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Head of Childrens' Services (Senior Librarian), Bedford Free Public Library (Bedford)

The Bedford Free Public Library in Bedford, Massachusetts (pop. 14,200), is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic librarian to be our full-time Head of Children’s Services. This person will manage the Children’s Department under the general direction of the Library Director and Assistant Director.


Supervise operations of the Children’s Department and provide readers’ advisory, reference, early literacy, outreach, and other library services to children, families, educators, and other patrons.

Be responsible for all children’s programming, including year-round story times, special events, and the annual summer reading program.

Coordinate activities with school librarians, daycare centers, and community groups.

Be the primary selector for children’s materials.

Supervise full- and part-time librarians and all other staff assigned to the Children’s Room.

Act as the Librarian-in-Charge on evenings or weekends. Provide training for all staff and participate as a key professional in the Library.

This position is 40 hours per week, with one evening a week and Saturdays in a rotation schedule. 


This position requires a Master’s in Library & Information Science plus a minimum of three years of professional library experience. Advanced knowledge in collection development, children’s literature, and child development is required. Experience with creative play, arts and crafts, storytelling, and children’s programming is essential. Musical talents or skills as a puppeteer would be a plus. Fluency in contemporary and emerging technologies is a must.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to develop and deliver excellent customer service in a fun, warm, and welcoming environment for children of all ages. A positive attitude, flexibility, and a sense of humor are important. 

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$71,927.42 - $95,308.85  / year

Salary Notes

The salary range begins at $71,927.42, depending on education and experience, and includes a full Town benefits package.

Closing Date

Until Filled

How to Apply

Email a letter of interest, resume, and Town of Bedford application ( to Noreen O’Gara, Assistant Library Director


2022-06-22 |  Quick link to this job