Children's Librarian


Cook Memorial Public Library Center
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time

Children's Librarian

Collaborative. Creative. Child-focused.

If these words describe your ideal work situation, please read on!

Cook Memorial Public Library District is looking for someone who enjoys being part of a team working with children preK through grade six and their families. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about sharing books, rhymes, music, and movement with children and their caregivers in story times; interested in sharing books, technology, and other media with children and their families; and committed to working collaboratively to provide innovative and excellent services and programs to a diverse community.

Hours: Full-Time (37.5 hours per week), including evening hours and weekend rotation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the planning and presentation of story times as part of the Early Literacy team.
  • Provides reference and readers' advisory services to patrons in person, on the telephone, and via electronic media (e.g. email, instant messaging).
  • Maintains knowledge of all genres of children's literature for babies through 8th grade.
  • Assists patrons in the use of electronic products, including the website, online catalog systems, downloadable materials, electronic databases, and handheld devices.
  • Assists in planning and presentation of department programs and activities, including creation of materials in print and electronic formats (e.g., podcasts, videos, blog posts, PowerPoint presentations)
  • Assists with administrative tasks such as creating inventories and lists of materials, preparing materials for programs, entering data, compiling statistics, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidates are invited to review the CMPLD Early Literacy Story Time Framework


  • MLS degree from ALA-accredited library school, or near completion of degree.
  • Experience working with young children (ages 0-5 years old) in school, public library, or similar setting.
  • Interest in early literacy / child development.
  • Enthusiasm for offering programs and other services to children.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults.
  • Fluent in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to use software and other electronic resources and assist patrons in use of these resources.
  • Reliable and willing to fill in extra hours, when necessary.
  • Ability to work at both Cook Park Library (Libertyville) and Aspen Drive Library (Vernon Hills).
  • Ability to speak language(s) other than English is desirable, but not required.

Salary: $42,386 per year, plus benefits (including but not limited to paid vacation, personal, and sick leave; participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan and availability of 457 savings plans; and opportunities for continuing education)

Apply online at through Friday, April 26.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Date below
Deadline Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Application Note: 
Application Contact: 
Marla Littlefield
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