Children’s Librarian Job Opening

Job Title:  Children’s Librarian/Librarian II


Job Description:

The Olean Public Library is seeking a full-time Librarian II to run our busy Children’s Department.  Work involves supervising the children’s service staff, developing and directing children’s library programs, and selecting materials for the children’s collection.



  • Trains, assigns duties, supervises and evaluates Children’s department staff.
  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory service at the Children’s reference desk.
  • Recommends, plans, implements, and promotes new types of services based on patron needs and early childhood development research. Develops and conducts programs, tours, and story times.
  • Serves as liaison for library services to community groups and other libraries.
  • Prepares reports of activities in the Children’s department.
  • Evaluates, selects, and weeds library materials in the juvenile collection, keeping in mind current trends in children’s literature and education.
  • Writes and implements grants.
  • Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, library system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and professional materials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of children’s literature and programming as well as child development
  • Experience providing early childhood or early literacy programming
  • Ability to supervise the work of others
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Tact and courtesy in dealing with the public
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of computers, software applications and emerging technologies


Benefits: 12 paid holidays, 22 vacation days, 3 personal days per year, health insurance, and New York State Employee’s Retirement System. The 2014 hiring range for Librarian II is $37,488 – $39,003.


Minimum Qualifications: A Masters Degree in Librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association; eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application, possession of certificate at time of appointment; and two (2) years of professional library experience in children’s services. Supervisory experience preferred.


This is a civil service competitive title; therefore appointment will be made on a provisional basis only. To be eligible for permanent status, the individual accepting appointment will be required to pass a civil service exam and score among the top three.


Send resume by May 2, 2014 by mail or email to:


Kim Mahar, Assistant Director


Olean Public Library

134 N. 2nd Street

Olean, NY 14760


The Olean Public Library has gone to the dogs

Kids and K-9s Reading Together

 Who says reading is “ruff”?  Not Bree!


Bree is one of several TDI certified, therapy dog/handler teams participating in the Kids and K9s Reading Together program at the Olean Public Library.  Co-sponsored by the Olean Kennel Club, Inc., this program gives children the opportunity to practice their reading fluency and gain confidence by reading to Therapy Dogs.  Participants have 20 minutes individual reading time and may bring their own reading material.  Any school age child may participate.

We are currently scheduling reading times for March 2012.  We have dog and handler teams available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school from 3:30 to 4:30 and Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30.  If your child are interested in reading with one of our Therapy Dogs please register by February 29, 2012.  Sessions will start March 5, 2012.  Sessions will not be scheduled unless there are at least two participants for the session.  Register in the children’s area of the Olean Public Library or by phone at (716) 372-0200.  Please remember our dog/handler teams are volunteers.  If your child is unable to make a scheduled session please notify us as soon as possible.


Children’s Summer Reading Events at the Olean Public Library

Registration for all children’s summer programs at the Olean Public Library begins June 20, 2011.  Register in person, by phone, or online.  Registration is required for all events except Special Events.

Infant and Toddler Story Times

Mother Goose
A program for babies up to 18 months.  Children and adults learn and play together with interactive books, simple stories, nursery rhymes, songs, language and movement activities, games, baby sign, and simple art activities.
Mondays: July 11-Aug 8th at 10 am

Slumber Time for Babies and Toddlers
Drift off to dreamland at this special bedtime of quiet stories, songs, language games and creative activities.  Children up to age three and their grown-ups participate in a shortened, less active version of our daytime Mother Goose, and Toddler story times.
Wednesdays: July 13-Aug 10th at 6:30pm

You and your child age 19 months to three listen to stories, learn songs, rhymes, finger plays, and games.  Create and play with others after the stories.
Wednesdays: July 13-Aug 10th at 10am or Thursdays: July 14th – Aug 11th at 10am

Threes, Fours, and Fives

Investigation Stations Activity Groups
Three, four, and five year olds and their parents participate in stories, music, and games as a group, followed by assisted activities at the Investigation Stations.
Mondays: July 11-Aug 9th at 6:30pm or Tuesdays: July 12-Aug 10th at 10am.

Big Kids (Entering Grades 1 through 5)

Kids and K-9s
Have a dog-gone good time this summer reading to a dog!  This unique program, offered in conjunction with the Olean Kennel Club, Inc., gives children the opportunity to practice their reading and gain confidence by reading in small groups to licensed therapy dogs.  These dogs love stories.  Any school age child may participate.
Please Choose One:  Mondays: July 11-Aug8th at 3pm; Tuesdays: July 12-Aug 9th at 6:30pm; Thursdays: July 14-Aug 11th at 1pm

Big Kids Around the World
Travel around the world through stories, crafts, games, and food.  Each week we will explore the countries and cultures of a different continent.
Wednesdays: July 13-Aug. 10th at 1:30pm

Knit and Crochet: Beyond Beginners
A class for kids who know the basics and are ready to learn pattern reading and additional stitches.  Participants will be working on proojects of their own choosing, with their own materials.  Simple patterns will be available at registration for those who do not have one.
Mondays: July 11-Aug. 8th at 1pm

Special Events
Tuesdays July 12 – Aug.9th at 2:30pm

July 12th
David Ruch leads a fun-filled musical journey across the world.

July 19th
Chickens around the World presented by Suzy the Speckled Sussex of Smoke Ridge Organic Farm

*Thursday July 28th at 2:30pm*
Omnipresent Puppet Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk

August 2nd
World of Difference Ltd presents King Lion’s Gift theatrical storytelling with Lindsay Bonilla

August 9th
In Jest comedy juggling with Nels Ross