Summer Library Program Assistant (Part-Time) Position Open

Love books and working with youth? Excellent summer job opportunity at the Library! The Library is currently seeking a student to serve as a Library Summer Reading Assistant. Start and end date to coincide with student’s school schedule if feasible/applicable. To apply, complete the online application by Friday, April 17 at 4 pm. Position available until filled. $7.25 per hour.

General Overview
The Summer Reading Program Assistant supports the Youth Services staff in the preparation, presentation, and implementation of the Library’s annual summer reading program.

Job Description Summary

  • Under the supervision of Youth Services staff, serve as a leader to the teen summer reading volunteers
  • Serve as back-up shift coverage in case of volunteer illness or absence
  • Facilitate and maintain volunteer schedule for regular shifts and special events
  • Communicate with youth services staff to determine daily tasks for volunteers, communicate each day’s priorities to the volunteers on duty (craft preparation, etc.)
  • Maintain registrant database and volunteer log
  • Re-stock reading logs, handouts, prize bins, etc.
  • Assist Youth Services staff in training teen volunteers
  • Act as role model/mentor to volunteers and summer reading participants
  • Under the supervision of Youth Services staff, assist with preparing, publicizing, presenting, implementing, and clean-up of special events for children
  • Assist with determining winners of weekly reading promotion contests, contact winners, track prize pick-up and follow-up as necessary
  • Assist with promotion of the summer reading program
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Summary of Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Enthusiastic reader willing to share this enthusiasm
  • Ability to communicate well with children of all ages and their caregivers. Must be able
    to communicate kindly, clearly, and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Creative in motivating children to explore the world of reading
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with patrons, staff, and the general public
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload and work efficiently
  • Ability to effectively operate Library computers and related computer programs
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to remain calm and work under pressure when needed
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to perform the physical activities associated with the job

Skill –

  • Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment
  • Proficient keyboarding, filing, basic math, and alphabetizing skills

Knowledge –

  • Possess some knowledge of children’s books and children’s interests
  • Knowledge of and willingness to follow and enforce Library policies and procedures

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger; handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet, though can become louder during busy times.

Additional Information

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with children (e.g. babysitting, summer camp, teacher’s assistant, etc.)
  • High school student grades 10 through 12; college or university student enrolled in the fields of education, childcare, recreation, library science or related programs preferred.

For additional information, questions, and/or assistance, please contact Human Resources at 262-569-3225. 

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