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Bilingual Storyteller (English and Spanish)

Location: Forest Avenue Library - Youth Services
Position type: Part Time / Independent Contractor
Salary: $20.00 hourly / 6hrs per week


Under the direction of the Forest Avenue Library Supervisor, plans, coordinates, and performs bilingual storytimes and activities with an emphasis on developing bilingual literacy skills geared toward youth and agencies working with youth in the community. Participates in collection development by selecting materials for bilingual storytime in accordance with professional library practice and the DMPL Selection Policy. Demonstrates bilingual fluency in English and Spanish (read, speak, write, comprehend) and experience and/or education in early childhood development and literacy. Does related work as required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develops and provides an interactive bilingual storytime program for youth, including storytelling, literacy activities, and bilingual language instruction.
  • Compiles resource materials for bilingual storytime in English and Spanish.
  • Provides exemplary customer service to library patrons.
  • Models and mentors literacy standards for parents and caregivers.
  • Develops and fosters relationships with storytime attendees.
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Preparation for the storytime (set up, greeting and welcoming, closing/farewells, and clean up).
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment and lead a wide range of small and large motor skill activities during bilingual storytime.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Ability to develop and execute a creative, successful, and relevant bilingual storytime program that serves the needs of the community.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service through the use of excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish rapport and to interact successfully with youth, parents and caregivers.
  • Ability to serve the public in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment.
  • Knowledge of youth literature and materials, social media and technological trends.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines.

Education and Experience

  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Successful experience working with youth is required, including demonstrated skill in youth programming and storytelling.
  • Experience and/or education in early childhood development and literacy.
  • Excellent customer service skills with all ages is required.
  • A 6-month commitment to the program is required.

Application Information

Send resume, transcripts, letter of application, and recommendations to Forest Avenue Library Supervisor, Nikki Hayter.

  • Email:
  • Mail: ATTN: Nikki Hayter, Forest Avenue Library, 1326 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314.

Applications from candidates must be received by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

*The Forest Avenue Library Bilingual Storyteller position is a part-time/independent contractor position subsidized by the Forest Avenue Library Brick Fund.

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Linda Roe | Deputy Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 283.4102