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Youth Services Librarian

Wayland, MI, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Do you love weaving a tale of a faraway place? Do you delight in engaging kids with imaginative play? Do you get excited when you recommend a book to someone you know they will enjoy? If you answered yes to these questions, Henika District Library is looking for you!


SCHEDULE: 40hrs per week including rotating Saturdays (1-2 per month)

SALARY: $38,000 - $45,00 per year

REPORTS TO: Director

BENEFITS: Benefits are available after completing the probationary period. Eligible for PTO. Healthcare, vision, dental, and

STD/LTD insurance. MERS Retirement. Paid holidays when normally scheduled but the library is closed (New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).

EXPECTED START: As soon as possible

YOUTH SERVICES DUTIES: Provides active and passive programs for library patrons ages 0-18. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating and performing virtual or in person storytimes and children’s/teen programs, as applicable

  • Marketing youth-oriented programs and services on library website, social media, and other mediums as applicable

  • Putting together take-and-make activity kits, as applicable

  • Generating material for storywalk. Updating storywalk as needed.

  • Creating and executing timely and well-rounded material displays for the youth area on a regular basis

  • Creating marketing materials for youth department programs in cooperation with other library departments

  • Fostering an environment that is inclusive of all youth and families

  • Engages regularly and positively with family patrons, including tweens and teens

  • Continuously builds on relevant knowledge to perform reader’s advisory for youth materials

  • Maintains awareness of new youth materials in the collection from board books through teen

  • Curates and maintains youth collection

  • Manages the youth programming and materials budgets

  • Coordinates with the Adult Librarian and Director on library initiatives

  • Performs outreach with local organizations and schools

  • ​Generates a monthly report for review for the Director and the Library Board

GENERAL DUTIES: Provides circulation services as operations require. Duties include, but are not limited to:

Serves the public at the circulation desk by checking in and out library materials and issuing/updating library cards.

Collects money for overdue fines and lost and damaged materials.

Ensures circulation policies and procedures are followed for the proper handling of patron and materials records for an accurate library database.

Sorts, packs, unpacks, and inspects library materials received from or being delivered to other libraries.

Runs reports and lists for item hold information and interlibrary loan requests.

Searches shelves for requests, retrieves items requested, and routes items appropriately, as well as for overdue items prior to sending overdue notices.

Contacts patrons or other libraries as necessary.

Provides assistance to patrons and staff in the use of library equipment and machines.

Familiarizes self with general library policies and enforces them as necessary.

Places and fills item hold requests.

Provides library and directional information to patrons in person or over the telephone.

Assists with curbside delivery / locker pickup

Attends and participates in any staff meetings or other meetings with supervisor

Performs other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional customer service skills.

  • Proficient computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Drive

  • Ability to work with general supervision and adhere to established policies and procedures.

  • Interpersonal and communication skills for interaction with staff and patrons in an effective and courteous manner.

  • Ability to retrieve materials from shelves upon patron or staff request.

  • Ability to push/pull fully loaded book carts, retrieve or place materials above shoulder or below knee level, and transport materials and delivery bags weighing up to 40 pounds.

  • Ability to operate a variety of equipment including cash register, fax, and copy machines.

  • Valid MI driver’s license and/or available transportation for travel to workshops and library-related meetings

  • Possession of or ability to obtain at least a Level 4 Library Staff Certification from the Library of Michigan

  • High School Diploma required, Bachelor's Degree preferred

  • Related experience working with children or teens required

  • Experience working in a library preferred

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