Brooklyn Public Library

  • East New York Reads Library Coordinator

    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/26/2019 10:14 AM)
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    Youth & Family Services
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library is seeking one full-time East New York Reads Library Coordinator to work as part of a grant from the Pinkerton Foundation to support branch programming and outreach at BPL’s Cypress Hills, Arlington, and New Lots Libraries and to the East New York/Cypress Hills neighborhood. The successful candidate for this position will be bilingual in Spanish and English, provide and support library programming for children in kindergarten through third grade, promote literacy practices to families, develop collaborative programs with program sites, conduct parent workshops, and develop partnerships with participating schools.  They will collaborate with colleagues and community partners to identify the needs of local families and develop programs and services accordingly. This position requires professional knowledge and judgment, including, but, not limited to, library program planning and implementation, childhood development, literacy, and parent engagement. Staff at this level report to the Coordinator of Early Childhood Services and other assigned supervisors, working in collaboration with the staff at their branch. This is a grant-funded position, funded through June 30, 2020 with a schedule of 35 hours per week.


    • Conducts and supports programs for children and their parents and caregivers in a variety of settings both at the library and in the community
    • Collaborates with library staff members to develop appropriate programming for children and their families
    • Visits the sites of partnering agencies to promote literacy, library use, and library program attendance.
    • Initiates partnerships with community agencies to support the initiative
    • Collaborates with initiative partners to collaborate and host or participant in initiative events.
    • Conducts literacy and parent engagement workshops for parents, caregivers, educators, and others
    • Assists in expanding BPL’s homework help program, Book Buddy program, and other volunteer programs at the Cypress Hills, New Lots, and Arlington Libraries.
    • Conducts in-school visits to promote library usage, Summer Reading, and more.
    • Hires Afterschool Educators, contractors who conduct homework at East New York Libraries.
    • Assists with grant budget management and drafting of the grant renewal proposal and budget.
    • Arranges author visits, special events, and other in-school programs.
    • Participates in outreach and community events
    • Registers families for library cards, summer reading, and other BPL initiatives both on and offsite
    • Assists in data collection and data analysis for grant project and outside evaluators
    • Assists in creating promotional materials and program materials
    • Provides families with reader’s advisory and referrals to community agencies as needed
    • Attends necessary meetings and trainings
    • Interprets and implements BPL policy
    • Translates program flyers and other documents as needed.
    • Performs other duties as assigned



    • Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree in Education or Library Science or enrollment in a graduate library or education program preferred
    • Bilingual skills in Spanish required.
    • Excellent communications and customer service skills in both English and Spanish
    • Strong presentation and programming skills
    • Experience working with children, teachers, parents, and caregivers
    • Familiarity with the childhood development and literacy is highly desirable
    • Familiarity with New York City Public Schools is highly desirable
    • Knowledge of library services highly desirable
    • General experience working with the public and diverse communities
    • Strong teamwork & teambuilding skills; respectful of team members’ input
    • Candidates must be flexible, able to handle multiple competing priorities and tasks, adaptable to change, and able to work effectively in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
    • Working knowledge of Internet and Microsoft Office
    • Ability to travel to and between Central Library, Cypress Hills Library, Arlington Library, New Lots Library, other BPL branches, and offsite locations as required.
    • Required to work some evenings and weekends, as needed.

    Physical Demands

    • May require the ability to transport outreach materials and a laptop & projector as needed
    • Ability to bend, reach, sit and stand as needed


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