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Children's Program Specialist


Listing Summary

The City of Commerce seeks a customer-service oriented applicant for a full-time Children’s Program Specialist position at the Commerce Public Library. This is a 40 hour/week position with a flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends.


Children’s Program Specialist: this person will provide programming for children, including planning and conducting story times, children’s outreach, special programming, collection development and provide support for planning, advertising and implementing the Summer Reading Program.


In addition, this individual will be responsible for providing checkout, information, and support for library patrons of all ages. This includes providing computer assistance, shelving books, and other duties as assigned.


Qualified applicants will have public library, teaching or retail experience. 4-year college degree preferred. The City will consider other combinations of education and experience.


An application is required. Electronic submissions are preferred. The application is available at The position is opened until filled.

1st review of applications will take place on December 1st.


This position is eligible for benefits which include health, dental and life insurance.  The City of Commerce has a defined benefit retirement plan with eligibility based on a 10 year vesting period.

Beginning hourly rate: $14.92

Children’s Program Specialist

Department:     Library     

Pay Grade:       105                        

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt


This position is responsible for coordinating and promoting children's programming and providing general support service to the City's library system.



  • Attends workshops and conferences for children's librarians.
  • Conducts weekly "Kidcercise" toddler story hour for the public.
  • Coordinates and promotes all children's programming for the library.
  • Coordinates annual Vacation Reading Club (summer); creates and distributes VRC flyers, schedules and promotes special guests, registers children who participate, distributes reading logs, prizes, and certificates.
  • Keeps staff informed about recommended children's books through readers' advisories.
  • Prepares book displays   
  • Assists with ordering supplies and creates props to enhance children's programs; uses materials for puppet shows, flannel-board stories, crafts, musical activities, etc.
  • Performs community outreach activities with multiple organizations; conducts story time at local housing projects; makes visits to elementary school to promote VRC;
  • Performs general library duties such as following daily check-list, preparing for opening, assisting patrons in finding books or information, providing help and instructions to patrons using computers, checking books in and out, collecting fines and fees, coordinating use of the Meeting Room and other facilities, maintaining library calendar, etc.
  • Performs staff scheduling duties.
  • Prepares and presents age-appropriate story hours for school groups, local pre-K programs and Boys & Girls Club.
  • Collaborates with the manager in collection development duties.
  • Pulls outdated books from shelves for redistribution and arranges for their replacement with more current materials.
  • Receives and helps prepare books and other materials to send to Reginal for processing.
  • Selects children's books for ordering; develops the children's collection.
  • Serves in the absence of the Director as assigned.
  • Participating in in-house staff development opportunities
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:



Additional Requirements:



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Knowledge of public library practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of children's programming in a public library setting.
  • Knowledge of children's books and educational materials.
  • Knowledge of library reference and circulation procedures. 
  • Knowledge of library collections and materials.
  • Knowledge of library books and materials filing systems.
  • Knowledge of electronic resources such as the PINES catalog and GALILEO
  • Skill in presenting to children groups.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment such as computer, copier, fax machine, typewriter, and audiovisual equipment.
  • Skill in computer and Internet usage.
  • Skill in planning and organizing work independently and seeking opportunities to enhance job knowledge.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining files and records.
  • Skill in providing effective customer service.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


Must typically perform work while sitting at a desk or table, standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping.  The employee frequently lifts light objects, uses equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must be able to distinguish between shades of colors.


Work is typically performed indoors in an office setting.

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