All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, except for the Western Watauga Branch Library, are currently open to the public. Masks are required to enter, and building capacities and length of visits will be reduced for the time being. 

JOB TITLE: Youth Services Specialist

REPORTS TO: Youth Services Manager

FLSA STATUS: Nonexempt

STARTING SALARY: $11.18 hourly / 25 hours weekly



An employee in this position assists the Youth Services Librarian in planning, organizing, promoting, and implementing the public library’s program of services for children and young adults in the county.


1. Develops, plans, and presents programs on and offsite as assigned by Youth Services Manager

2. Responsible for collection development of selected subject area(s) in Youth Services Department as assigned by Youth Services Manager

3. Plans, develops, and implements special projects for Youth Services Department as assigned

4. Performs circulation functions as needed

5. May serve as contact between public library and public/private/home schools (K-8) for class assignments, class visitations, etc.

6. Supervises volunteers as directed by Youth Services Manager

7. Serves as coordinator of library mascot as assigned: scheduling, updating websites, serving as handler, and marketing


  • Ability to deal tactfully, courteously, and effectively with the public and other employees
  • Ability to supervise volunteers effectively
  • Ability to use computers and to provide instruction on computer use to patrons
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • General knowledge of children’s and/or young adult literature as well as adult literature suitable for young people
  • General knowledge of children’s and/or young adult media in a variety of formats
  • General knowledge of the use and maintenance of various equipment (multimedia projector, laminator, etc.) required to perform duties of the Youth Services Department
  • Knowledge of and ability to read books to individual or groups of children, young adults, and adults, and ability to maintain control of a large audience
  • Knowledge of and ability to produce and use a variety of storytelling techniques including but not limited to flannel boards, puppets, props, etc. when and where appropriate
  • Knowledge of and ability to use child related activities such as songs, games, fingerplays, and crafts in programming
  • Ability to conduct reference and readers’ advisory interviews to assist patrons
  • Ability to encourage reading through booktalks to children, young adults, and parents
  • Ability to plan, prepare, or produce programs with/for other child care providers, i.e. daycare workers, children’s literature classes, school librarians
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license


Completion of at least two (2) years of college and three (3) years of public library experience; bachelor’s degree preferable.

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to hrashe (at) arlibrary (dot) org