Ready, Set, Kindergarten! Storytime Program Intern - Summer 2014

Applications are solicited ASAP for Storytime Program Interns for BPL’s Ready, Set, Kindergarten programs. The Ready, Set, Kindergarten Interns will provide a six session series of preschool programs in designated branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on specific dates in the summer of 2014.  The interns are scheduled to work for 3 hours on each session of the series. Applications are requested no later than June 6, 2014.

All interns must also attend a paid training session scheduled for Saturday June 21, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Each intern will be assigned a branch for all six sessions, and all interns must be willing to travel to their assigned branch, and be available to present programs on the following dates: July 12/13, 19/20, 26/27 August 2/3, 9/10, 16/17. (Interns will be assigned to Saturday or Sunday programs, not both—most of the opportunities are for Saturdays).

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Using BPL’s curriculum, plan and conduct storytime programs for children 3-5 years of age and their parents or caregivers.
  • Coordinate with assigned branch to prepare for the storytime series
  • Share picture books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities with families to promote the development of early literacy skills and science and math skills in young children. 
  • Share tips and information with parents about early literacy skills and how reading with children can promote their development. Share tips on incorporating basic math and science skills into daily life with children, and tips on school readiness.
  • Gather information and surveys from participants for an evaluation of this project.
  • Set up and clean-up program materials. 
  • Communicate clearly with Ready, Set, Kindergarten coordinator, and consult with assigned mentor on at least three occasions.
  • Report any problems to mentor or library staff overseeing the program. 

Skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with young children or knowledge of children’s literature.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel.
  • Enrollment in a graduate library or education program desirable, but not essential.   
  • Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Bengali, Polish, or Russian a plus. 

Stipend: $100 per program & $100 to attend the training session. 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by June 6th to  Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.