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 displays skill using technology to support and enrich programming if necessary. 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. Friendliness, a smile and the eagerness to help are necessary, both in programming and behind the Circulation Desk. Our goal is to engage, educate, inspire and delight the families and children served.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Reporting directly to the Head of Children Services, the Librarian l is integral to the Department as a support for all existing programming and demonstrates the initiative to bring new programming ideas to the Department Head. 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, fingerplays 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.
• Ability to bring similar and appropriate literacy programming to Outreach sites
• Assists Department Head with extensive summer programming and Outreach to support the City of Delray Beach’s goals and Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
• Capability to run engaging book clubs for interested school age children
• 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 by consulting a variety of professional print journals, digital review sources, professional blogs, webinars and book reviews.
• Continually reads a selection of new additions to the Children’s Collection to facilitate knowledgeable reader’s advisory.
• Assists in monthly selection of children’s print materials and helps in the shelf readiness process. Weeding the children’s collection. Suggests new titles and reports patron requests to Head of Department.
• Children’s circulation desk as needed, shelves library material and shelf reads when necessary.
• Perpetuates an effective working relationship with fellow staff members and displays a cooperative team spirit.
• Instructs and supports children, in the physical and digital use of library tools and online resources. Empowers children to choose materials on their own.
• Knowledge of 3 D printers and the ability to create and deliver STEM and related technology programming to children of varying ages
• Ability to work select Saturdays, Sundays, and full weekends.
• 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.
• Demonstrates respect for diversity and inclusion of cultural values.
• Recognizes the effects of societal factors, income inequality, and health and food insecurity on the needs of children.
• Assesses and responds on a regular basis to the needs and preferences of children, their caregivers, educators and other adults who use the resources of the children’s department including those unserved or underserved by the library.
• Cultivates an environment for enjoyable and convenient use of library resources, specifically removing barriers to access presented by socioeconomic circumstances, privilege, culture language and other diversities.
• Working knowledge of library methods and procedures.
• Knowledge of early literacy skills and literacy development techniques in program design and delivery, engaging and empowering caregivers in a competent way.
• Knowledge of Sirsi preferred, or other cataloging system, and other computer software as related to youth services.
• Ability to develop and maintain excellent rapport, and cooperative and courteous relationships with supervisor, co-workers, officials, merchants, city representatives, partner organizations, and the general public
• Bilingual preferred
• Ability to lift 25 pounds in the shifting and moving of library materials and equipment required. Ability to navigate stairs, kneel, bend, reach, and stand for programming needs and in the maintenance of an orderly collection on the shelves required.
• Ability to drive a car to perform various Outreach duties outside library building.
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