Library Coloring Contest!

The Aston Public Library is holding a coloring contest!  Color the picture provided on the form, and enter it for a chance to win!  People in Delaware County are eligible to participate.  Just bring your entry to the library’s service desk.

THE RULES:

  1. Only two different entries per person allowed.
  2. All entries must be based on the form and picture provided.
  3. Include your name, address, age and phone number with your entry.
  4. Entries must be original.

Winners will be chosen at the end of each month.

All entries become property of the Aston Public Library.

Entries will be judged at the library. Winners of the judging will have their drawings displayed at the Aston Public Library.

Click here for the form (.PDF file) 

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May Library News

Saturday, May 19th will be a big BINGO event at the Aston Public Library from 6:00PM to 9PM. The doors will open at 5PM and admission is only $25! All cash prizes. There will also be special games, food, and bingo supplies sold.

Performer Stephen Lee Rich presents “It’s All Vaudeville” Monday, May 21st at 11:30 am at the Library. Learn about and enjoy music from yesteryear. Mr. Rich has almost 50 years of experience as a musician.

We are holding a Coloring Contest for our young patrons! Kids of all ages are eligible. An entry form can be obtained at the Library or at http://www.astonlibrary.org on the web. Just bring your child’s entry (with the child’s information on the back) to the library’s service desk by June 1st to be considered.

Thursday, May 17th at 6:30PM, Aston Public Library will be visited by the Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo. They will present an educational, comical and entertaining program for kids of all ages. Come see at least 5 unusual animals and learn about their habitats and food sources. This is where animals, education, and fun collide!

Your child can get a preview of the exciting events and fun coming in this year’s summer reading program “Libraries Rock”! Visit our “Preview Party” on Thursday May 31st at 6:30PM for food, games and information!

We are hosting a “Walk With Ease” program sponsored by COSA through May 23rd. The program is Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:30 am to 12:00 pm . This is an evidence based program designed to change fitness habits and proven to reduce the pain of arthritis by increasing balance, strength , walking pace and confidence.

Kids 8 & up can learn to play chess at the Aston Public Library!! Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm., starting April 10th. Join Mr Ed Finn as he teaches you the game of chess. Seating is limited…Register now!

The Kids Can Build Club is at the Library on Tuesdays at 4PM ! Your child can learn to build things using the library’s Lego collection and other materials as well! All ages are welcome.

New admission passes to the following cultural institutions are available for a FREE 7 day loan- Independence Seaport Museum – Penn Museum – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art – Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens . Reserve one through the Catalog at http://www.astonlibrary.org .

3D Printing Services Available! Ask Debbie or Stephen at the desk to find out how you can get your first small 3D printed item for free! Check out the designs the staff have made for ideas. They are on display in our display case!

Are you looking for a book club? There are several options at our library! The group meeting on Thursday the 10th at 1:30PM is discussing ” Blessings “. The group meeting on Wednesday the 16th at 7PM is discussing ” Reliable Wife “. Stop by and try one out!

Storytime! Your young child can learn basic literacy skills while having fun! The Aston Public Library offers story times every week, open to everyone! Join Ms. Debbie for toddler time (ages 2-3) on Tuesdays at 10:30, infant time (up to 24 months) on Wednesdays at 10:30, and preschool time (ages 3-5) on Thursdays at 10:30!

Stop by Tuesdays at 11AM to learn the art of Crochet with our diverse group with many levels of experience. Stop by Thursdays at 6PM to participate in a wide variety of crafts with an even more diverse group.

Need help with an e-book reader, laptop or tablet computer? Stop by for our drop-in help time on Friday mornings. 10AM is the time for ebook readers. 11AM is the time for laptops and tablets.

More information and registration for all our programs is available via the Calendar at http://www.astonlibrary.org .

Join the Friends of the Library! Go to http://www.astonlibrary.org and click on “Join Our Friends” to send in your info!

The Aston Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at the Library on Tuesday the 15th at 7PM.

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to http://digitallibrary.delcolibraries.org/ to see what is available!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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Book Sale April 13th and 14th!

Come support the library and find a bargain at the Aston Library Book Sale!

Hours:

Hours: Friday April 13 – Saturday April 14

10AM-4PM each day

Most items $2 or less!

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Aston Public Library closed April 12th

Per the Township, the Aston Public Library building will be closed to the public on April 12th (Thursday).  Storytime and craft group will be canceled.  The Book Sale will begin on Friday, April 13th at 10AM.

