By Heather Lynn Horvat
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Kira Peters describes her move to becoming Scottsdale’s library services director in August 2018 as a “somewhat interesting and unexpected story.”
“Once upon a time, I was working toward earning my master’s degree while working as a manager in Scottsdale’s Parks & Recreation department,” Peters says. “I was busy, happy, and ready for the next level in my career – directorship.”
When the position of library services director became available, Peters was asked to serve in an interim capacity. Four months later she was appointed, and she never looked back.
“As the library services director, I have the opportunity to encourage and empower others to be bold, to take risks, and push Scottsdale’s library system to a vibrant new level,” she says.
New initiatives are planned to keep Scottsdale Public Library relevant with today’s fast-paced lifestyle. A book bike that offers library books to all along its path is in the works to launch this year. Other goals include book drops, book lockers, and library programming at key locations around Scottsdale.
For the past 27 years, Peters worked for the City of Scottsdale’s community service division overseeing aqatics, leisure education programs, senior centers, youth development, and special events, as well as managing McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. She is also a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Playground Safety Inspector.
Peters loves nothing more than the many opportunities the position of library services director affords her, from working with incredible people and volunteers to providing access to information.
“It is critical for a library to keep up with the fast-moving, always-changing world of technology and ensure that access to information is convenient and enjoyable for everyone, whether they are browsing the stacks within the walls of a library or utilizing the wide array of ‘e-services’ online,” Peters says.
The only typical thing about Peters’ workday is her cup of coffee. The hustle and bustle of public library administration includes staff meetings, project coordination, budget development, and strategic planning.
Outside of the library, Peters treasures quality time with her husband and three kids as well as getting some fresh air. “I always enjoy jogging a good 3-mile loop to relieve stress and keep things in perspective.”
By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
As the owner of her own business consulting company, The King Approach, Karen King-Brooks is no stranger to helping individuals and companies excel in their professional pursuits. Prior to creating The King Approach, King-Brooks devoted more than 20 years to business management and health care.
“The King Approach came out of my years of experience in building and leading companies through success at a CEO level,” King-Brooks says.
With a strategic view of the big picture, King-Brooks uses her business skills coupled with her degrees in public health and psychology to help her clients reach their goals.
“Many times, even when they don’t know it’s possible, I can see them through to a goal. I have helped companies that are struggling gain revenue go on to sell millions more than they had ever envisioned,” she says, noting that she works with companies of all sizes. “Many of my clients are national companies new to Scottsdale and Phoenix, and I work to help them obtain favorable market shares immediately.”
It is King-Brooks’ mother, who has served as a role model when it comes to philanthropy, that influenced her to take an active role in the Arizona community. The mother of five maintains a position on the Board of Trustees for Barrow Neurological Institute, where she helped create the Bowling for Barrow charity event that has raised a significant amount of money to benefit the Brain Injury Center at Barrow.
“I’ve been called ‘the human connector’ because I purposefully bring people together in effective synergy knowing they can attain their goals in business-building,” she says.
Personally, King-Brooks considers creating The King Approach her greatest accomplishment and still turns to her dad for his cut-to-the-chase advice to this day. She credits her family for their continued inspiration and is looking forward to continued success for her clients, the nuptials of two of her children, and her son’s graduation from medical school in 2019.