Employment Opportunities: Children’s Librarian & Per Diem Aide


Title:  Children’s Librarian (Part-time) – Blaisdell Memorial Library, Nottingham, NH

Supervisor: Library Director

Summary: The Blaisdell Memorial Library in Nottingham, NH seeks a creative, energetic professional with a passion for providing excellent library service to children and families. The Children’s Librarian will instill a love of reading, libraries, and learning by providing a welcoming atmosphere, delivering quality programs, and maintaining an outstanding collection through traditional and innovative methods. The successful candidate will have a positive outlook, strong customer service skills, flexibility, a good sense of humor, and be a team player. As a small library our staff wear many hats and work closely together to best serve our patrons.

The Blaisdell Memorial Library is in interior Rockingham County, 15 miles from the University of New Hampshire, with easy access to major highways, exceptional natural resources, and a wide range of recreational opportunities. The library serves a supportive community of approximately 5,000, has 2,800 library patrons, an annual circulation of 40,000 from its collection of over 18,800 items, and hosts a variety of programs for children, teens, and adults.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a broad range of services for children, primarily ages 6 and older, concentrating on maintaining the children’s collection and creative programming for that age group.
  • Plan, develop, schedule, and implement a variety of creative, enriching, and educational library programs for school aged children throughout the school year and during the summer. Programs occur weekly and monthly during after-school and/or evening and weekend time slots.
  • Manage the advertising of children’s programs including the development of promotional materials and flyers, as well as social media (Facebook & Instagram) and the library website.
  • Keep statistical records for children’s programs and attendance.
  • Perform regular collection development duties for the children’s room, including reading professional publications and book reviews, selecting relevant titles, and weeding.
  • Is responsible for keeping the children’s area neat and orderly including the regular development of relevant and engaging book displays and bulletin boards.
  • Collaborate with other children’s department staff on scheduling, programs, procedures and other departmental needs. As well as coordinating with the Assistant Director monthly department meetings.
  • Seek out grant opportunities to supplement and diversify the children’s collection and programs.
  • Attend conferences and participate in professional development opportunities as initiated by self or suggested by the director.
  • Duties also include shelving and shelf reading, readers’ advisory, assisting with implementing the children’s summer reading program, creating library displays, circulation and other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of childhood development and experience working with children ages 6 and older is required.
  • Knowledge of children’s literature. Ability to cultivate good public relations, to work with parents and young patrons, to create and implement age-appropriate programs using a variety of media, and to nurture interest in reading, arts, culture and music.
  • Ability to interact and communicate courteously and effectively with the public and with other staff in a courteous and tactful manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication, problem solving, customer relations and teamwork skills.
  • High energy and an enthusiasm for public library services.
  • Ability to handle a great many details, some simultaneously, with accuracy.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to use Internet searching methods, apps, devices, and information resources.
  • Must be able to type and have good computer skills, including proficiency of email, Word, Google Drive, Publisher, Excel, and social media.
  • Due to the nature of the job’s tasks candidate must be able to push or pull carts, do a moderate amount of bending, squatting, lifting (up to 40 lbs.) stretching and standing for an extended period.

Minimum Qualifications: BA; Library degree is preferred – but a combination of appropriate education and experience may be acceptable; experience working with young children, preferably in programming; knowledge of library practices and services, children’s literature and developmental levels and needs.

Salary: $16 – $19 per hour, depending upon experience

Schedule: 21 hours/week + 5 hours/month

  • Tuesday                       10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday                 10:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday                     10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday (1/month)     9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Application Details: The position is open until filled. Please email cover letter and resume to Cara Marsh, director, at blaisdellml@comcast.net.

Title: Library Aide (Per Diem)

Supervisor: Librarian on Duty

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Circulation Desk: Staffing the circulation desk is your primary duty. This includes all circulation activities, such as checking books in and out, registering new patrons, answering reference questions, answering the phone, examining the physical condition of returned library materials, shelving returned materials, collecting fees for copies, fines, prints and faxes, and scanning/faxing documents as requested.
  • Additional jobs: From time to time you may be requested to help with shelf reading, technology troubleshooting (public access computers), general office assistance, facilitating library programs, and other tasks as requested by the librarian on duty.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be comfortable typing and feel confident in your general use of computers
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, and have at least introductory knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Proficient in using the internet to search for information
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public and library staff
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records, and safeguard the privacy of library patrons
  • Ability to lift 40 pound boxes to a height of 3-4 feet to place them on book cart
  • Willingness and ability to learn about evolving library materials, services, and technology
  • Ability to work independently

Minimum Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years old, friendly, reliable and flexible. Must be able to learn basic library skills and follow directions. Prior library or teaching experience is preferred, but not required. Love of literature and the arts is also a definite plus. Any successful applicant must be willing to undergo a criminal background check before commencing work.

Salary: $9.50 – $10.50 per hour

Schedule: There is no set schedule for this position, as it is a per diem position. Hours are awarded as available, and as needed to cover shifts to maintain adequate library coverage. Shifts which are most commonly available on a per diem basis are:

Saturday          9:00 – 2:00 PM

Sunday            1:00 – 4:00 PM

Application Details: The position is open until filled. Please email cover letter and resume to Cara Marsh, director, at blaisdellml@comcast.net.

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