Children’s Librarian at (Oconto) Farnsworth Public Library

Farnsworth Public Library is looking for a Children’s Librarian to begin in February, 2018.  We are located in Oconto, WI (population 4,513) with a service population of 9,747.  The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, publicizing, and conducting a dynamic schedule of one-time and ongoing classes and events for children and teens.  These events include but are not limited to a weekly Preschool Storytime, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and the annual Summer Reading Program.  Attendance at community outreach events and local school events (fairs, festivals, Family Night, etc.) will occasionally be required. 

The Children’s Librarian will work at the children’s/teen floor and the reference desk.

Duties on the children’s/teen floor include but are not limited to:

  • reader’s advisory
  • providing reference help; listening to and interpreting patron requests for materials and information
  • assisting patrons at public computers or with their own devices
  • shelving library items

Reference duties include but are not limited to:  

  • reader’s advisory
  • providing reference help;  listening to and interpreting patron requests for materials and information
  • assisting patrons at public computers or with their own devices
  • creating library cards

The Children’s Librarian may assist the Library Director with administrative duties (such as payroll and accounts payable), and public relations duties (such as creating posters and submitting events to local media outlets).  The CL will work with the Library Director and the Friends of Farnsworth Public Library to budget for and purchase materials, and supplies.  The CL will assist with collection development and materials selection, especially as relates to children’s materials. 

The Children’s Librarian will have excellent customer service skills, a strong desire to welcome people to the Library and help them use it, and enthusiasm for promoting the Library’s resources and events.  All staff members are expected to support a positive, welcoming, clean, and safe environment throughout the building and grounds in accordance with library policies.  Strong computer skills are essential.  The CL will operate PCs, printers, copiers, tablets, smart phones, and electronic reading devices.  Competent use of digital materials (especially Microsoft Office, online email systems, online card catalogs, and databases), and the ability to teach their use to others, is essential.

The Children’s Librarian may supervise aides or volunteers.  Reports to the Director.  There is a six-month probation period and annual performance reviews.

The CL must be able to carry heavy books, bend and stretch, push a book cart, use stairs, and reach all shelves with or without the aid of a step-stool.  Must be able to work 32-34 hours a week, including every other Saturday during the school year.  Evenings may occasionally be required. 

Qualifications include a high school diploma and a minimum of two years of experience working with children in a library or educational setting.

 Hiring is subject to a background records check.

Hourly wage commensurate with experience and relevant qualifications, certifications, or degrees.  Paid vacation, sick time, holidays, and participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System. Medical insurance available.

Applications must include

  • a typed cover letter
  • a typed resume
  • the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references
  • a completed City of Oconto Employment Application, available at

Submit to Kristin Laufenberg, Library Director, Farnsworth Public Library, 715 Main Street, Oconto, WI.  This position will remain open until filled.