Website Delray Beach Public Library

Location Name: Delray Beach Public Library
County: Palm Beach
Region: Southeast Florida
Address: 100 West Atlantic Ave
City: Delray BeachZipcode: 33444
ALA accredited Masters required: Yes

The Ladies Improvement Association founded the Delray Beach Public Library in 1913. In 1938 the Delray Beach Public Library Association became a not-for-profit corporation to provide a public library in Delray Beach. Since 1950, our patrons have received library service through a successful public/private partnership between the City of Delray Beach and the Library Association. The City of Delray Beach has provided a large percentage of the annual operating budget and the Library Association has raised capital funds.

The Delray Beach Public Library exists to enrich the lives of the individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse communities by creating and sustaining superior public library services through responsive staff, dynamic collections, appropriate technology, effective programming, and access to global information. We envision a dynamic community connecting ideas, information, and creation. Our mission is to ignite curiosity, fuel discovery, and encourage creativity through access to trusted information, resources, and community connections.

The Children’s Department continues to build on its success and is a well-regarded hub of family activity, dynamic programming, and exceptional collections. It strives to serve the diverse families with early literacy through middle grade programming including STEAM based programming. The Librarian exudes warmth and enthusiasm around children and families and conducts creative, engaging, relevant and highly interactive programming demonstrating comfort and control of large groups. Programming is expected to be imaginative, playful, and focused on literacy enrichment. Modeling early literacy skills for parents and caregivers is required and is a part of all story classes. Librarian is the departmental lead for technology planning and programming particularly focusing on STEAM initiatives. The Librarian is an avid reader of juvenile literature able to spontaneously give book talks with passion and demonstrate the knowledge and confidence to recommend appropriate books to children and parents, including suggestions to try something new from the collection.

Education/Qualifications:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Reporting directly to the Assistant Director, the Librarian is an integral team player in the execution of all existing programming and demonstrates the initiative to bring new programming ideas to the Assistant Director and the Children’s Services team.
Assists the Assistant Director in the maintenance of the library's bibliographic database and general collection development, ordering and management.
In liaison with the Children’s Services staff and Teen Services Librarian introduces new programs and initiatives for the Tween population.
The Librarian shares the responsibility for ongoing training of paraprofessionals in clerical and other support tasks including programming tasks.
Participates on library-wide committees as needed.
Actively participates in community outreach programming specially to under-served populations.
Keeps current with Children’s Services trends, collaborative maker spaces and the movement toward informational non-fiction as a basis for program development.
Plans and conducts baby through preschool story times for both small and large groups incorporating music, props, finger plays and movement with an age-appropriate selection of materials.
Plans and conducts programming for elementary age children in response to Department or seasonal needs, with consideration of developmental stages and interests.
Actively participates in extensive summer programming and Outreach to support the City of Delray Beach’s goals and Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
Develops and delivers STEAM programming to pre-school population through elementary school age.
Provides rationale and draft budget for technology initiatives to the Assistant Director.
Demonstrates knowledge, management, use and appreciation of children’s literature, digital media, and other materials that contribute to a diverse, current, and relevant children’s collection.
Assists library patrons, primarily children and their parents, in finding materials, answering reference questions, and providing reader’s advisory in a friendly, efficient, and engaged manner.
Models exemplary patron service to children and their caregivers that is culturally respectful and developmentally appropriate.
Keeps informed of Library trends and shares new opportunities and ideas with Children’s Services staff.
Excels in team-oriented work environment.
Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift 25 pounds in the shifting and moving of library materials and equipment required.
Ability to navigate stairs, kneel, bend, reach, stand for 1/2 hour, stretch and stoop in the maintenance of an orderly collection on the shelves required, or to plug power cords into outlets or retrieve objects.
Normal speech quality and normal hearing ability expected at level of 25 decibels through the speech frequency, aided or unaided, to efficiently serve the public.
Ability to drive a car to perform various duties outside library building and ability to attend out-of-town meetings via commercial transportation.
Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving prolonged sitting, walking, or moving from one area of the building to another, and standing for periods of time.
Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as keyboarding and/or use of other office equipment.
May require sufficient strength and coordination for lifting, pushing, and/or carrying the weight of smaller office equipment, files, or supplies.
Involves extensive VDT exposure.
Hours: This is a salaried full-time position with a 37.5-hour weekly schedule, including weeknights and alternating weekends and a Sunday rotation September to May. Excellent health benefits, vision, dental and gap insurance, PTO, 13 paid holidays, and 403b plan.

Contact Person: Loanis Menendez-Cuesta
Contact Email: loanis.menendez@delraylibrary.org
Contact Phone: 561-819-6406
How to Apply / Instructions:

Please send cover letter and resume to Loanis Menendez-Cuesta, Assistant Director at loanis.menendez@delraylibrary.org