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Early Literary Specialist

Douglas County Libraries

Various branch locations

Application Deadline

Apply By Jan 23rd, 2023


$24.76 to $29.72 per Hour   Calculate


Castle Rock, CO





Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library


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Job Description

Wage: $24.76 - $29.72 Hourly

Job Type: Part-Time (20 hours)

Closing Date: 1/23/2023 or until filled

Purpose: The Early Literacy Specialist plans, develops, implements, and improves library services focused on developing, promoting, and supporting early literacy skills for young children and their caregivers, setting them on a path to be successful throughout their lives. This role has a clear understanding of principles and practices related to early literacy, and applies those practices to develop and deliver premium storytimes inside DCL branch libraries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

75% Storytime Development/Delivery and Readers’ Advisory:

  • Performs live in-person storytimes for various ages between 0-5 several times each week using the ALA Every Child Ready to Read early literacy skills and DCL storytime competencies.
  • Serves as backup storyteller for the district if a substitute storyteller is needed at another branch.
  • Records virtual on-demand storytimes.
  • Coordinates virtual on-demand storytime process for home branch.
  • Engages with customers – both children and their caregivers – to build meaningful relationships and promote the use of DCL youth services and facilities.
  • Demonstrates expertise in readers’ advisory services to assist children and their caregivers with identifying materials appropriate for diverse ages, interests, reading abilities, learning styles, and special-needs requirements.
  • Presents a friendly and welcoming face of DCL to customers and smoothly hands off customer account questions to trained public services staff.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of early literacy concepts and keeps current with new research and trends on teaching children to read, children’s learning styles, child development, and parenting styles in order to provide practical advice to parents and caregivers.
  • Coordinates with the branch playscape teams to align playscape activations with storytime and other early literacy services.

15% Collaboration through mentoring, peer support, and volunteer support:

  • Serves as an early literacy subject-matter expert within the branch, providing professional support to other storytellers.
  • Supports the Youth and Family Services Supervisor in mentoring and training new storytime staff through providing shadowing opportunities and supporting storytime planning.
  • Collaborates with the Learning & Development department, Youth Literacy Outreach Specialist, and other Early Literacy Specialists across DCL to provide expert knowledge and services inside library locations.
  • Works in partnership with branch Volunteer Services Coordinator to support youth literacy volunteers.
  • Participates in volunteer appreciation and recognition activities.

10% Technical Performance: 

  • Demonstrates an expert knowledge of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.
  • Fluency in MS Office, and other industry related software. Ability to learn new software packages quickly and with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Stays current on DCL emails, meetings, trainings, processes, procedures, and technologies required to perform work duties.
  • Engages in the DCL performance feedback system and completes the expectations outlined by your supervisor and department/division.

Performs other duties as assigned.

One DCL Commitment:  It is an expectation of each employee that you will exemplify Douglas County Libraries Brand, Culture and Values of welcoming to all, continual growth and authentic relationships. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least three years’ experience working with child development and early literacy. 
  • Knowledge of early childhood learning, literacy, and Every Child Ready to Read philosophies.
  • Fluency in MS Office and other industry-related software. 


  • Experience performing storytime.
  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or other childhood-related field.

 A combination of experience and education will be considered.

Physical Requirements:  Must have a reliable method of transportation between all DCL locations. Must have the physical ability, stamina, mobility and manual dexterity to set up, perform, and take down storytimes in a room with young children. Work at computer workstations repetitively and for extended periods. Ability to read as small as 8pt font.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info


Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is a Colorado PERA Member Employer, so you will be enrolled in Colorado PERA. For details on member benefits go to www.copera.org. 

Elective DCL benefits include: 

  • Health Care Plans: medical, dental & vision
  • Voluntary Plans: Accident, Critical Illness, Short Term, and Long Term Insurance'
  • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage
  • 401k & 457 plans (through CO PERA)
  • Legal-ID Shield

Additional DCL benefits include:

  • Holiday Pay
  • Paid Time Off
  • Extended Illness time off
  • Leaves of Absence for Qualifying Events

*Benefits are subject to change  

Posted Jan 19, 2023