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.

Elizabeth Gauffreau: Local Author Reading – May 30, 6:30 PM

Liz, a Nottingham resident, will read from, Telling Sonny, her first book. Liz Gauffreau grew up in northern New England, a child of the ‘60s. At various times in her life, she has been a preacher’s kid, a Navy wife, a Woolworth’s counter girl in Berlin, New Hampshire, and a Latin teacher at a dying private academy next to a cornfield in Virginia. All of these experiences have inspired the fiction she writes. Liz holds a BA in English/writing from Old Dominion University and an MA in English/fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, including Ad Hoc Monadnock, Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth through Change, and When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over Fifty. Telling Sonny is her first published book. Liz is a Senior Lecturer in English at Granite State College, where she received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018. Liz and her husband have been living in Nottingham since 2001.

Minutes of the Blaisdell Memorial Library Trustees Minutes November 16, 2013


November 16, 2010

Present: Rhoda Capron, Laurie Legard, Sara Wotton, Kathleen Matthews

Meeting was called to order at 7:42 p.m.

Policy Updating: Final adjustments were made to the proposed 2011 budget. It was decided to offer all employees a slight raise. The Furniture line was increased to accommodate the need for additional bookshelves. Rhoda received a much-higher than expected quote from the state prison workshop regarding the construction of the shelves so she will inquire about this before the next meeting. The budget meeting with town selectmen is scheduled for November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. No date has been set to meet with the budget committee.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes from October’s meeting were reviewed. Rhoda moved to accept the report. Sara seconded. All voted in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: The October budget was reviewed in detail as part of the 2011 budget process. Everything continues to be on track for this point in the year. As noted in last month’s report, the Maintenance line is high due to the unexpected cost of repairing the well line that was cut during the late summer excavation project. Rhoda is purchasing a combined printer/scanner/color copier. Pat and the school’s technology director are in discussion about the best ways to work with both the back-up system and the difference in our fiscal time frames. Laurie made a motion to file the report. Rhoda seconded it.

All voted in favor.

Library Director’s Report:The circulation statistics for October showed the usual dip in numbers for this time of the year but remained well above previous years. Issues pertaining to the over-due books of a few patrons were discussed. In accordance with the library’s over-dues policy, Chief Gunnar Foss will be asked to contact these individuals. Rhoda shared a document she’d received entitled “NH Best Practices for Volunteers,” and noted that our new volunteer policy aligns quite well with the state’s guidelines and recommendations. The Vachons’ slide-show of their cross-country trip was well-attended and very wellreceived.

The energy conservation program “Button-Up NH” will take place on November 17th. Rhoda is working with the recreation department to coordinate use of the van for museum trips and other events, and is meeting with the Deerfield and Northwood librarians to discuss possibilities for future programs.

The Friends of the Library annual book sale did very well. A record number of books were donated this year.

Old Business: Rhoda placed surveyors’ tape at the library’s boundaries in preparation for the trail being made by the Boy Scouts. The scouts completed half of the trail already and will soon return to finish it. Rhoda will select a book to be used for the storyboards along the trail. Instead of weather-stripping, a sweep will be put on the bottom of the downstairs door. Regrading the storage of library records in the town’s secure facility, it was decided to request just a few drawers for financial records as well as the video records of the library’s contents.

New Business: The Monthly Tasks for November were reviewed. All tasks have been completed for this month. The annual baby-sitting class was removed from the tasks list as it is no longer needed. Laurie moved to accept all donations to the library. Pat seconded. All voted in favor.

Next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Matthews



Minutes of the Blaisdell Memorial Library Trustees Minutes December 16, 2013


December 16, 2013

Present: Rhoda Capron, Susan Medeiros, Sara Wotton, Kathleen Matthews

Meeting was called to order at 6:21 p.m.

Policy Update/Current Task: All policy reviews were placed on hold until the budget process is complete.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the November meeting were read. Rhoda moved to accept the report. Sara seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: The November budget figures were discussed as was the corrected October report.  Both reports were deemed to be suitable for this point in the year. Rhoda moved to file the reports.

Kathleen seconded. All voted in favor.

