Rachelle Kuzyk began her job as the city of Chandler's new library manager on May 20. Kuzyk will oversee the operations of the Chandler Public Library system.

Kuzyk hails from the city of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, where she served as the director of community services following eight years as the city's manager of library services, according to a news release from the city.

"In Wetaskiwin, Kuzyk facilitated a complete library revitalization project, implemented numerous innovative programs, and was instrumental in the creation of a new outdoor library space and playground for the community," read the news release. "Previous to that, she worked in large urban systems like Calgary Public Library as well as in smaller community libraries. She is experienced in working with government officials and ready and willing to getting messy in children’s craft programs. In her 23-year library career, Kuzyk has touched nearly every role and responsibility in her field."

Kuzyk said libraries have played an important role in her life since childhood.

"Libraries matter, today more than ever," Kuzyk said in the release. "Public libraries impact communities in many beneficial ways, providing much needed services and value to taxpayers. The Chandler Library team demonstrates this every day. That’s why I’m incredibly excited to make Arizona my new home and to be joining this stellar organization.”

Kuzyk joined the city of Chandler in the middle of the COVID-19 public health crisis as the library moves into the second phase of its reopening plan.

“The pandemic has impacted every community, every local government and every public library,” she said in the release. “While most people have utilized the library’s online services during this period, there are others who depend on our in-person services. Our staff has worked very hard to prepare our facilities for a phased reopening that protects the public as much as possible while we continue to serve the people of Chandler.”

Community Services Director Andy Bass said in the release he is excited to add Kuzyk to the Chandler team.

“We look forward to her leadership in continuing Chandler's tradition of strong library services and programs and finding innovative ways to make Chandler a great place to live," Bass said.