Outreach Storyteller (half time)

Make a difference in our community. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is seeking a child advocate dedicated to ensuring that young children develop school readiness skills through storytelling services. This includes, but is not limited to book sharing, music, movement, finger plays, puppetry, and digital mediums. Candidate will need knowledge of early childhood development and the ability to apply said knowledge to planning and implementation of related programming for children and adults. Candidate must possess excellent communication skills, a strong, clear speaking voice that can handle up to 5 hours of talking to audiences each day, and group management skills appropriate to working with young kids.

Position summary:

A part time Youth Services Specialist: Outreach Storyteller’s primary role is to provide storytelling services to licensed childcare facilities within the Shawnee County service area.  Each storyteller develops, conducts and evaluates story programs.  Other associated duties include scheduling of that service.  Internal programs are also a requirement and include story programs and workshops for child care providers.  Additionally a storyteller is responsible for assisting with work at service points throughout the library.  That work includes reader advisory and reference, collection upkeep, service area maintenance, visual merchandizing, digital branch content creation and tours.  To provide for customers, the storyteller must be able to utilize print, DVD, and technological resources.

Required/Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required. Prefer a degree in education or related field
  • Previous library experience preferred
  • Previous customer service experience, with dedication to quality
  • Knowledge of reader’s advisory, reference techniques, and children’s literature
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible and adapt to a fast-paced work environment
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred

Other requirements: This position requires working knowledge of library technology including but not limited to computers, copiers, digital cameras, and audio/visual equipment.  The work area may contain book dust, molds, mildew and insects.  This medium work position requires manual dexterity, bending, lifting /carrying at least 20 pounds, ability to exert 20-50 pounds of force when pushing/pulling materials weighing at least 20 pounds, reaching, the ability to climb stairs, talking on the telephone and stationary work at a computer terminal.  This position works in a shared office environment with a need for cooperative interaction in many different circumstances.  Prompt arrival and efficient, dependable maintenance of scheduled hours is a necessity.  A pre-and/or post-employment drug screen, negative TB screening, a criminal history record check, physical capacity testing, valid Kansas driver license with insurable driving record, and a reliable personal vehicle are required as a condition of employment.

Pay and benefits:  Range begins at $15.35/hour, part time 20 hours/week. Evening and weekend hours are required.  Excellent benefits include health & dental insurance, retirement (KPERS), life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick leave, and vacation.

How to apply:   To be considered for employment at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, an official TSCPL employment application must be completed.

It is recommended that applicants attach a cover letter and resume to the completed TSCPL job application. A TSCPL employment application may be picked up in the Library at the Customer Service Desk or by downloading it here. (Application is in Acrobat PDF format. Don’t have it? Get it at the Adobe website.)

Employment Application

Supplemental Employment History

Application materials may be mailed, handed in, faxed, or emailed.

Mail the completed and signed job application, and any other required application materials to:

Human Resources
Topeka & Shawnee County
Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604

Application materials may be handed in at the Human Resources Office on the second floor of the library. Human Resource office hours are M-F, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If the HR office is not open, applications may be dropped off at the Customer Service Desk.

Application materials may be faxed to 785-580-4496.

Application materials may be emailed to employ@tscpl.org. Please put the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject line.
For more information, please contact Human Resources at: 785-580-4492 or send e-mail to: employ@tscpl.org

A completed and signed TSCPL job application is required for consideration. Please review the job posting for the job closing date to assure timely arrival of the application. Mailed applications will be accepted if they are postmarked on or before the closing date,  June 7, 2015.


Stephen is the Human Resources Director at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library