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Job posting — Library Associate

The Aston Public Library is seeking a tech-fluent and inter-personally effective person  to provide service to our patrons.  Duties include providing all types of service to our patrons, operating our circulation system, and record-keeping.  Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent,  strong computer and customer service skills and a love for libraries.  Prior library experience is preferred.  

Job description and compensation details are below.  Submit letter of interest, resume and references to Stephen Sarazin, director@astonlibrary.org .

ASTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

LIBRARY ASSOCIATE JOB DESCRIPTION

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Provides essential patron assistance at the service desk.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION: 

Performs customer service, circulation, clerical and financial tasks, operates a variety of machines and software and assists with reference to help patrons use the library and its services effectively.  Reports to the Director.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Registers patrons, issuing cards, updating records.
  • Collects monies and issues receipts for all library financial transactions including rentals, overdue fines, lost or damaged materials, donations, book sales, printing etc.
  • Checks out and checks in books.
  • Shelves with 95% accuracy and shelf reads.
  • Knows and correctly executes the opening and closing procedures, including locking the doors, arming and disarming the alarm, collecting and checking in materials from the book drop, pulling requested items from the shelves etc.
  • Assesses materials for condition and refers them for mending or withdrawal.
  • Prepares and mails overdue/reserve notices.
  • Places book requests for patrons.
  • Calls patrons to inform them of requested items received.
  • Troubleshoots computer programs and machines.
  • Maintains current training in areas of work, including staying current with practices in:
    • Circulation
    • Online Catalog
  • Conducts reference interviews and assists patrons with reference questions, knowing when to refer questions to the Director.
  • Locates material in the catalog or in the building.
  • Is professional and friendly in person, on the phone or in e-mail.
  • Informs the public of library policies and procedures, including information about their own records or requests.
  • Keeps bulletin boards and displays current.
  • Files records by name or date.
  • Supervises volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Is committed to public service values: is patient and helpful with all patrons; cares about patrons and their needs
  • Knows and follows library policy and procedures; accepts management’s direction when given
  • Must be able to learn and meet the minimal competencies for telephone system, web site, staff email and wiki, and be able to operate and troubleshoot technology/software
  • Knows and follows safety procedures, pointing out problems and keeping equipment in satisfactory condition
  • Keeps informed on library issues: reads emails, attends staff meetings
  • Keeps skills current and growing: attends required trainings, actively seeks opportunities to learn new things
  • Shares knowledge and skills: documents procedures, trains others to do tasks
  • Works well with others, including patrons, volunteers, and fellow staff
  • Is flexible, has a good sense of humor about the irritations of daily work life, and respects the feelings and needs of co-workers
  • Understands that change and evolving library procedures are constants in library work
  • Is sensitive to patron privacy and intellectual freedom issues
  • Is a good office citizen: submits timecard weekly, keeps work and break area clean, responds to emails and requests promptly, has a positive attitude

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Works effectively under stress with the public and co-workers. 
  • Demonstrates courtesy and empathy.
  • Communicates well in writing and face to face.  Performs essential clerical and math functions–filing, spelling, typing, adding, making change–accurately. 
  • Uses the Windows operating system, basic office software, web browsing and search engines skillfully.
  • Shifts from one task to another quickly. 
  • Moves book trucks with 25 pounds of weight. 
  • Shelves books at heights between seven feet and floor level. 
  • Reads small print and computer screens. 
  • Handles monotonous tasks with fine detail accurately. 
  • Works independently and demonstrates good judgment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate physical effort is required to perform duties under typical office conditions. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, speak, hear, and use hands to operate office equipment, and reach with hands and arms. Vision requirements include the ability to read routine and complex documents and use a computer.

SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: Must be available to work day, night or weekend shifts.  Must be available to work a schedule that fulfills the staffing needs of the desk.  Must be punctual and dependable.

Approximate anticipated hours –
Monday and Wednesday 10AM-3PM , Friday 10AM-5PM, Two to Three Saturdays per month 10AM-5PM
OR
Wednesday and Thursday 3PM-8PM, Friday 10AM-5PM, Two to Three Saturdays per month 10AM-5PM

COMPENSATION:  $11.75 per hour. Approximately 20 work hours per week. No benefits provided.

CLEARANCES: Satisfactory passage of FBI Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances will be required every three years.

PROBATION: The position is probationary for one year and non-probationary afterwards.

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Closed for Good Friday

The Aston Public Library will be closed Good Friday, March 30th.  Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to see you again soon!

Note-We will be open Saturday, March 31st.  We will be closed Easter Sunday, as we are all Sundays.

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Aston Public Library closed Wednesday, March 21st

Due to the storm, the Aston Public Library will be closed today (Wednesday, March 21, 2018).

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