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Youth Services Librarian, Bellingham Public Library (Bellingham)

The Bellingham Public Library seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic full time Youth Services Librarian.

Bellingham, Massachusetts is a community located 35 miles southwest of Boston in Norfolk County.  Bellingham shares borders with the towns of Franklin, Milford, Medway, Mendon, Blackstone, Wrentham and Hopedale, Massachusetts and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  The population of the town is approximately 17,000 and there are two elementary schools, one middle school, one alternative public school, and one high school in town – the middle and high school are within walking distance to the library.  The public library currently has over 8,000 library card holders, a library budget over $600,000 per year, thirteen employees and is part of the C/WMARS network and the Massachusetts Library System.  

The Youth Services Librarian is a contracted MLS position, under the supervision of the Library Director.  In charge of the daily operation and the on-going programming of the Children’s Department of the library, the Youth Services Librarian provides library services for children from infancy through 12 years of age.  This full-time exempt position (35 hours per week minimum) is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the overall operations of the Youth Services Department.  The ideal candidate will maintain the current level of youth programming to meet the expectations of the community.

The Youth Services Librarian will work closely with the Teen Librarian who serves children ages 12 through 18, to offer innovative, popular, flexible, and creative programming to the children of the community.  This position requires flexible working hours, including working every third Saturday from September to June, and one evening per week year-round.


The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

·    Assist children in the use of the library and its resources
·    Assists parents and children in selecting appropriate children’s materials
·    Develop and maintain the children’s area, including budgeting, purchasing, programming, and collection development
·    Continual development of a very active innovative youth services program
·    Maintain a pleasant, inviting children’s area
·    Selection and review of all youth and juvenile materials, including books, periodicals, audio-visual and multi-media and other non-print formats
·    Maintain the children’s collection by regular examination and periodic weeding
·    Schedule, plan, organize, implement and evaluate children’s programs, including but not limited to story times, crafts, after school programs, films, and special events
·    Contracts with skilled resource performers to present special programming
·    Identifies outside sources of funding and writes effective grant applications
·    Schedule, plan, organize, implement and conduct Summer Reading Program in coordination with Public Services/Teen Librarian
·    Coordinates volunteers assigned to the children’s area
·    Maintains continuous contact with local schools and community agencies
·    Programming and implementation of all information literacy training for children
·    Cooperates as team staff member with all staff in assisting in other departments, as necessary
·    Conduct library tours for schools
·    Attend youth services meetings and workshops, serve on councils, committees and boards, as appropriate
·    Maintain school generated Summer Reading Lists
·    Conduct book talks at schools
·    Conduct story hours during outreach sessions at appropriate preschools and agencies, as time allows
·    Maintain the youth services pages of the library website and the events calendar for children’s programs, as well as children’s social media pages
·    Prepare statistical information for the Library Director regarding children’s materials and programs
·    Assist library patrons with use of electronic sources in the children’s room
·    Advise Library Director regarding technology needs in the children’s room
·    Maintain the library Story Walk on the Town Common; change the display at least 4 times per year
·    Other duties, as assigned



A successful candidate will possess great enthusiasm for preparing and performing programming for children from infancy through age twelve;  have knowledge of current best practices for youth services, library science theory, reference materials for youth and juvenile collections; shown ability to prepare and track the youth services budget, write and administer grants, set priorities and make decisions for changing programming and collections; desire to perform outreach to all youth in the Bellingham area; and skill to effectively transmit information to the public with clear and concise communication skills.  

Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science and experience as youth librarian strongly desired. However, equivalent education and/or experience will be considered for the right candidate.

Starting Salary:  $48,000 to $58,000 per year depending upon qualifications. Town of Bellingham benefits include health, dental and retirement, as well as vacation, holiday, and personal days, sick time allowances.   

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$48,000.00 - $58,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

Candidate must submit a resume and cover letter to the Library Director.  Those received before November 15, 2022 will be given first consideration.  The Library Director will screen applicants and those best qualified will be invited to interview with the Board of Library Trustees.  It is hoped that a successful candidate will be hired before January 1, 2023.

Submit your resume and cover letter to:  Bernadette D. Rivard, Director, Bellingham Public Library, 100 Blackstone Street, Bellingham, MA 02019 or email to


2022-10-26 |  Quick link to this job