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Job Opening: PT Passport Acceptance Agent

February 1st, 2016

Job Opening: Part Time Passport Acceptance Agent

Department: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: 183 Second Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phoenixville Public Library is seeking a part-time Passport Acceptance Agent. Responsibilities
include accepting passport applications and taking passport photos according to U.S. Department of State procedures and guidelines, and scheduling appointments.

No previous Passport Acceptance Agent experience is necessary.  The successful applicant for this position is required to complete and pass an online training course.

Applicants for this position must be:
* at least 18 years old,
* a U.S. citizen or U.S. national,
* approved by the Department of State,
* not presently on parole or probation related to any Federal, State, or local convictions,
* not presently under indictment for a Federal, State, or local felony, or a misdemeanor related to breach of trust or moral turpitude,
* free of any Federal, State, or local felony convictions,
* free of any Federal, State, or local misdemeanor convictions related to breach of trust or moral turpitude (i.e., embezzlement, document fraud, drug offense, or dishonesty carrying out a responsibility involving public trust)

Applicants for this position must have excellent attention to detail, enjoy working with the public, have strong communication skills, function well in a busy environment, and have the ability to work well as part of a team.

This position also requires the following physical abilities: to operate a camera, computer, and cash register, and a variety of other office tools and machines.

All Library positions require criminal background checks, both Federal and State, as well as child abuse clearances.

Position Type
Part-Time / Non-Exempt
Salary Information
Hourly rate: $10.00 per hour.
Varies according to scheduled appointments; availability must include Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-9 PM, Saturdays 9:30 AM – 2 PM
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Other Information
Original posting date: February 1, 2016
To apply, contact Mark Pinto, Adult Services Director, Phoenixville Public Library
Email:; Voice: 610-933-3013 ext 132; Fax: 610-933-4338

Join Longwood Gardens’ Community Read

January 15th, 2016

Join Phoenixville Public Library for the third year of the Community Read sponsored by Longwood Gardens.  The Community Read is a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.  The powerful idea of ‘one person to inspire many’ is the center of this year’s theme, featuring two inspiring titles, one for adults and one for children.  In Grandma Gatewood’s Walk (2014), author Ben Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine—a woman who, to escape personal struggles, in 1955, embarks on a journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain…alone…without any equipment…at the age of 67.  In the children’s title, On Meadowview Street (2007), author Henry Cole tells the story of a little girl, Caroline, who makes a connection with a small flower. That connection grows…and grows, transforming her new neighborhood.  Copies of the books are available at the Library or may be reserved at  The Phoenix Book Club will discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk at its gathering on Monday, April 4, and other events are planned for adults, families, and children in conjunction with the Community Read.  Learn more at  For more information on Phoenixville Library’s programs, you may also call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail

Circulation Assistant, Part-Time

December 14th, 2015

Position: P/T Circulation Assistant
Reports To: Circulation Manager

Summary / Main Purpose of Job:
The Phoenixville Public Library is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing access to educational, cultural, and recreational resources for the community it serves. The library is currently seeks part-time circulation assistant who will report to the Circulation Manager. Part-time Library Assistants are responsible for performing all circulation duties in a timely, efficient manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
* Performs all circulation desk duties using computerized system
o Check materials in/out/renew materials
o Reserve materials
o Issues new patron cards/updates cards
o Manages the routing of Holds
o Collect patron fines and fees and make change as needed.
* Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas
o Turn on/off all computers/copiers/printers
o Empty book drops
* Notifies patrons about reserved materials
* Answers phone and routes calls as necessary
* Update computer records, as requested.
* Performs basic reference work or refers it to senior staff in charge
* Assists patrons in locating materials through the OPAC or ILL
* Assisting patrons with finding library materials, providing reader’s advisory, answering basic computer queries, and monitoring appropriate use of the facility.
* Inspect returned materials for damage.
* Be familiar with all print and other items located at the Circulation Desks, for public or staff use.
* Maintain neatness and orderliness at the Desks at all times.
* Perform circulation procedures effectively and accurately according to the principles of quality customer service.
* Greets, direct, and provide information to library customers and performs a variety of clerical tasks related to the processing, sorting and circulation of library materials.
* Respond to incoming telephone calls and provide basic assistance with directional, instructional and informational inquiries at the circulation desks and public workstations.
* Candidates must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent customer service and computer skills.
* Keep abreast of all System changes and improvements.
* Perform assigned tasks and projects completely and in a timely manner.
* Handle financial transactions accurately.
* Respond to requests for help from customers.
* Keep pace with all library policies, staff meeting minutes and changes in Procedure Manual.
* Attend in-house departmental and staff meetings, county or regional educational programs for staff development or basic computer or Internet education, as requested or assigned by the Circulation Manager

