Youth Services Assistant

Laramie County Library   Cheyenne, WY   Part-time     Education
Posted on April 14, 2021

Laramie County Library has an immediate opening for: 

                   YOUTH SERVICES ASSISTANT

HOURS & SALARY: Part-time 18-hours per week, with a starting salary of $13.50 an hour. 

Working at Laramie County Library System is about joining an award-winning organization that sets the bar for service regionally and nationally. The Gale/Library Journal 2008 Library of the Year, Laramie County Library System serves the people of Laramie County by encouraging and supporting lifelong learning and adventure. With nearly 385,000 yearly visitors to our 103,000 sq. ft. central library, two branch libraries, and bookmobile, Laramie County Library System provides opportunities that empower everyone to reach their full potential. Come join us!

The individual in this position will have the opportunity to provide exceptional customer service to children, teenagers and parents/caregivers on the second floor at Laramie County Library. Working collaboratively, Youth Services Assistants meet patrons at their point of need and often assist with library events and managing library materials for youth. Youth Services Assistants help patrons navigate the library and frequently help patrons find their next great book to read.

While it has been quieter than normal due to COVID-19 restrictions, this environment can often be noisy and chaotic. This position, one of four Youth Services Assistants, is vacant due to a resignation. Applicants with experience providing service to children and teenagers will be well suited for this position and a background in service to children and teenagers will be important to success.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

High School diploma or GED and 6 months of relevant experience with children and teens (or the equivalent combination of education and experience).

SELECTION PROCESS:

The application deadline is Thursday, March 4, 2021 at noon. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by completing a Laramie County Library System Application for Employment (available by clicking “Learn More”). The hiring committee will contact applicants who are selected for further testing or interviews. As a courtesy, we notify all applicants by mail when a position is filled. Hiring is contingent on a post-offer criminal history background check. 

WORK SCHEDULE:

The schedule consists of day, weekend, and evening hours. Anyone who works for the library must be willing to work anytime the library is open. Laramie County Library (Cheyenne) hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All library employees are scheduled to attend monthly staff meetings.

BENEFITS:

Employees pay into Social Security. This position carries holiday pay, vacation leave and sick leave. Vacation leave is accrued based on the number of hours worked, so is not a lump sum but is earned over time. Employees are eligible to use vacation leave after six months of employment (prior commitments negotiable). For the first two years, employees earn up to two weeks of vacation leave. The number of weeks of vacation leave increase with years of service.

Regular part-time employees who have their own medical insurance coverage may participate in dental insurance at their own expense. A prepaid legal services agreement is also available at the employee’s expense. Employees may join the YMCA without an initiation fee. Employees may join the Cheyenne-Laramie County Employees Federal Credit Union.

LCLS is an equal opportunity employer. We support and adhere to the tenets of the Americans with Disabilities Act. LCLS is an at-will employer. LCLS provides a drug-free workplace for its employees in accordance with the requirements of the US Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Hiring is contingent on a post-offer background check. 

About Laramie County Library: 

Vision - Provide opportunities that empower everyone to reach their full potential.

Mission - Serve the people of Laramie County by encouraging and supporting lifelong learning and adventure.

Our commitment is to:

  • Provide free and easy access to the printed word, information and cultural enhancement
  • Promote reading and literacy for children and adults
  • Offer a dynamic, current, pertinent and uncensored collection of materials in a variety of formats
  • Maintain high quality customer service through well-trained professional librarians, managers, staff and volunteers
  • Strengthen the library by developing, maintaining and sharing resources in a responsible manner
  • Be a focal point for access to information, self-improvement, social interaction, cultural exposure and leisure
  • Remain committed to continually utilizing and providing state of the art technology and digital resources
  • Provide appropriate facilities to meet the needs of all people of Laramie County
  • Promote the services of the library

Established in 1886, when Wyoming was still a territory, the Laramie County Library System (LCLS) located in Cheyenne is the oldest continually operating county library system in the United States. Territorial citizens of Cheyenne rallied for five years to fund the first library building, opened in 1886. It was located on the third floor of a business building on Carey Avenue and after that in the basement of what was then known as the Central School. When Wyoming became a state in 1890, state statute dictated library service should be provided for residents by the county government. With funding being withdrawn from city resources, American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie offered $50,000 toward a new building in 1899. Three years later, the Laramie County Library opened on May 19, 1902, on the southeast corner of 22nd Street and Capitol Avenue, offering 10,000 square feet of space.

Almost sixty years later, the need arose for a larger building, and on October 19, 1969, a new building of nearly 38,000 square feet was opened to the public, located at 2800 Central Avenue.

Despite the compelling reasons for abandoning the library, there were letters to the newspapers and heartfelt arguments with officials to preserve this historic building, an architectural icon, a memorial to Andrew Carnegie’s generosity, but the die was cast. On April 26, 1971 the city sold the building to the Capital Savings and Loan Association and it was subsequently demolished.

On September 8, 2007, the new Laramie County Library in Cheyenne opened at 2200 Pioneer Avenue. Thanks to money approved by voters, the new library is a three-story, 100,000+ square foot experience that has become a destination for the community.

Today, LCLS serves a population of approximately 96,389 people through the library in Cheyenne, rural branches in Pine Bluffs and Burns, and a bookmobile. The library system has a staff of 75+ employees, an annual budget of $5.4 million, circulation in excess of 705,000 annually and a collection of more than 319,000 items.

LCLS is still funded through the Laramie County government by a portion of the county’s property tax and 10% of the county’s share of an optional 1% sales tax.

The library continues to grow and serve the people of Laramie County with an ever-increasing collection, new and expanded services, and programs to promote lifelong learning.

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