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Assistant Children’s Librarian, Part-time

November 12th, 2015

Position: Assistant Children’s Librarian, Part-time
Phoenixville Public Library
Position Type: Part-time/Non-Exempt
Salary Information: $15-$20/hr. based on experience
Hours: 20/week, 9am-1pm Monday through Friday, occasional night hours as needed
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Original posting date: November 10, 2015
Submit Cover letters and resumes to Rebecca Krause, Director of Youth & Young Adult Services.
Mail: 183 Second Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460, e-mail: or Fax: 610-933-4338
The Phoenixville Public Library is seeking an Assistant Children’s Librarian for a 20-hour per week position. The Library is the third busiest library within the Chester County Library System. The Phoenixville Public Library is known for its quality children’s programming and we are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated member for our team. Responsibilities for this position include developing, promoting, and implementing effective programming for children, including stories, music, and crafts, and teens. Promoting youth services, performing reader’s advisory, compiling statistical information based on programs and attendance, and providing a high level of customer service are some of the additional responsibilities of this position. This position reports to the Director of Youth and Young Adult Services.
· Working knowledge of child development from birth to through elementary school age
· Ability to develop, coordinate, and implement children’s programming including STEAM for all ages
· Ability to develop, coordinate and implement young adult programming
· Experience in leading story times and other types of programming
· A desire to develop a love of literacy in children
· Ability to provide readers advisory and reference services to children, their caregivers, etc.
· Assist in promoting library use, especially programs and services of the children’s and young adult departments
· Working knowledge of the principles and practices of public libraries
· Ability to deliver high quality customer service
· Ability to work with the public more specifically with children and their caregivers
· Ability to communicate clearly and effectively through written and oral communication
· Function well within a busy environment
· Ability to work well within a team environment
· Possess an attention to detail
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
· Ability to work independently
· Compiles statistical data such as tracking program attendance to be used in statistical reports

· Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent education.
· Criminal Background checks- State and Federal
· Child Abuse Clearance Check
· Working knowledge of MS Office including but not limited to Word, Outlook, and Publisher.
Ability to handle, lift and move library materials up to 25 pounds, to operate a keyboard and a variety of computer programs, office machines and cash register; to push book carts weighing up to 125 pounds, and to stand several hours, sit, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or squat, climb stairs, use step stools or ladders, work with arms above shoulder height and twist or rotate at the waist, and reach within confined areas. Close vision is required in order to read small print and a computer monitor.

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.

Budget Deadline Looms as Private Talks Continue: Library Messages Vital

June 26th, 2013

Behind-the-scenes meetings continue this week between legislative leaders and Governor Corbett as they work toward a final budget before the June 30 deadline. Email messages to your Senator and to the Governor can still make a big difference.We can achieve progress but only if you join with hundreds of other library advocates all across the state who have decided to Take Action.

Just as a reminder, the budget that passed the House now being considered in the Senate:

·increases Library Access/POWER Library by $500,000 (+ 17.7%) and the State Library by $29,000 (+1.5%), and,

·level-funds the Public Library Subsidy ($53.5 million) and Library Services for the Visually impaired and Disabled ($2.5 million.)

We recognize that these increases will not solve all library service and funding challenges overnight. But on the plus side, these funding increases would represent genuine progress in a year greatly complicated by weak economic recovery and big-ticket budget items such as pension reform, transportation funding, and liquor privatization.

Since the House-passed budget bill included some increases, there is real reason for hope in the Senate. But we dare not take anything for granted. Click Here to send an email message to your State Senator and to Governor Corbett.

Please spread this word as widely as possible and please don’t delay. We’re in the mix and the goal is close at hand.

Thank you for your membership and great support of PaLA’s advocacy goals. Most of all, thanks for Taking Action to improve library services!


Glenn R. Miller
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association
220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055

PA Tax Forms Here

January 25th, 2013

The PA-40 and other Pennsylvania income tax schedules have arrived and are in the revolving display rack at the bottom of our staircase.  We should be receiving more IRS forms by the end of the month.