The Montague Public Libraries are accepting applications for two Substitute Library Assistants. Work includes circulation desk activities; shelving materials, reference services and interlibrary loan services, providing information and assistance to patrons and the community; and responding to inquiries, requests and complaints. Library experience is strongly preferred and both customer service and computer skills are essential.
The Substitute Library Assistant fills in at the Carnegie Library, Millers Falls Branch, and/or Montague Center Branch when those libraries’ regular library assistants take vacation or sick time. While some shifts may be scheduled weeks or days in advance, the substitute library assistant will also be called to provide coverage day-of. This is a non-graded position and the pay is $14.25/hour. A completed Montague *employment application, resume, cover letter, and three reference names must be submitted by email to Library Director, Caitlin Kelley, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 15th at 12:00PM.
*The employment application is attached at the bottom of this post.
TOWN OF MONTAGUE JOB DESCRIPTION
Substitute Library Assistant
Statement of Duties
The Substitute Library Assistant fills in to provide service at the Carnegie Library, Millers Falls Branch, and/or Montague Center Branch when those libraries’ regular library assistants take vacation or sick time. While some shifts may be scheduled weeks or days in advance, the substitute library assistant will also be called to provide coverage day-of. Work includes circulation desk activities; shelving materials, reference services and interlibrary loan services, providing information and assistance to patrons and the community; and responding to inquiries, requests and complaints.
Employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instruction. Employee is expected to refer unusual situations to the supervisor for advice and further instructions. Reviews and checks of the employee’s work are applied to an extent sufficient to keep the supervisor aware of progress, and to ensure that completed work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.
The work involves the interpretation of numerous standardized practices, procedures, or general instructions that govern the work. Judgment is needed to locate, select and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation or guideline. The sequence of work and/or the procedures followed vary according to the nature of the transaction and/or the information involved, or sought, in a particular situation.
The position has constant contact with the public to respond to inquiries, requests, or complaints, render services, and/or give or receive information.
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.
Lends and collects books, periodicals, DVD’s, and electronic and digital media; uses library software; conducts various patron transactions.
Inspects returned items for damage, checks due dates and collects fines.
Provides customer service, answers patrons’ questions, helps them to locate materials, answers telephone and responds to their questions.
Assists in organizing and maintaining library, shelves materials in proper place, replaces printer and copier paper as needed replaces toner, ribbons, and ink.
Registers new patrons, and issues borrower’s card.
Instructs patrons in library procedures, policies, use of materials, copier and computer and printer.
Assists patrons in researching and obtaining information from library collection, performs interview to try to pinpoint exactly what they need for resources.
Recommends reading to patrons as requested.
Opens doors at proper time, empties book drop, performs closing procedures.
Takes reservations for books and materials and contacts patron in a timely manner when material becomes available.
Maintains a safe and pleasant environment.
Oversees computer schedule to be sure people get right amount of time.
Recommended Minimal Qualifications
Education and Experience
Requires High school diploma/G.E.D; and 1 to 3 years’ experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A candidate for this position should have knowledge of the following:
Library principles and procedures
Computers, Microsoft Office, smartphones, and tablets
The employee operates standard office equipment (e.g., personal computer, telephone, copier)
The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations are considered to ensure individuals with disabilities can perform essential functions.
Moderate physical effort is required to perform administrative and library duties. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, speak, hear, lift up to 10 pounds and use hands to operate the computer. The employee routinely kneels, crouches, and/or reaches with arms, and lifts or carries up to 30 pounds.
Vision requirements include the ability to read routine material and documents for analysis and general understanding, and to use a computer.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations are considered to ensure individuals with disabilities can perform essential functions.
Administrative work is performed under typical office conditions.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Visit our website montaguepubliclibraries.org and find our Job Vacancy post in "Latest News" for the Employment Application.
Do you have a library card? September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth so get one today! Call 413-863-3214 or visit one of our branches to learn how you can access movies, eBook’s, video games and much more.
Saturday, September 25, 10:00am - 1:30pm
Fiction Paperbacks and Kids books, DVDs/CDs & Audio Books, Hundreds of Recent Donations.
Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Montague Public Libraries.
