kaster says programming is an area she’s excited to explore: “I’m really eager to continue the amazing programming and community engagement already present at the library, and to bring my creative flair to the mix to create some incredible programs for kids, teens, and families.”
Welcoming the new hire, Columbus Public Library Director, Cindy Fesemeyer commented, “Meg brings an interesting mix of talent for kids of all ages, from newborns to school age kiddos to teens. I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the Columbus community.”
As Youth Services Director, Kaster will be responsible for maintaining the collection of children and teen materials at the library, as well as planning programs. “Teen programming is an area I’m passionate about. Pair my background with the staff’s knowledge of local teen interests, I think we can come up with some really cool events.” Kaster says she looks forward to attending and putting on community events to get to know the people and the town of Columbus. Keep an eye out for her in the 4th of July parade!