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Rockford Public Library

Youth Services/Children's Librarian

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Rockford Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, and innovative Children's Librarian to join our talented and energetic team. The right candidate for this job will be savvy in early literacy, play-based learning, and youth literature. As Rockford Public Library builds a brand new state-of-the-art Main location in the heart of downtown, development of services for the new building will be an exciting part of this job.

Rockford Public Library is located in Rockford, IL, and currently consists of five locations—a main library, three branches, and a performing arts center. The Main library houses RPL’s accredited Career Online High School and a cutting-edge Maker Lab that offers sewing and embroidery machines, 3-D printers, and a laser cutter. Rockford Public Library’s neighborhood-friendly Mobile Library rolled out in the spring of 2021.

Located in northwest Illinois, Rockford is a very diverse community that is approximately 90 miles from Chicago, IL, Madison, WI, and Milwaukee, WI. Our Main library is within walking distance to bike paths, parks, and many unique, locally owned restaurants and shops near the river. Our staff is very welcoming, and eager to assist customers of all ages and walks of life.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under general direction of the department manager, performs work of moderate difficulty by applying concepts, techniques, and practices of library science. The librarian in this position will be responsible for planning and implementing youth services programming; performing outreach activities for children birth to age 14; providing reference services and reader’s advisory for children and their parents; and working collaboratively with other youth-serving organizations in the community.

All applicants must submit an employment application, cover letter, and resume via email by September 23, 2022. Visit our website to download the employment application:


QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate must demonstrate a terrific customer service attitude. Applicants must have good knowledge of family literacy principles and practices; good knowledge of emergent literacy essentials; an ability to teach information literacy skills; and an ability to collaborate with other youth-serving organizations. Applicants with experience working in a youth area of a public library; good working knowledge of children’s literature and reference sources; and experience making group presentations are desired. The successful candidate must demonstrate energy, openness, intelligence, creativity, and willingness to work within a team environment. Excellent presentation skills are also a plus. The successful candidate must also possess computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office and experience using computer software to create flyers and brochures. Bilingual skills, especially Spanish, are highly desirable. Completion of the curriculum requirements for a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school is required. Recent library school graduates or those graduating soon are welcome to apply.

Job Information
  • Location:
    Rockford, Illinois, 61101, United States
  • Job ID:
  • Posted:
    August 31, 2022
  • Position Title:
    Youth Services/Children's Librarian
  • Company Name For Job:
    Rockford Public Library
  • Library or Company Type:
    Public Library
  • Job Category:
    Children's Services
  • Entry Level:
  • Job Type:
  • Job Duration:
  • Min Education:
    Master's Degree
  • Min Experience:
    0-1 Year
  • Required Travel:
  • Salary:
    $21.14 - $21.14 (Hourly Wage)

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