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Public Library serving Aston, Pennsylvania.

We are closed for July 4th

We will be closed July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Have a wonderful Fourth!

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Help Wanted – 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.

Example of possible hours

Monday 2-8PM, Tuesday 10AM-4PM, Wednesday 10AM-2PM, Thursday 10AM-4PM, One Saturday per month 10AM-5PM

COMPENSATION:  $13.50 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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Special programs for kids all summer!

Aston Public Library presents:

Summer Reading Programs

Wednesdays at 1:00pm

in the Aston Community Center GYM

June 22nd to August 17th, 2022

Free! No Registration necessary!!

June 22 – 1:00pm Tom Crowl- Ventriloquist

June 29 – 1:00pm Ed Schmitt- Magician

July 6 – 1:00pm Sciencetellers- Science Experiments

July 13- 1:00pm The Amazing Magi- Magician

July 20- 1:00pm Puppets Pizzazz- Puppet Show

July 27- 1:00pm Eyes of the Wild & Wallaby- Animal Show

August 3- 1:00pm Makin’ Music

August 10- 1:00pm Don Dougherty- Interactive Storyteller

August 17- 1:00pm Peter Moses- Singer-Storyteller

 

Aston Public Library

3270 Concord Road

Aston, PA 19014

For more information call: 610-494-5877

email: debbie@astonlibrary.org

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We are closed for Memorial Day

Memorial Day picture

The library will be closed on Memorial Day – Monday, May 30, 2022.  Have a wonderful holiday, and we hope to see you soon!

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Storytime for Thursday 5/26/2022 cancelled

Sorry, Thursday storytime is canceled for this week. We hope to see you next Thursday!

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Monday evening hours

The Library will be open Mondays until 8PM, on a trial basis, starting this week.

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“Science in the Summer” returns this year!

GSK Science in the Summer is back at our library this year! This free class for elementary school aged kids will be in Aston in July, and will also be at other libraries throughout Delco. Apply for your child to get a spot by going to –

More information on the Program is available at –

http://scienceinthesummer.fi.edu/phila

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Closed for Good Friday

The Aston Public Library will be closed and have no services Friday, April 14th for Good Friday.  Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to see you again soon!

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Thursday evening hours

The Library will be open Thursdays until 8PM, on a trial basis, starting this week.

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See you at Bingo!

Bingo to benefit Aston Public Library! Saturday (March 19th) from 6-9PM! Doors open at 4:30PM. $25 admission. All cash prizes.

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