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Duluth Public Library: Expanding Play-Based Learning

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Learning starts the day we’re born, so it’s important for caregivers to have opportunities to help build those early learning and literacy skills right away! Play is the best way for young children to learn and it builds important bonds between children and their caregivers. The Duluth Public Library strives to provide a variety of opportunities for families to play and learn together through their library collections, in-house activities, and outreach programs. This position will help build the library’s capacity to provide more of these opportunities for families and improve access to existing programs and collections. This is an excellent opportunity to stretch your creative muscles, expand your understanding of early learning and literacy, connect with a variety of organizations in the Duluth area, and help children and families play and learn together. The Duluth Public Library is an innovative, open-minded, dynamic place to work, dedicated to a lot more than just books! DPL has a rich history of community engagement, providing invaluable resources to those most in-need, and promoting a love of learning and discovery for all ages, but especially for Duluth’s youngest citizens. If you are a creative, detail-oriented individual who loves independent and collaborative projects and have a passion for early childhood and family education, this could be an amazing opportunity for you! 

Job duties will include: 

1) Researching and creating new ways for the library spaces to provide opportunities for families to play and learn together. 

2) Improving caregivers’ access to and use of library’s collection of toys for checkout. 

3) Expanding the library’s promotion of collections, programs, and services in under-resourced neighborhoods. 

4)Developing new early literacy outreach programs and help pilot those programs in the community. 

Requirements include:

1) Educational or work experience with early childhood care and/or education or related fields

2) Interest in supporting parents’ and young children’s education through play and improving community equity; 

3) The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; 

4) Basic understanding and skills in using Microsoft Word and Excel and in researching topics online.

*Position is part of the Literacy Leadership AmeriCorps VISTA program of Literacy Minnesota (LitMN), which places about 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members with nonprofits, public agencies and Tribal Nations located in Minnesota and Wisconsin to build their capacity to improve literacy for children, youth, adults or families. Literacy Minnesota fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all. Applications reviewed on rolling basis until filled. Alternate start dates may be available. More info: https://www.literacymn.org/americorps-vista


Learning starts the day we’re born, so it’s important for caregivers to have opportunities to help build those early learning and literacy skills right away! Play is the best way for young children to learn and it builds important bonds…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

On-site

Duluth Public Library

520 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

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