Library Director’s Report: The November circulation figures were down slightly from last year with the exception of Downloadables where the numbers continue to rise as more and more patrons take advantage of this service. Rhoda reported that as the result of the Town receiving an energy conservation grant from Public Service of NH, all of the library’s light bulbs and ballasts have been replaced with more energy-efficient equipment. PSNH also installed a motion detector downstairs so that the lights will turn on only when someone is actually using the Children’s Room or the meeting area. Both the annual Christmas parade float and the Gingerbread House program were rousing successes.The new afternoon book group continues to grow and increase in popularity. This season’s holiday hours were agreed upon: the library will close at 1:00 on December 24th and remain closed on December 25th and 26th. It will also be closed on New Year’s Day. The perennial problem with the parking lot not being properly plowed during and after snowstorms was discussed at length. Rhoda reported that after this season’s first major snowstorm the Town only plowed the parking area once, which created safety hazards for staff and patrons entering and exiting the highway. Since the Town requires the Library to maintain regular open hours during storms (if staff is to be paid), it stands to reason that its parking lot would be kept as cleared as the lots at the Fire Department and other town buildings. However, this is not the case. Rhoda tried to obtain the cell phone number of the plow driver, as she was directed to do last year by the Town Office,but the Road Agent declined to provide it. Given that our many attempts to resolve this persistent problem have been unsuccessful, it was decided ask for a meeting with the Board of Selectmen to obtain permission to hire our own snow-clearing contractor. Rhoda will make the appointment.

Committee Report:

Kathleen presented the new conceptual design for the front of the building. In addition to creating a new garden that mirrors the existing plantings on the other side of the walkway, the design will address issues in the areas surrounding the monument and along the woods edge where invasive plants will need to be replaced. The design will be displayed in the library so patrons can see how past, present, and future landscape funds are being used.

Old Business: Rhoda and Kathleen gave a brief account of their November meeting with the Budget Committee as well as the COLA changes that the Board of Selectmen made after the library’s proposed budget for 2014 had been presented. Kathleen moved to accept the revised guideline of 2% vs. 3% for staff salary increases. Susan seconded. All voted in favor.

New Business: The annual Staff Holiday Party will take place at Susan’s house at 4:30 on Sunday,January 12th. Further discussion of hiring guidelines for Children’s Librarian and the trustees annual goals were tabled. December’s Monthly Tasks were reviewed. Susan will send the disbursement letter to the Town (to obtain half of the 2013 budget in January), write the quarterly update to the Board of Selectmen, and, write the annual report about CD activity to the Attorney General’s office. Rhoda will obtain the quarterly ledger from the Town to track salary expenditures. Susan moved to accept all donations. Sara seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Next Meeting:

Monday, January 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Matthews


Minutes of the Blaisdell Memorial Library Trustees Meeting January 27, 2014


January 27, 2014

Present: Rhoda Capron, Susan Medeiros, Sara Wotton, Pat Vachon, Melanie Metz, Kathleen Matthews

Meeting was called to order at 6:37 p.m.

Policy Update/Current Task: Reviews of the Technology and Internet policies were tabled until after Town Meeting on March 15th. It was also decided to review current safety policies, at a future time, to make certain these covered all aspects of safety and security, per a recent NHLTA article.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the December meeting were read. Rhoda moved to accept the report. Susan seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: The final budget report of 2013 was reviewed. All lines accurately reflect expenditures. Un-spent monies from Maintenance and Repairs lines will be returned to the Town. Susan moved to file the report. Pat seconded. All voted in favor.