(Rain Date: Saturday, October 2, 10:00am - 1:30pm)
Children are invited to take a craft bag to make valentines with the materials provided.
Most of the materials you need to make the craft are in the bags. You may only need your own scissors and glue.
Stop by to pick up a bag at the Curbside Pick-Up table, while supplies last.
FEB 8, 10-4
FEB 8, 2-7
FEB 9, 2-7
For more info, contact the Carnegie Library, 201 Ave. A, Turners Falls, 863-3214.
Starting Wednesday, November 11, Story Time videos will feature new Children's Programs Assistant, Meghan Doyle! She will read stories, sing songs and do a craft. Craft materials will be available a week before each Story Time. Call 413-863-3214 to schedule a time to pick them up at the Carnegie Library Curbside Pick-Up. Story Time videos will be posted here and on the Youth page of our website - montaguepubliclibraries.org by 7:00am the earliest and by 10:00am the latest, to give families doing remote learning a chance to watch before school begins.
The Carnegie Library is open for Curbside Pick-Up like normal today, Friday, Oct 30, 10:00-4:30. As we move into the colder months, with the potential for inclement weather, you can look in several places to see whether we are open.
Would you like to help support the Montague Libraries? Are you available for one or two evening
meetings a month? The meetings are usually held on Monday evenings, and are currently done on Zoom.
One interim Trustee is needed until the next town election in May. If interested, please send a letter or
email by Tuesday, November 17 th , to the Montague Public Libraries, 201 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA
01376, email@example.com. For more information call Linda at 863-3214.
While we can’t invite you in for programs right now, we can bring the library outside, to you!
We invite parents, caregivers and anyone who loves books to dress up in their Halloween costumes and stroll along and enjoy the story, at the Carnegie Library. StoryWalk® encourages both adults and children to participate in an activity that encourages physical activity and fosters a child's interest in reading.
Each page is numbered and positioned at least 6 ft. apart. Thank you for wearing a mask if you will be closer than 6 ft. to others outside of your group.
StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Carnegie Library, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls - 413-863-3214.
Children are invited to take a craft bag to make something fun at home. Stop by the Montague Public library branch you visit to pick up a bag at Curbside Pick-Up.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21: Carnegie Library 10-7 & Montague Center Library 2-7. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22: Millers Falls Library 2-7.
Most of the materials you need to make the craft are in the bag. You may only need your own scissors and glue.
Beginning Tuesday, September 15, the Carnegie Public Library will be open, by appointment, on Tuesdays, 10:00-8:00 and Saturdays, 10:00-2:00. Call 413-863-3214 to schedule a 30-minute appointment to briefly browse for items. Curbside Pick-Up will still be available for the time being. Please use the ramp door entrance only for your appointment.
There are four basic rules for entry into the library:
1) Faces and mouths must be covered
2) If ill, please stay out
3) Sanitize hands upon entry
4) Minimum 6 feet social distancing at all times
High contact surfaces will be cleaned every morning and mid-day and as-needed.
Returns will be quarantined for 3 days before being checked in. There are no fines on late items owned by Montague Public Libraries. Only items in lost status or owned by other libraries will accrue fees or fines.
Two public computers will be available for no more than 30 minutes a day. Computer stations will be sanitized in between uses.
Public bathrooms will not be available.
Details and any other guidelines will be described when you call to schedule an appointment.
Days we are open and details are subject to change, depending upon state and local guidelines.
The Montague Public Libraries are seeking a creative, energetic Children’s Programming Assistant to plan, prep, and run weekly Wednesday morning Story Times, assist with setting up and running very popular monthly Saturday programs, create displays, and assist with library circulation as needed. Experience working with young children and in public libraries strongly preferred. Musical ability and on-line programming experience are pluses. Basic computer skills are essential.
The position is for a minimum of 12 hours weekly, plus some Saturdays and occasional subbing as a library assistant. The pay scale for grade B, step 1 is $17.99/hour. For more information, go to www.montaguepubliclibraries.org. Resume, cover letter, and three references must be submitted to the Montague Public Libraries, 201 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA, 01376, or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 9th.
"Let's talk about all the different kinds of weather, along with the seasons!
