Children's Librarian - Port Richmond Library

Job Information


Are you a Librarian who is committed to changing lives and strengthening communities through the power of learning and reading?


Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Children’s Librarian engages children through collections, services, and programs in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones. The Librarian:

  • Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, daycare centers, and community groups that target children to promote the Library’s services, collections, specialized programs, and resources

  • Facilitates group and family visits to the Library to enhance the reading skills of children

  • Actively and continuously promotes our collections and reading through readers advisory, staff picks, recommendation lists, blog entries, author talks, book discussions, and other innovative ways, both on site and online

  • Provides reference services and resource recommendations using print, media, and digital resources

  • Collaborates with the Youth Educational Services Department to develop, promote, and facilitate innovative programs to build literacy and a love of reading to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community’s children, parents, and childcare providers, including storytimes and other early literacy programs, visual and performing arts programming, STEM programs, summer reading events, and a variety of other programs both within the Library and throughout the community

  • Partners with the collection development team to shape and maintain the Children's collection, ensuring it is diverse, current, relevant, and meets the needs of the community

  • Fosters digital literacy and provides age-appropriate technology instruction to children

  • Develops and maintains content for social media platforms such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest

  • Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the children’s space to ensure a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources

  • Mentors Library staff in preparing and presenting children’s programs

  • Assists with branch operations, including circulation, fines & fees management, reserves, and opening/closing procedures

  • In the absence of the Library Manager, may take responsibility for the facility, staff, and operations

  • Performs related duties as required

Job Requirements


Enthusiasm for public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage, including children and their parents/caregivers
Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for children and their parents/caregivers
Knowledge and appreciation of children’s literature, audiovisual materials, computer resources, and other materials that constitute a balanced, relevant youth collection, as well as a love of reading
Experience developing, maintaining, and promoting children’s collections
Experience building partnerships with local organizations and schools to meet the needs of community users
Demonstrated successful interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs, and e-reader devices
Demonstrated knowledge of computer services, including online searching, social media, and reference resources and databases

Education Required

ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York