Early Literacy Librarian | Kenosha Public Library

Posted on Jul 8, 2019

Do you have strong feelings about letting pigeons drive buses? Can you belt out rousing renditions of children's songs to large crowds? Do you work hard, but play harder? If so, the Kenosha Public Library wants you! We are looking for an energetic, fun-loving Early Literacy Librarian who is passionate about growing lifelong readers through storytimes and programs both inside the library and throughout the community. This is a full-time position with benefits working in the Youth and Family Services Department. The ideal candidate will have experience working with young children, preferably in a public library environment. Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred. This position requires flexibility in scheduling, including rotating nights and weekends. Interested applicants must attach a letter of interest and a current resume to their application to be considered for this position. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain relationships and communicate with area preschools, daycares, and other early childhood agencies regarding library services and programs

  • Plan and present storytimes and other early literacy programs to preschools, daycares, and other early childhood agencies in the community

  • Assist the Head of Youth and Family Services in coordinating in-house storytimes presented by Early Literacy Specialists

  • Identify and present additional early literacy programming in neighborhood libraries 

  • Provide training to Early Literacy Specialists and other Youth and Family Services staff on early literacy skill development and other early childhood topics as requested

  • Coordinate early literacy summer reading programs and 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program

  • Develop and implement family engagement programs to help build skills in young children and model best practices to caregivers in support of community initiatives focused on school readiness for children and families

  • Assist in the management of early literacy spaces in library buildings, in particular the Ready to Read centers at Southwest and Northside libraries

  • Assist in the selection of early literacy program materials and developmentally appropriate toys

  • Develop and implement professional development programs for early childhood educators and parent education programs for caregivers of young children

  • Assist in the selection of early childhood materials for the library collection according to the Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy

  • Assist the Head of Youth and Family Services in evaluating current early literacy programs and in developing long-range plans for early literacy services

  • Assist in the management of social media and online content related to early literacy, including library programs and services, book recommendations for children under 5, and other early literacy initiatives

  • Be knowledgeable of KPL planning and policy developments.

  • Provide assistance at KPL locations to users in accessing library collections, answering information questions, providing reader's advisory assistance, and assist in operating equipment.  

  • Serve as Person in Charge when required. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required 

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science.

  • Experience, knowledge, and/or training in services to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

  • Professional librarian experience preferred (public library experience preferred).

  • Spanish language fluency preferred. 

  •  Ability to communicate effectively with library staff and the public.

  •  Ability to gather statistics, analyze information and write reports.

  •  Ability to use computer software and manage computerized files.

  •  Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationships with the public, peers, and supervisors.

  •  Ability to creatively and effectively make independent decisions based upon experience,  knowledge, or training without supervision.

  •  Mathematical ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) without the aid of the calculator.

  •  Problem-solving skills; develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems; recommend actions designed to prevent problems from occurring; refer recommended solutions to Head of Youth and Family Services when necessary.

  • Reading ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins, etc. Working knowledge of English grammar and spelling.

  • Time management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

  • A personal vehicle for use on the job.


Kenosha Public Library
Southwest Library
7979 38th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
United States

How to apply

Interested candidates must apply utilizing the City of Kenosha's online application system.  A link to the listing is included below.  Applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 and must include a letter of interest and a current resume.

Early Literacy Librarian

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