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This is a Public Library - We are Seeking a Children's Librarian

Full-Time Youth Services Librarian – Putnam Valley Free Library


The Putnam Valley Library, an association library serving a semi-rural community of 12,000 individuals in the lower Hudson Valley of New York, seeks an enthusiastic and creative full-time Children’s Librarian.


Essential Responsibilities:


·         Plan & implement programs for children and teens that support the library’s long-term plan.

·         Provide excellent customer service to children and families.

·         Provide readers’ advisory to children and teens.

·         Oversee the youth services floor workflow in collaboration with the youth coordinator.

·         Train and provide guidance as needed to library clerks assigned to the youth floor.

·         Assist with collection development.

·         Collect and maintain statistics.

·         Create and distribute marketing material for children and teen programs.

·         Update and maintain the youth program calendar for the website.

·         Oversee & develop a summer reading program in collaboration with the youth coordinator.

·         Contribute to the library’s social media presence.

·         Develop an active youth and teen volunteer program.

·         Contribute to print and/or newsletters as needed.

·         Account for the youth programs budget in collaboration with the youth services coordinator.

·         Outreach and collaborate with local organizations and local schools.

·         Seek grant opportunities.

·         Assist with circulation duties as needed.

Essential Traits:

·         Experience working with children and teens.

·         Commitment to outstanding public service for children and teenage populations.

·         Proficient in current and emerging technologies.

·         Ability to organize and self-direct work responsibly.

·         Ability to work cooperatively with all staff at every level.

·         Prefer a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university program.  Bachelor’s Degree may be accepted.

·         Eligibility for a New York State public librarian’s professional certificate at the time of application (or upon graduation).

·         Knowledge of children’s and young adult literature.

·         Fluency in the Spanish language preferred.


Minimal Qualifications:  MLS or library experience or Teaching background.  We are willing to train the right person and encourage current MLIS students to apply. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and Saturdays.  $37-47K annual salary.  Please email your resume and cover letter by 9/21/23 (or until the position is filled) to




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