Youth Services Programmer

Application – (.pdf)

Summary: Under flexible supervision, develops and implements quality programming and public services for children, teens, families and groups.  performs specialized tasks related to functions of the Youth Services Department and the circulation of library materials.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs developmentally appropriate programs and events for children, teens and families.
  • Presents programs and coordinates events.
  • Promotes the library and library events to patrons, groups and the community.
  • Provides public services.
  • Assesses information needs of various age groups and develops services to meet those needs.
  • Assesses community needs and designs events and services to meet those needs.
  • Assists patrons in selecting materials and using the Library.
  • Helps to maintain collections within the Youth Services department by shelving, shelf-reading, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of contemporary children’s literature and literacy best-practices.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Knowledge of contemporary young adult literature.
  • Knowledge of library databases, digital collections & services.
  • Ability to navigate the internet and other online tools, including various social media.
  • Ability to solve practical problems without supervisor intervention.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to manage difficult or emotional customer situations, responding to customer needs and requests for service and assistance. Maintains high quality customer service skills
  • Ability to organize own work, setting priorities and meeting deadlines. May be required to adjust schedule to work occasional unscheduled days, evenings or weekends depending on staffing levels.
  • Ability to deal with people tactfully and effectively, establish and maintain effective working relations, and provide excellent customer service to all library patrons.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive team spirit.
  • Ability to develop a project from inception to implementation on time and on budget.
  • Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities.
  • Ability to respond objectively and with openness to the idea’s of others.
  • Ability to treat others with respect and consideration, regardless of status or position.
  • Ability to design and present developmentally appropriate programs.
  • Must follow through on commitments.
  • Must be flexible and able to handle frequent interruptions.
  • Must have a genuine caring and respect for children.


Education and/or Experience:

 Minimum of 2 years of college, bachelor’s degree preferred; experience working with children is required.


Language Skills:

 Ability to read, analyze, and interpret most documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to use and interpret decimal numbers.


Computer Skills:

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must have knowledge of library databases and digital collections.  Be proficient using Microsoft Office (with particular proficiency for Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint), social media, and the general internet.


 Physical Demands/Work Environment:

 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.  Occasional travel to other locations to work or attend meetings may be required.  There may be some work performed outdoors or in other community buildings.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, completed PSPL application and a resume.  All documents can be submitted via email or mailed to the contact information below:


Paul Sawyier Public Library
ATTN: Human Resources
319 Wapping Street
Frankfort KY 40601