Youth Services Outreach Specialist (K-12)


Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Library Type: 
Public Library
Illinois County: 

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time
25 hours per week.  Some flexibility in scheduling is required to support the team and our customers, including evening and weekend hours.  
$18.92- $22.25/hour depending on qualifications

Can you deliver a book-talk in your sleep? Do you get pumped presenting to classrooms of kids and teachers? Does figuring out the right library resources for a classroom teacher give you satisfaction? Do you like flexing your creative muscles planning hands-on activities to engage youth of all ages? We are looking for a creative, engaging and reliable outreach specialist to join our outreach team to help us develop and deliver our growing youth outreach services for youth grades K-12.

You will have duties that cover many aspects of library service—including programs, providing information, readers' advisory, and circulation—but primarily you will provide outstanding outreach in a variety of settings to youth in our community. You'll be the face of the library to many in our community.

As Youth Outreach Specialist, you will collaborate with our knowledgeable and experienced staff to deliver services out in the community and in the library. You will need to work effectively with teachers and other community partners, staff from across library departments and customers with diverse backgrounds, abilities and skills.

Our ideal candidate will have a flexible and positive mindset, excellent organizational skills, and be able to creatively manage, problem-solve and prioritize multiple initiatives. A commitment to discussing, integrating, and promoting inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility is vital in order to provide meaningful library services to our community.


  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with educators and staff at community organizations, including schools, businesses and other public libraries.
  • Prepare and present high-energy presentations for students and teachers, including hands-on activities, book talks, database instruction and promotion of library services/programs.
  • Gather resources on a given topic to provide curricular support to K-12th grade classrooms.
  • Prepare and present literacy-based and STEM programs for youth and family audiences.
  • Give tours of the library to school and community groups of all ages.
  • Represent the library and present programs at community events, including extracurricular activity/athletic nights and community-wide events.
  • Provide reader's advisory and circulation services on the Bookmobile to support community events and outreach visits.
  • Desk shifts providing reference and reader's advisory in Kids' World (youth ages 0-6th grade) and the Hub (teens grades 7-12).

Requirements & Skills

  • Comfortable speaking to large groups of all ages, from children to adults.
  • A positive attitude and ability to adapt quickly to unexpected circumstances.
  • Experience with or interest in working with underserved or vulnerable populations.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Positive and welcoming communication skills in order to excel in Our Culture.
  • Proficient in using technology (e.g. computers, tablets, internet) to assist customers.
  • A good working knowledge of books, movies and pop culture for youth preferred.
  • Experience working with youth and multicultural audiences preferred.


Bachelor's degree in education, child/adolescent development or related field. Customer service and program experience preferred.

Hours and Scheduling

Part-time position, 25 hours per week. Some flexibility in scheduling is required to support the team and our customers, including evening and weekend hours.

Benefits: Benefits include two weeks of vacation plus sick and personal leave, as well as participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan and availability of Roth/457 savings plan.

This opportunity will remain open for applications until the position is filled.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

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Arlington Heights Memorial library adheres to CDC guidelines to provide a safe environment for staff and customers.

Application Contact: 
Human Resources Department
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