Children’s Services Coordinator/Librarian ( Zelienople Area Public Library)


Zelienople Area Public Library is located in Zelienople and serves a local service area population of approximately 10,800 people. The Library’s community service areas includes Zelienople Borough, Harmony Borough, Jackson Township and Lancaster Township. As a member Library of the Butler County Federated Library System, the Library serves residents of greater Butler County as well.

Job Summary: Zelienople Area Public Library seeks a well-organized, energetic and dynamic Children’s Coordinator/Librarian (Coordinator refers to candidate without MLS; Librarian for candidate with MLS). The ideal candidate will enjoy working with and motivating children ages infants up to 12— and occasionally up to the Tween age level–in acquiring relevant literacy skills. The ideal candidate will be forward-thinking, willing to be creative and think outside of the box, adept at planning with strong technical, communication, project management and networking skills. This candidate will work with the Adult Services Librarian, Library Clerks, and the Library Director to execute the Library’s mission.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently plans and creates, facilitates and evaluates children-driven, project-based programs and workshops that are designed to build skills in digital media, STEM/STEAM, the maker movement, information literary, the love of reading, and new emerging technologies for pre-school and school age children and their families;
  • Be aware and knowledgeable of current public Library trends, standards, practices and procedures in Children’s Librarianship;
  • Responsibilities and opportunities for leadership include delivery of year round story times and book talks, a large summer reading program
  • Promotes Library services and resources to the public within the Library and within the community, including the use of electronic resources for children.
  • Supports, encourages and creates a community of readers through partnerships with local educational institutions and organizations working with children (i.e., local schools, day care centers and other community organizations)
  • Selects and catalogs new materials for the juvenile collection. Oversees deselection of materials from the juvenile collection.
  • Communicates and collaborates with Children’s Services staff at the New Castle Library District and Butler County Federated Library System Libraries
  • Performs circulation duties for both adult, teen and children community members and performs opening and closing procedures. Provides high quality customer service to a diverse public in accordance with the Library’s mission and policies
  • Provides children’s literature readers’ advisory and reference services
  • Markets Children’s Library programs on various Library social media platforms—Facebook, website, Instagram
  • Works with Adult Services or Teen Specialist staff with implementing an occasional (possibly 1 x a month) Teen program (this position would assist with the delivery of the program).
  • Completes additional projects that may be assigned (if needed)
  • Is aware of and upholds Library professional best practices (i.e., confidentiality of patron information, PII, copyright issues, etc.)


Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree; preferably in Library Science, Elementary Education or related field;
  • PA State Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance;
  • Ability to take direction; ability to work both independently and as a part of a team;
  • A strong desire for and experience in community engagement;
  • Demonstrated experience working with patrons of all ages in a public setting;
  • Ability to facilitate children in creative technology and learning;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Knowledge of current technologies and electronic resources; online catalog, Windows and MS Office; cataloging skills a plus;
  • Ability to perform duties in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to establish learning outcomes and strategies for achieving outcomes;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, associates, other agencies, community groups and the general public
  • Highly organized and good multi-tasking and planning skills



  • Master’s degree in Library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Grant writing experience
  • Prior experience recruiting and training volunteers
  • Prior Library circulation, cataloging, and reference/readers advisory experience in a Children’s Library setting
  • Knowledge of Families Place Libraries and/or other national initiatives related to information literacy and children
  • Experience engaging children and their caregivers in interactive programs within the Library and in the community
  • Knowledge of current children’s bestsellers and literary trends


Special Requirements

  • Must be adaptable to possible changing work hours. Must be willing to work 1 evening per week and 1 to 2 Saturdays a month
  • Moderate to substantial physical effort is required to perform duties under typical work conditions. The Children’s Librarian is sometimes required to lift and or move 25+ pounds, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


To apply—send cover letter, contact information for three employment or professional references, and resume to Number of Hours: Non-exempt; 30 per week during fall/winter/spring; 33 during summer; rate: $14.50 for Coordinator (w/o MLS but with some experience offering educational services to children), $14.75 for Librarian–if hold MLS (Master degree—Library Science) without children’s library experience; $15.25 for Librarian—if hold MLS with prior Children’s Library experience.