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Part-time Children’s Specialist at Central Library (Harrisonburg)


MRL is seeking a part-time employee to fill the position of Children’s Specialist in the Youth Services Department at the Central Library in Harrisonburg, VA.This position is 16.5 hours per week with the following schedule:

Tue: 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Wed: 9:00AM – 1:00PM (story times)

Thurs: 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Fri/Sat* 11:30AM – 4:00PM *every 4th Saturday only (no Friday shift on the week with a Saturday shift)

Primary duties for this position include developing and presenting story times by leading program participants in songs, rhymes, and related activities, craft preparation, interacting with children and caregivers, providing customer service to library patrons at the service desk and on the phone, and shelving library materials. The Children’s Specialist works under the supervision of the Youth Services Coordinator.

Applicants must have knowledge of early childhood learning and literacy, excellent communication skills, and technology skills. The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or its equivalent. Bilingual English/Spanish applicants are preferred. The interview process will require presenting a 5-10 minute story time preview to include reading a children’s book of your choice to the interview committee.

The physical demands for this position include the ability to operate a variety of office equipment, standing for long periods, frequent stooping, bending, and stretching when shelving library materials on high and low shelves, and the ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds frequently, and to push/pull library carts frequently. The rate of pay for this position is $13.00-$15.00 per hour, dependent upon experience.

To apply for please complete an MRL employment application and submit with cover letter and resume to: This position is open until filled.

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