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Thursday, August 22, 2013


Now that I've got your attention: JOBS!

If you are a children's librarian and want to work in Brooklyn, then you're in luck, my friend! Below are some current job/internship opportunities at Brooklyn Public Library for youth specialists. We haven't hired any librarians in over five years, so this is a BIG DEAL, you guys. 

Click on the links for more details and information about how to apply!

Children's Librarian

"Brooklyn Public Library is seeking a committed and enthusiastic Children’s Librarian to deliver quality library services and programs in one of our 58 neighborhood branch libraries. The Children’s Librarian, under the supervision of the Neighborhood Library Supervisor, works as a part of the branch team and performs basic library work concentrating on service to children and their parents and caregivers."

MyLibraryNYC Outreach Librarian

"BPL is seeking an Outreach Librarian to work as part of MyLibraryNYC (a partnership with NYC DOE) providing outreach services to participating Brooklyn schools. The successful candidate for this position will perform library work introducing students and faculty in MyLibraryNYC schools to the program. He/she will collaborate with colleagues to identify the needs of each school and develop programs and services accordingly. This position requires professional knowledge and judgment, including, but not limited to, reference and reader’s advisory services utilizing materials both in print and electronic resources, collection development, and individual/group programming. The successful candidate will also possess strong ability in and comfort with presentations, outreach and training. Staff at this level report to the Coordinator of School-Age Services and other assigned supervisors. This is a one year, grant-funded position. The grant will end August 30, 2014 with possibility of extension with additional funding. The position may transition to a traditional Children’s or Young Adult Librarian position in Brooklyn Public Library neighborhood libraries."

Also, if you're looking for a shorter-term thing, this internship is a really great opportunity, and it's PAID. (I have been a mentor for the RSK program the past few seasons, and I can tell you that it's a lot of fun for all involved.) Information about how to apply at the bottom.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! Storytime Program Intern - Fall 2013

Brooklyn Public Library

"Applications are solicited ASAP for Storytime Program Interns for BPL’s Ready, Set, Kindergarten programs. The Ready, Set, Kindergarten Interns will provide a six session series of preschool programs in designated branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on specific dates in the fall of 2013.  The interns are scheduled to work at for 3 hours on each session of the series.

All interns must also attend a paid training session scheduled for Saturday September 21, time TBA (likely afternoon).  Each intern will be assigned a branch for all six sessions, and all interns must be willing to travel to their assigned branch, and be available to present programs on the following dates: September 28/29, October 5/6, 19/20, 26/27 and November 2/3, 9/10. (Interns will be assigned to Saturday or Sunday programs, not both—most of the opportunities are for Saturdays).

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Using BPL’s curriculum, plan and conduct storytime programs for children 3-5 years of age and their parents or caregivers.
  • Coordinate with assigned branch to prepare for the storytime series
  • Share picture books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities with families to promote the development of early literacy skills and science and math skills in young children. 
  • Share tips and information with parents about early literacy skills and how reading with children can promote their development. Share tips on incorporating basic math and science skills into daily life with children, and tips on school readiness.
  • Gather information and surveys from participants for an evaluation of this project.
  • Set up and clean up program materials. 
  • Communicate clearly with Ready, Set, Kindergarten coordinator, and consult with assigned mentor on at least three occasions.
  • Report any problems to mentor or library staff overseeing the program. 

Skills and qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with young children or knowledge of children’s literature.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel.
  • Enrollment in a graduate library or education program desirable, but not essential.   
  • Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Bengali, Polish, or Russian a plus. 

Stipend: $100 per program & $100 to attend the training session. 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter (email preferred) to: 

Katya Schapiro
Ready, Set, Kindergarten Program Coordinator
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY  11238

So, join us! We can sit together at meetings! YAY!

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