KidSpace Early Literacy Associate


Gail Borden Public Library District
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time
18 hours per week. Hours include 1 morning shift, afternoons, and every other Saturday. (Schedule is subject to change)
$17.28 per hour

Are you a creative, hands-on leader with a passion for bringing the library to life for our youngest customers? Are you passionate about early literacy and find working with children, parents and teachers energizing? Gail Borden Public Library is looking for a friendly, creative, and enthusiastic person to join our KidSpace Department at the Main Library. Candidates must be proficient in technology and possess strong customer service skills, must be comfortable working on a team in a fast-paced environment, and—most importantly—must enjoy working with children of all ages.

In this role you will:

  • Coordinate, plan, and present weekly preschool programs and events for groups of all sizes
  • Collaborate with local schools, day care centers and community partners on large events, such as the Preschool Information Fair
  • Assist in maintaining the toy and kit collection to meet our customer's needs
  • Provide reader's advisory and reference assistance to children of all ages and their caregivers
  • Facilitate passive programming, such as "messy play on the patio" and scavenger hunts

You will need to be:

  • Friendly, outgoing, and able to work with all types of people … especially children
  • Organized & detail-minded to plan and present literature-based and STEAM programs to children
  • Knowledgeable about technology trends in education
  • Knowledgeable about children's books and materials
  • Able to collaborate with a team and work one on one with customers and staff
  • Moderately agile with the ability to maintain a moderate activity level involved with children's programming
  • Adaptable and positive about changes in existing practices, assignments, and workflows

Other Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Work experience in public library or school preferred, along with successful experience working with young children
  • Early literacy experience desired
  • Spanish language skills desired

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Date below
Deadline Date: 
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Application Note: 

Please review the full job description and consider joining our award-winning Library. Click here to download the Employment Application and save as a pdf file. Submit a cover letter, resume and the Employment Application to: or mail to: Gail Borden Public Library, c/o Human Resources, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120. Employment Applications are also available at the Main Library's Administration Office, Customer Service, and Rakow and South Elgin branch locations.

Application Contact: 
Human Resources
Apply To: 
Gail Borden Public Library
ELGIN , IL 60120-5505
Phone: 847-742-2411
Fax: 847-742-0485
42° 2' 32.8128" N, 88° 17' 16.8396" W