We start today's themed class with the Rainbow breath...a cool wooden rainbow and mini-sayings that connect with each color about how we feel & who we are. Next we do some yoga poses that describe all the different types of weather we can experience. And todays story is about Being Present and how does the feel & look like? As, always we finish with a heart shape rock in What are you Grateful for today? Maybe today the weather conditions were your favorite and in your favorite season :) "
No Strings Marionettes will offer a fairy tale - Handsome & Gretel! A video will be posted on this date, here and on the Summer Reading page of the website for the Montague Public Libraries: montaguepubliclibraries.org Here is the link and the password:
"Today's theme is about our home, The Earth!! The story is about the Earth and how it is a part of all of us! We need to take care of her, treat her well and make sure we protect the place we all call home! We have fun with many yoga poses through out the story! Our Mini-Thoughts are about the clouds and the trees. I have a brand new heart shape rock big one & small one! What are you grateful for today? And as a special treat Tyson the rescue pup makes a bit of appearance in the beginning :) Enjoy and have a beautiful day!"
Choose Your Own Adventure Take-and-make Craft Bags
While supplies last, come by the Carnegie Library, in Turners, today and Tuesday (August 17th and 18th) to pick up a children's craft bag! Thank you for taking ONE bag per child and for trying not to touch the other bags - have fun crafting!
Summer Reading Kick-off Event Registration Open Fantastic Frogs
Zoom into the world of Fascinating Frogs - Get your questions ready and join Rainforest Reptile Shows for a virtual educational presentation about frogs from around the world.
Registration opens today! Please call 413-863-3214 or email email@example.com to register. The link and a password will be emailed to you. So whether you call or email, we will need your email address. We have room for 99 participants.
How it works - The details here are tentative and could change at any time. We will keep you posted.
STEP 1: Place items on hold
Please limit holds requests to 10 items per household.
Choose ONE of the following methods:
Log-in to your library account on C/WMARS and request items yourself.
Call the library
Email through the website
Mail your holds list
Carnegie Library - 863-3214
(temporary expanded hours)
Staff will be available by phone
Mon.-Thurs. 9:00-8:00 Fri. 10:00-5:00
Sat. 10:30-4:00 and Sun. 10:00-4:00.
201 Avenue A, Turners Falls 01376
Send an email through our website: montaguepubliclibraries.org/contact
Montague Center Library - 367-2852
Staff will be available by phone Mon. and Wed. 2:00-7:00.
17 Center St. 01351
Send an email through our website: montaguepubliclibraries.org/contact
Millers Falls Library - 659-3801
Staff will be available by phone Tues. and Thurs. 2:00-7:00.
23 Bridge St. 01349
Send an email through our website: montaguepubliclibraries.org/contact
Please limit holds requests to 10 items per household.
STEP 2: Wait for confirmation that your items are ready for pick-up
You will be notified via email or phone when your hold is ready.
Wait times for holds placed for items owned by other libraries are currently longer than usual. We strongly suggest that you limit holds to items that are currently in our buildings to reduce wait times while the delivery service is unavailable.
STEP 3: Schedule your curbside pick-up appointment
Before you can pick up items that you’ve been notified are ready, you need to schedule a specific time slot. Call the library (phone numbers for each branch listed above) to schedule your pickup time.
This is required to pick up your items. No items will be available for pickup without a scheduled appointment.
Due to limited staffing, holds may not be available until the next day the library is open.
STEP 4: Pick up your items
After confirming your time slot, arrive at your pickup location sometime within that period, and you will find your items outside the library, checked out and ready to be picked up.
Holds will be left in labeled paper bags by the staff door, behind the library.
Please put any returns either in our book drops or the bins provided where you pick-up holds.
Returns will be quarantined for 3 days before being checked in. This means that items will remain on your account until we check them in. Due dates have been extended and in most cases fines will be waived.
Please do not attempt to enter buildings or approach staff to receive your items.
Since delivery service to and from other libraries is currently not available we ask that you only return items that are owned by the Montague Public Libraries.
