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. Our Vision is to become the best public library in Florida.
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 Children’s 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.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Reporting directly to the Head of Children Services, 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 Department Head and the Children’s Services team.
• As one of two professional librarians, the Librarian shares the responsibility for ongoing training of para-professionals in clerical and other support tasks including programming tasks.
• Participates on library-wide committees as needed.
• In liaison with Head, Children’s Services and Teen Services Librarian introduces new programs and initiatives for the Tween population.
• Actively participates in community outreach programming especially 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 Head, Children’s Services.
• 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 Library Services
• Excels in team-oriented work environment
• Ability to work Saturdays, Sundays, and full weekends.
Benefits: Good health benefits package and 403 (B) plan.
Education, Skills & Experience Requirements:
• Master’s in Library Science required.
• Minimum of two years working in Children’s Services in a Public Library.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.
• Self-motivated, self-starter with the ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure to meet deadlines. Demonstrates project management skills.
• Enthused to work in a diverse community.
• Knowledge of early literacy skills and literacy development techniques in program design and delivery, engaging and empowering caregivers in a competent way.
• Bilingual preferred specifically Creole and/or Spanish.
Physical address where the job position is located.
Please email Cover Letter and Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen.Ronald@DelrayLibrary.org.