The Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library is a neighborhood branch library, providing collections, programming, and outreach, and other library services to a highly diverse community, consisting of immigrants, families, and other people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and economic classes. It promotes reading, education, and access to information and technology.
This position has primary responsibility for all services for children, including the maintenance of collections, the planning and delivery of programming, and the delivery of outreach, both to neighborhood schools and daycare centers and at the branch. Van Nest is a family literacy branch, so there is a high volume of outreach for preschool aged children and their families.
Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Children’s Librarian:
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 in 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
Works to engage children with the collection in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones
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 (e.g., MyLibraryNYC, the Library’s partnership with NYC schools), collections, specialized programs and resources to enhance the reading skills of children
Encourages 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 ensuring a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources
Mentors library staff in preparing and presenting children’s programs
Assists with circulation, fines & fees management, reserves and opening/closing procedures
May take responsibility for the facility, staff and operations in the absence of the Library Manager
Maintains a working knowledge of trends in children's literature, youth services and the profession through webinars, meetings, internal training, conferences, professional literature and organizational memberships
Trains and supervises other staff assisting with children’s programming and outreach, including one full time IA responsible for supporting children’s services on a regular basis