Children's Librarian Position

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Children's Librarian


Using the talents and skills of a small flexible staff, the Dover Free Library serves people of all ages and from all walks of life. All employees are responsible for offering quality library services to the public as well as technical and clerical work behind the scenes. The Children's Librarian reports to the Library Director.

Basic Responsibilities:

  • Plan, budget, and supervise children's library services and programs on a weekly basis.
  • Serve as part of the library's management team to assure coordination with library administration and other staff.
  • Work closely with Library Director to develop goals and objectives for children's services as part of the overall library plan.
  • Advocate and evaluate services to children within the community.
  • Review, develop, and manage children's book collection, supplies and materials.
  • Provide reader's advisory services to children and young adults.
  • Technology Representative, Program Coordinator, Public Relations and program advertisement. 

Basic Requirements:

  • Broad knowledge of children's needs and a genuine caring respect for children.
  • Attain a broad knowledge of children's literature.
  • Ability to plan and carry out all aspects of children's programming.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages and from all walks of life.
  • Ability and willingness to promote children's services and work with other  agencies serving the needs of children in the community.
  • Creativity, problem-solving skills, and an attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan, manage, and evaluate services.
  • Knowledge of basic library services and tools, and a willingness to learn more.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and office machines.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to an environment which is changing rapidly.
  • Bachelor's degree and some formal library, or child-related experience.
  • A Vermont Public Library Certificate, or MLS, or a willingness to obtain one or   the other within five years from the date of employment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
  • Read, write, and speak English fluently.

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Book of the Month


Way I Heard It

Former Dirty Jobs star Rowe serves up a few dozen brief human-interest stories.

Building on his popular podcast, the author “tells some true stories you probably don’t know, about some famous people you probably do.” Some of those stories, he allows, have been subject to correction, just as on his TV show he was “corrected on windmills and oil derricks, coal mines and construction sites, frack tanks, pig farms, slime lines, and lumber mills.” Still, it’s clear that he takes pains to get things right even if he’s not above a few too-obvious groaners, writing about erections (of skyscrapers, that is, and, less elegantly, of pigs) here and Joan Rivers (“the Bonnie Parker of comedy”) there, working the likes of Bob Dylan, William Randolph Hearst, and John Wayne into the discourse. The most charming pieces play on Rowe’s own foibles. In one, he writes of having taken a soft job as a “caretaker”—in quotes—of a country estate with few clear lines of responsibility save, as he reveals, humoring the resident ghost. As the author notes on his website, being a TV host gave him great skills in “talking for long periods without saying anything of substance,” and some of his stories are more filler than compelling narrative. In others, though, he digs deeper, as when he writes of Jason Everman, a rock guitarist who walked away from two spectacularly successful bands (Nirvana and Soundgarden) in order to serve as a special forces operative: “If you thought that Pete Best blew his chance with the Beatles, consider this: the first band Jason bungled sold 30 million records in a single year.” Speaking of rock stars, Rowe does a good job with the oft-repeated matter of Charlie Manson’s brief career as a songwriter: “No one can say if having his song stolen by the Beach Boys pushed Charlie over the edge,” writes the author, but it can’t have helped.

Never especially challenging or provocative but pleasant enough light reading.

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