Library Director’s Report: Both December’s statistics and the year’s totals reflect strong, significant growth across all areas in 2013. There were 1,441 more materials circulated in 2013 than in 2012 and a total of 21,480 more items circulated than ten years ago in 2003. No new Play-A-Ways were purchased due to an increase in cost and a decrease in demand. The staff held its first staff meeting for 2014 and covered a good range of topics, including a concern about the need to clarify the fines policy. Some patrons do not appear to understand why the library goes to such extents to retrieve its materials. Discussion centered on ways to raise public awareness of this serious issue by emphasizing the true costs associated with over-due and lost materials–– staff time, postage, purchase & replacement costs of materials (especially DVDs) –– and the fiscal ramifications for taxpayers. Rhoda will add a paragraph to her report in the 2014 Town Report and, in the future, will include information about the fines policy and over-dues situation on the web page, Facebook, and Library News e-mails. The Public Hearing for the Town’s 2014 Budget will take place Thursday, March 6th at 7:00. Rhoda will be away but Susan,Kathleen, and Pat will attend the meeting to address any questions about the library budget that might arise. Rhoda received a reasonable estimate from the NH State Prison for construction of the new shelf and was given approval to proceed with its commission. Rhoda will call the alarm company to have the emergency call contacts list changed to include all trustees’ names and numbers. The Teen Advisory Group has begun anew and is planning a Winter Olympics party on March 1st for children ages 8-13.  TheFriends of the Library will host a chocolate fundraiser on February 16th and, on March 2nd, will sponsor a program about Isles of Shoals archaeology.

Committee Report:The new landscape concept design will be displayed on the bulletin board above the paperback bookshelf near the entrance. The display will include a document that outlines the major phases and fundraising goals for the design’s implementation as well as suggestions for making commemorative or memorial donations.The first fundraisers of 2014 –– seed sales and vegetable plant orders –– will begin in March.

Old Business: Rhoda described the meeting that took place with the Board of Selectmen regarding the plowing situation, particularly their concerns that the empty building across the road was being plowed but not the library. Since that meeting, the parking lot has been well-plowed in a timely manner. Regarding the new position of Children’s Librarian, Rhoda reported that the Town does not appear tohave any specific guidelines to be followed for this process. Rhoda has written a job description that she will post if and when the budget is passed at Town Meeting. She would like to have someone in the new position by May so she/he will have ample time to prepare for the Summer Reading Program.

New Business: Rhoda announced her intention to retire from her director’s position, effective August 31st. Although the board knew this decision was imminent, Rhoda’s official announcement was still received with genuine sadness and regret. Pat also announced that she would only remain in her position as Assistant Library Director until April 2015. The board expressed its gratitude for her willingness to assist with the significant transitions the library will experience in the year to come. There was considerable discussion about who would run for trustee when Sara’s term expires in March. The deadline for filing for candidacy is Friday, January 31st. Rhoda shared her draft for the 2014 Town Report. Minor changes were made. Rhoda requested that Kathleen compose a section for the library report that outlines the Landscape Committee’s work this past year. Rhoda also shared the information she included in the lengthy NH Public Libraries Statistical Report which she has completed well-ahead of its due date in March. Discussion of Annual Goals for Trustees was suspended indefinitely as the main priority for the next several months will be the development of a process for, and ultimately the hiring of, a new Library Director. The Monthly Tasks lists were reviewed; all tasks for January have been completed. Susan moved to accept all donations. Sara seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Next Meeting:Monday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Matthews


Minutes of the Blaisdell Memorial Library Trustees Meeting March 3, 2014


March 3, 2014

Present: Rhoda Capron, Susan Medeiros, Pat Vachon, Melanie Metz, Kathleen Matthews

Meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m

Policy Update/Current Task: All policy discussions continue to be tabled until after Town Meeting. The first policy to be reviewed at that time will be the Internet Policy.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the January meeting were reviewed and a date was corrected in the

Library Director’s paragraph. Melanie moved to accept the report with this correction. Pat seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: The January 1st – March 3rd report was reviewed. Rhoda had questions about the expenditures in the Books line which she will discuss with Janet. The Movies & Videos lines continue to be separated so Rhoda will mention this to Janet as well. Pat moved to file the report. Susan seconded.

All voted in favor.

