March Library News

Our free Chair Zumba class meets Tuesdays at 2PM this month. Chair Zumba is a gentle form of the Zumba exercise program, using a chair for support. It is accessible to all ages and genders.

“Eyes of the Wild and Wallaby Tales” visits the library Thursday, March 21st at 6PM. Mammals from around the world will be featured in this program. Behaviors, habitats, adaptations, survival strategies and relationships with humans will be introduced. This program focuses on behavior and adaptation using the life stories of each unique animal, their often humorous personality, fun facts, anecdotes and animal eye-views as instruction.

Dr. Daisy Century presents a “living biography” of Bessie Coleman , Saturday, March 16 at 11AM. The first African-American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot and the first American to hold an international pilot license, Bessie Coleman was a woman who didn’t give up. Dr. Century will embody the persona of Ms. Coleman, portraying her personality and providing details of her life.

Have you always wanted to be an artist? Get on the list for our free painting classes by emailing Debbie at debbie@astonlibrary.org !

Pronunciator is the new language learning system available for free with your library card. Go to http://www.delcolibraries.org and click on “Explore e-Resources” to access the Pronunciator system, which allows you to learn over 80 languages, plus learn English from your native language!

Are you looking for a book club? The library book club meets on Thursday the 14th at 1PM to discuss “Winter Garden”. Stop by and try it out!

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.

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!

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 Tuesday, March 19th, 7PM at the Library.

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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Closed for Snow, Wednesday February 20th

The Aston Public Library is closed today, Wednesday February 20th, due to the anticipated snow storm and particularly the inauspicious timing anticipated.

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Closed for Presidents Day

The Aston Public Library will be closed Monday, February 18th for Presidents Day.  Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to see you again soon!

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Opening at 12 Noon Tuesday February 12th

The Aston Public Library will be opening late at 12 Noon today (Tuesday February 12th) due to the weather conditions.

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Closing at 5PM on Monday, February 11th

The Aston Public Library will be closing at 5PM on Monday, February 11th due to weather and building staffing.

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Library closed on Martin Luther King Day

The Aston Public Library will be closed Monday, January 21st, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Job Posting – Part-Time Library Associate

The Aston Public Library is seeking a tech-fluent and interpersonally 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

PART-TIME 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

Wednesday 3-8PM, Thursday 2-8PM, Friday 10AM-5PM,  Two Saturdays per month 10AM-5PM

COMPENSATION:  $12.25 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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