Youth Services-Early Literacy


McHenry Public Library District
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Full time (37.50 hours/week). This position includes majority daytime hours, and some evening and weekend hours.
$15.66-19.57/hour, paid vacation and sick/personal time off, health insurance and retirement (IMRF) are included in the benefits provided.

Do you love working with babies, toddlers, and their caregivers? Do you enjoy singing, dancing, and playing? Are you passionate about early literacy? If you can say yes to these, we have the position for you!

The McHenry Public Library District is seeking a creative, energetic, and friendly professional to join our Youth Services Team. A successful candidate in this position will use resources like Every Child Ready to Read® as a way to develop early literacy skills in young children and promote early literacy to families to encourage library usage and a passion for lifelong learning through innovative programming and outreach services. The main responsibilities of the position include: coordinating, planning, and executing programming for children (ages 6 and under) and their caregivers, creating and/or executing early literacy initiatives such as 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, performing outreach to area organizations and preschools, collection development in relevant areas, and assisting the Questions Desk. The skills required for this position are: excellent interpersonal skills, strong verbal and written communication abilities, a friendly and flexible presentation style, and the ability to adapt to the Library's technology needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Answers reference questions and provides basic reader's advisory in person, by telephone or email in a prompt, courteous and confidential manner.

  • Maintains working knowledge and can provide basic instruction of library technology including but not limited to catalogs, eReaders, tablets, laptops, public computers, printers, copiers, scanners, hotspots, and fax machines.

  • Plans and implements programs that respond to needs and interests of youth, teens, and/or caregivers which may include story times, summer reading, book clubs, after-school activities, and family programs, both in person and virtually.

  • Assists in the selection and maintenance of materials for assigned areas of the youth and/or teen collections in various formats.

  • Maintains knowledge of current and popular youth and teen literature and other media.

  • Participates in professional development and networking activities both in person and online.

  • Keeps current with current print and online reference and readers advisory resources to competently answer patron questions.

  • Prepares and merchandises department displays and creates bibliographies .

  • Ensures all policies and procedures of the McHenry Public Library District are followed.

Early Literacy Specialist, specialized tasks include:

  • Assumes other duties and projects as assigned.

  • May be the staff in role of one or more of the following areas: Early Literacy, Youth Programming, Teen Services , School Services, and/or Bilingual Services .

  • May maintain library website and social networking sites.

  • May serve on library committees and committees of library and community organizations that align with the library's mission.

  • May communicate and cooperate with schools, daycares and other local community organizations that serve youth and teens.

  • Performs community needs assessment to identify the needs of children under six and their caregivers, in order to create tailored services and programs to address identified needs.

    Additional Duties:

  • Implements skill development in programs and explains/demonstrates skills to caregivers.

  • Understands the childhood development of children under age six including the following: literacy skills, gross and fine motor skills, social and emotional growth.

  • Understands the current early childhood teaching practices especially related to literacy skill development.

  • Ability to create and present a variety of story times to children of different ages and in different stages of development.

  • Ability to speak in front of large groups.


  • Associate's degree, LTA or equivalent course work/ and previous library experience; Bachelor's degree desirable.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong technology skills including: Microsoft Windows and Office applications, Google Suite applications, Internet, eReaders/tablets, online video conferencing/sharing platforms, and the ability to adapt to changing technology.

  • Knowledge and appreciation of popular materials for youth and teens.

  • Understanding of the recreational and educational needs of today's youth and teens.

  • Ability to complete detailed work accurately, efficiently, and on time with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments independently or as a team.

  • Bilingual skills (Spanish) desirable.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and see. The employee is frequently required to bend, stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee will occasionally lift, push, or move (library material and/or equipment) up to 35 pounds.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Please submit cover letter and resume to

Application Contact: 
Jennifer May
Apply To: 
McHenry Public Library District
809 Front Street
McHenry , IL 60050
Phone: 815-385-0036 ext. 303
42° 20' 21.048" N, 88° 16' 32.4984" W