 Library Director’s Report:

Circulation for January and February showed a slight decline from last year due, more than likely, to the cold weather and the number of snowstorms that occurred in both months.  Rhoda expressed appreciation of and gratitude for the fine job that Pat did during Rhoda’s absence during the month of February. The Friends of the Library’s “Chocolate Fundraiser” was very successful. The Humanities Council-sponsored presentation on archaeological treasures from the Isles of Shoals was well attended and well-received. The “Winter Olympics” program for ages 7-14 took place last weekend and was a resounding success. Events included: Ice Cube Bobsleds, Mini-Marshmallow Biathalon, Book Basketball, and Balloon Slalom. March 19th will be a busy day at the library: The annual Senior Luncheon will take place at noon; the Coe-Brown Academy Art Exhibit will be set up during the day and will be on display through April 9th; and “Family Chess Night” will take place in the evening. A “Zentangle” workshop will be presented at the library on March 23rd and a tick talk by Alan Eaton is being scheduled for a date in May. The new book-shelves, built at the NH State Prison, should arrive within the next two weeks. Allison and Pat will be attending a technology tools workshop on March 20th.

Discussion ensued about the possibility of hosting a series of technology support sessions for patrons on Saturdays.

Committee Report: Kathleen shared that she is in the process of setting-up a display featuring the new landscape design for the front of the building. Two of last year’s successful fundraisers are about to get underway: selling High Mowing Organic Seeds and taking orders for vegetable plants. Lee Gilman contacted Kathleen to inquire about the status of the second phase of the invasive plant eradication program. She will contact Lee and Charlie Brown once the outcome of the 2014 town budget is known.

Old Business: The Budget Committee’s Public Hearing went well in February, with no questions or concerns expressed about the library’s proposed budget. The parking lot continues to be plowed in a timely manner. Due to a foot injury sustained by Al Vachon, the town manager, Charlie Brown, offered to have the snow-shoveling done by someone else. It was deemed unnecessary to accept his offer at this time but a back-up plan for such circumstances needs to be discussed in the future.

New Business: Extensive discussion occurred regarding the potential hiring of a Children’s Librarian and the crafting of a set of Hiring Guidelines for current and future open staff positions. Regarding the proposed Children’s Librarian position, it was determined that, due to the limited hours of the position, the Children’s Librarian would not have any responsibility for independently expending library funds; therefore, the Library Director will be responsible for recruiting, hiring, and conducting a three-month review of the individual selected for this position, pending the Board’s approval of the candidate proposed for the position. However, if and when the Children’s Librarian position increases to full-time and/or the job description is changed to include fiscal expenditures, the Board of Trustees will assume responsibility for interviewing, hiring, and reviewing the individual who assumes this position.

Discussion about Hiring Guidelines centered on matters pertaining to posting open staff positions,interviewing candidates, and developing a three-month probationary period for all new staff positions. It was decided that positions will be posted on the state jobs board, in newspapers, on Craigslist, here at the library and at the Town Office. In regards to interviews and hiring, it was determined that the Board will be responsible for the interviewing and hiring of the new Library Director and Assistant Librarian and that specific questions (yet to be determined) will be asked of all candidates. For the next meeting, everyone will bring sample questions and potential topics to be considered for the interview process. All positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found

It was decided to implement a three-month probationary period for all newly-hired staff. The Board will develop a formal review document and a review process specific to the three-month, probationary period and separate from the annual reviews conducted on all staff members. The Board of Trustees will conduct the probationary reviews of the Assistant Librarian and Library Director. The Library Director will perform the reviews on any other newly-hired staff member and present these to the Board. Also, during her/his three-month probationary period the new Library Director will need to have all major decisions approved by the Board.The opening for the position of Library Director to replace Rhoda will be posted in May. In order to be prepared for this deadline, the following actions will be taken prior to the next board meeting: Rhoda will e-mail her job description and a draft of the new Hiring Guidelines to Board members. Trustees will each craft a sample advertisement for the director’s position.

Other New Business included discussion about the complications of having weekly checks signed for the building’s cleaning contractor. Potential solutions will be discussed at the next meeting. Pat also shared an e-mail regarding trust fund legislation that was sent to the library. This will also be addressed at the next meeting. All Monthly Tasks have been completed except those pertaining to the outcome of Town Meeting and the approval of the proposed 2014 budget. Susan moved to accept all donations. Melanie seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Next Meeting:

Monday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Matthews