A new director has been chosen for the Alma Public Library.

Sarah Munguia has been named the new director of the Alma Public Library. She has been in the position about three weeks, she said.

Munguia was promoted from her position as an assistant librarian at the Van Buren Public Library, where she assisted with adult programming and the children’s library, she said.

She has been with the Crawford County Library System for about two and a half years, she said.

Munguia joined the library system because she enjoys being part of an organization that is a resource for the community, she said.

“I want to do something to better society, to make the world a better place,” Munguia said.

Munguia likes what local libraries do for their communities, such as offering a variety of free programs, computer access and free Wi-Fi, she said.

“A lot of people think libraries are just books - that’s what I thought before I began working for the library - but we offer a lot more,” Munguia said.

Munguia also is happy about the fact that the library offers its services to anyone.

“It’s a free resource open to anyone in the community, whether they have a lot of money or not very much money, whether they’re an adult or a child - I think it’s one of those rare places in the community where anyone can go,” Munguia said.

Munguia went to high school and still lives in Van Buren, she said. Her current focus is on becoming acquainted with her staff and people in the Alma community, she said.

“The next step is to find out what the community needs, what they want to see in the library and what they would be interested in,” Munguia said. “Because, in the end, that’s what we’re here for.”

Munguia has a bachelor’s degree in education and is working on her master’s degree in library science, she said.