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Library Assistant/Children's Specialist, Nahant Public Library, Nahant, MA

Would you like to take the lead in bringing innovative children's services to Nahant? The smallest town by landmass in Mass is looking for a creative thinker to run story times and other programming, perform outreach, and manage the children's and young adult collections. Laugh, play, share, and help us increase participation and relevance in our community.  

Solid grounding in child education and children's literature, project management, customer service, and in teamwork to fulfill annual goals are a must.


Essential functions of the job include:

  • Develops the children's/young adults' collections; order and purchase books, movies and materials for the Department; insure all materials and resources are current and kept in good order; oversees the weeding and disposal of materials that are no longer relevant
  • Develops and implement all department programs including story times, arts and craft activities, performers, and special events. Provide hands-on assistance when necessary
  • Disseminates and promotes Children's and Young Adults' events and materials via flyers, posters, displays and social media
  • Performs outreach in the elementary school or at town events as needed
  • Assists patrons by helping them locate books and other materials; helps patrons print or scan materials
  • Registers patrons for library cards; checks books and materials in and out; explains library services and procedures
  • Shelves books and shelf reads for accuracy of book and material placement.
  • Answers telephone; address general questions and short reference questions
  • Keeps current about the community, other area libraries, and librarianship
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates


All work is performed under the administrative direction of the Library Director. Employee should be able to negotiate a non-accessible facility, lift as much as 30 pounds, and operate computers and copier. The employee should be fairly proficient in Microsoft Office, email, and social media. Employee has frequent contact with the general public, schools, vendors, and other public groups. Contacts are in person, via email or by telephone. Ability to communicate well in all these settings is mandatory.



Master's in library science preferred, bachelor's degree and related experience also considered.

Salary begins at $30,000 with full benefits package for a 37.5 hour week.


To Apply

Please inquire or apply by email to Sharon Hawkes, Director, at and attach a cover letter, résumé, and three recent professional references. Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 4, 2019.

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