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Current Job Openings:

Youth Services Librarian

(updated 1/25/2023)


Description:

The Skowhegan Free Public Library invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Youth Services Librarian. Skowhegan is a small town in central Maine situated on the banks of the Kennebec River that is currently rebranding and revitalizing itself to ensure a prosperous and inclusive future the library strives to be a vital part of the community, and to be a hub for curiosity, discussions, culture, literature, and life-long learning.

Job Type:

  • FLSA non-exempt job

  • Hours will range from 32-37 per week with some evenings and weekends required.

  • Work is primarily indoors and requires bending, stooping, reaching and being able to lift up to 40 lbs.

  • Salary range is $16.50 - $18.50 per hour with compensation dependent on experience and qualifications. Benefits will be negotiated upon hire.

About The Position:

This position is well suited for someone who is passionate about serving the community and creating a welcoming environment where youth of all ages can explore, discover, create, learn, and have fun. The ideal candidate has a passion for being of service to the community by supporting young people, their families, caregivers, and educators. They want to create a safe environment that fosters exploration, discovery, lifelong learning, and a love of reading. In our small library we work closely together. The ideal candidate thrives in a collaborative team environment while having the ability to take the lead and ownership of youth services with enthusiasm and curiosity. They are flexible and can offer grace and a sense of humor when things don’t go according to plan. They can manage their time, prioritize when needed, and work efficiently. Most importantly, they share the library’s service values of equity, knowledge, respect, and empathy and they work with a spirit of inclusive collaboration.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Interact positively with children and understands their developmental needs.

  • Responsible for the daily operation of the Children’s Library

  • Reviews, purchases and maintains a diverse collection of books, materials and equipment for the Children’s Library within the parameters of the current budget

  • Performs weeding and collection maintenance of the Children’s Library collection

  • Plans, publicizes and supervises a Summer Reading Challenge of at least six weeks duration

  • Plans, publicizes and supervises a variety of age-appropriate programs during the fiscal year

  • Acts as a liaison to schools and other community organizations serving children to promote library services.

  • Does outreach with local daycares, preschools, schools, and organizations

  • Solicits, trains, and supervises teen volunteers to assist in the Children’s Library as needed/available

  • Collects and reports statistics on child and YA circulation as well as program participation

  • Provides reader’s advisory for children, caregivers, teachers, and other who are interested in children’s and/or YA literature

  • Attends conferences, webinars, training sessions and conferences in relation to youth services

  • Pursues continued professional and library-wide development

  • Seek out and apply for grants that pertain to children’s materials and services

  • Performs the full range of Child and Adult Circulation Desk duties and procedures


Education & Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Library Information Services or Education preferred

  • Experience in working with children

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Superb written, verbal and interpersonal skills

  • Strong technology and computer skills

  • Time management and flexibility with job duties

  • Hold a valid driver’s license

  • Ability to pass a background check

To apply, please fill out an application by clicking here or ask for a paper copy at the library. Applications must be submitted by March 1st, 2023.

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