Youth Services Specialist – Outreach Storyteller (Part-time)

Do you want to share stories with young children throughout the community while fostering literacy and learning? If so, this is the job for you!

Connect caregivers and families to library and community resources, build relationships, facilitate kindergarten readiness skills through everyday activities like reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing.

We are looking for someone with excellent child-focused people skills who can make literacy focused interactions magically engaging. You must be self-motivated, quick thinking, assertive, technologically savvy and possess library and/or early education experience. In addition to creating and delivering story times that instill fun and cultivate healthy development, you would have the opportunity to help customers generally find the information they need through library and community resources. The ideal candidate would bring a variety of storytelling materials together, infuse kindergarten readiness skills within presentations and present in such a way that holds the attention of young kids.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Outreach Storyteller provides literacy-based, kindergarten readiness programming at various sites throughout the community, especially licensed daycare centers and preschools serving children ages 3-5. They create excitement about reading and learning for young children and support the adults at served sites in doing the same. They provide direct service support to customers for their information, reading and technology needs in person, over the phone and online. They may create and present programs, classes, learning experiences, tours, displays and online materials focused on a wide range of learning needs of customers, especially young children. While this position interacts with people of all ages, young children are the predominant customer base.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus two years of applicable customer service experience or equivalent combination of education and experience as determined relevant by the Library
  • Knowledge of early childhood development
  • Experience interacting directly with preschoolers, kindergartners and care givers
  • Familiarity with children’s literature
  • Ability to manage assignments and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to be open-minded and willing to take risks
  • Ability to contribute ideas and workable solutions
  • Ability to work cooperatively with customers, volunteers, community partners, colleagues and supervisors
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as a team, be flexible and adapt to a fast-paced work environment


  • Bilingual language skills (English and other language)
  • Previous library experience
  • Ability to play acoustical guitar
  • Information research skills and strong public service orientation

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: This position requires negative TB test; successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, a criminal history record check and a physical capacity test. This position also requires manual dexterity, talking on the telephone, stationary work at a computer, the ability to climb stairs, bending, reaching, lifting up to 50 pounds, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force, and the ability to get up and down from the floor or low chairs. Requires the use of personal vehicle.

SCHEDULE: This is a non-exempt (hourly) part-time position that works 20 hours per week including days and occasional evening and weekend hours.

PAY & BENEFITS: Hourly rate begins at $17.80. Excellent benefits including health & dental insurance with pre-tax premiums, and a retirement plan (KPERS). Group life, disability coverage and accidental death benefits are also provided. Other optional benefits available at employee’s expense include vision, life and cancer insurance and a deferred compensation plan.

CLOSING DATE: December 13, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY: A completed and signed job application, cover letter and resume is required for consideration for each position. Application forms are available online at, or in the Library at the Customer Service Desk or in Human Resources.

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

Mail completed and signed job application materials to:

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

Application materials may also 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. to 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 Please put the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject line.



Jesse Maddox

Jesse Maddox is the Human Resources Director. He leads the staff responsible for recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce of employees and volunteers, employee compensation and benefits plans, organizational culture, employee engagement, employee relation, and legal compliance. Jesse likes to spend time with his family and attend sporting events.