Job Posting: Children's Librarian

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The Town of Hopkinton seeks a Children’s Librarian

Do you enjoy working with children and parents?

Do you want to be an important part of a dynamic professional team in a beautiful, newly renovated library?

Would you like to work in a community that embraces its library as a space for everyone?

If so, Hopkinton is the vibrant growing community for you!

The Town of Hopkinton is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Children's Librarian to provide exceptional customer service in our busy public library serving an expanding, dynamic town. We're looking for a community-focused, creative professional who will work closely with the library team to keep the children's department growing and innovating. Looking for an opportunity to let your imagination soar, build strong relationships, and accomplish great things? This is your chance! Come to Hopkinton and work with talented and enthusiastic colleagues; connect with and serve a supportive, highly engaged community; see an established and successful department through new and exciting changes and challenges; and enjoy each day spent in a big, beautiful, brand-new Children's Room in a recently renovated and expanded building!

The Children's Librarian works with library patrons from birth through approximately age 12 and their family members or guardians, maintains a welcoming Children's Room with activities and up-to-date resources, and organizes and coordinates a variety of programs and services to promote reading and enhance the lives of young library users. The Children's Librarian ensures that all children of Hopkinton are well-serviced by a vibrant library space and a wide range of resources, activities, and other offerings that respond to community needs and promote reading, literacy, research, curiosity, well-being, etc.


Master’s degree in library and information science or similar field from an American Library Association accredited program with at least two to four years progressively responsible library experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of public library practices and procedures; children’s literature and children’s reading programs and activities; child development; library technologies and common software applications; working knowledge of the laws, regulations and departmental policies pertaining to library services.

Ability to be creative and use imagination; read aloud; plan and direct craft and other activities; supervise assistants and volunteers.

Establish good rapport with children and parents/guardians; pay attention to accuracy; work with frequent interruptions in a busy environment; maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, other organizations, and the public.

Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing; handle multiple tasks, determine priorities, and meet deadlines; maintain accurate and detailed records; recognize library priorities and work cooperatively and collaboratively to support their accomplishment.

Organizational/planning, writing, interpersonal/collaborative communication, leadership, resourcefulness, and discretion; computer skills that encompass effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, email, social media, internet browser, and library software.

At least two years public library and/or youth services experience preferred.

Hiring Range: Depending on qualifications

Internal/External Applicants: To be considered for this vacancy, please submit the required Application for Employment, to [email protected] no later than 4:30 PM, Monday, November 26, 2018. You may also include a cover letter and resume; however, the Application for Employment is required. Applications will also be accepted via walk-in or mail at: Town Hall, Human Resources Department, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. The Town of Hopkinton is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.