* High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED), some college preferred.
* Basic office skills (typing, filing, answering phones, etc.).
* Previous experience working in library with computerized systems.
* Customer service skills.
* Basics knowledge and use of computers, e-mail, and the internet.
* Some knowledge of reference materials and other resources, as well as the ability to use computers to access these resources including the Internet, is required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; walk; stand; bend at the waist while working; kneel, stoop, crouch or squat; talk or hear; handle and lift up to 25 pounds; push a cart of books that weighs up to 125 pounds; and sit at a computer terminal for up to 4 hours at a time. Occasionally, the employee will need to work with arms above shoulders or reach above shoulder height.
The specific vision requirements for this position are as follows:
* Close vision.
* Color vision.
* Ability to read and alphabetize and place items in numeric order.

The following background checks are required:
* Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
* Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance
* Federal Criminal History Record Information

8-15 hours per a week with one evening a week and one Saturday (8 hours) per a month required.

Salary: $9.75/hour

Submit cover letter and resume by January 8, 2016 to:
Maggie Stanton, Circulation Manager
Phoenixville Public Library
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460-3243
or by e-mail to

Chester County League of Women Voters Guide Available

May 8th, 2015

The Chester County League of Women Voters has published a guide to the Spring Primary election. The guide is available at the Adult Library Circulation Desk and is for use in the Library.

Desktop Video Magnifier Available for Use

April 24th, 2015

The Library recently received a donation of aDSCN1313 desktop video magnifier, for use in enlarging printed type, pictures, handwriting, and small details.  It is available for patron use at the Information Desk in the Adult Library.  Magnification level and display colors can be adjusted, and the device is simple to operate.  For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132.

Gadget Guru Volunteers Wanted

April 24th, 2014

Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity with Phoenixville Public
Library?  The Library is planning to offer a “gadget guru” service, where
patrons can walk in during a set time and receive assistance using their
smartphone, e-reader, tablet, laptop or other electronic gadget.  If you
are tech savvy and enjoy helping others, please contact me for a volunteer
application or to answer any questions.  Federal and state background
checks and child abuse clearances are required for all Library volunteers, paid
for by the applicant.  For more information, e-mail me at or call me at 610-933-3013

Library Closed Friday, Jan. 3

January 2nd, 2014

The Library is closed Friday, January 3, due to the inclement weather.

Library Closed Today, December 10

December 10th, 2013

Due to the inclement weather, the Library is closed today, Tuesday, December 10.  We expect to reopen at 9 AM on Wednesday, December 11.

New Library Phone Extension Numbers

July 12th, 2013

The Library has just installed a new telephone system.  All of the Library’s phone extensions are now three digits long, with a 1 added to the beginning of the old two-digit extension numbers.  For example, the extension for the Children’s Library Circulation Desk used to be 24 and is now 124.  See for the new phone extensions of Library management staff.  Every effort has been made to update phone extension numbers referenced on the pages of our website.  If we’ve missed any, please contact us to let us know.  Thank you!

Bike Race to Affect Traffic Around Library

July 10th, 2013

Those of you planning to come to the Library on Thursday evening, July 11, should be aware of street closures and traffic issues in Phoenixville surrounding the Criterium bicycle race that takes place tomorrow from 5 to 9 PM.  Please click the following link for more information:  Thank you.