Children of all ages and their families are invited to visit the library’s YouTube channel to hear stories read by Youth Services Librarian Angela Rovatti-Leonard. Videos will be made available on Wednesdays at 10:00am each week. https://www.youtube....AjZrOjc1xA/playlists
This weekly, bi-lingual Spanish/English series for young children, with Tom Carroll & Laurie Davidson, will take a turn ONLINE during the Stay Home Advisory. This Thursday, April 9th it will be at 10:00-10:30am. Follow the link below for the event:
Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson will be offering Music & Movement for Children in a Facebook Live event on Thursdays, at varied times each week. This Thursday, April 2 it will be at 9:00am. Here is the link to their Facebook page where you can RSVP to the event. https://www.facebook...rie-1991464577746259
In the coming weeks, please call the Carnegie Library 413-863-3214 before heading out to any of the Montague Public Libraries.We may need to close the libraries for a few days or more as information unfolds regarding COVID-19. During this time, staff will be available by phone or email. All programs are canceled until further notice as a precautionary measure. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. The safety of our patrons and our community is very important to us.
Given the possibility of a snow storm this Saturday, January 18th, here is some info about where to look before heading out to the Pirate Party at the Carnegie Library (10:30-noon). We hope the weather doesn't interfere with our plans for swashbuckling family fun!
Montague Center Library , 17 School St., 367-2852
•Mon & Wed 2pm-7pm
LEGO Club: Friday, June 22 11:00am-1:00pm. Carnegie Library.
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to come build and play with library LEGOS at Carnegie Library. We have LEGOS of all sizes. Creations will be displayed in the program space for on month! During the summer we meet on one Friday each month.
KICK-OFF Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk: Tuesday, June 26 10:30am. Carnegie Library.
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to come watch an interactive and silly magic show to kick-off the Summer Reading Program. Help make the magic happen by wiggling your fingers, making magical waves with your hands and by yelling magic words!
Snakes Are Super!: Friday, June 29 1:00p.m. Carnegie Library.
Take a trip around the world with Rae Griffiths, from Teaching Creatures, and meet snakes from across the globe. Learn about the many ways snakes are special animals, and get up close to observe their fascinating behavior and anatomy.
Rhythm Circle. Tuesday, July 17. 3:00pm. Millers Falls Library. Children and teens are invited to join Melinda Georgeson for a hands-on exploration of a variety of rhythm instruments.
LEGO Club. Friday, July 20, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Carnegie Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to come build and play with library LEGOS.
An Act of Kindness. Tuesday, July 24, 11:00am. Montague Center Library. Join us at the Montague Center Common for the event that launches a year of programs under themes of peace and social justice. The event includes a reading of the book, a live performance by a local cellist and a related craft. If the weather is inclement, the event will happen inside the Montague Center Library. This program is supported by a grant from the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice.
Ukulele Workshop. Tuesday, July 24 11:00am. Carnegie Library. Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Children ages 11-16 are invited to join musician and teacher Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You’ll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you’ll be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers. This program is supported by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Puppet Show. Friday, August 3, 10:30am. Peskeomskut Park. Join us for the annual performance by No Strings Marionettes. This year’s show will be The Wintermaiden. In the event of inclement weather, the show will happen at Carnegie Library.
LEGO Club. Friday, August 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited to come build and play with library LEGOS.
Paving a Path for Peace: Paper Crane Project Finale. Tuesday, August 7, 3:00pm. From Monday, July 30 to Tuesday, August 7 families are invited to make origami cranes at any one of the Montague Public Library branches: Carnegie Library, Turners Falls - Montague Center Library - Millers Falls
The project will culminate at the Tuesday, August 7th event with a reading of an excerpt of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts about Peace. Origami expert, Mike Naughton, will instruct participants in how to make paper cranes and other designs as well. The origami cranes will be attached to a quilt and displayed at the Carnegie Library. This program is supported by a grant from the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice.
Rare And Unique Armored Mud Ball Presentation Carnegie Library
There will be a presentation ceremony for a rare and unique armored mud ball specimen at 2 pm, Monday, May 14th, to the Carnegie Library, by GGC Geology Professor Richard Little, with Library Director Linda Hickman. The resources of the Carnegie Library in Turners Falls will also be highlighted. The armored mud balls will be housed in the second floor museum of the library, joining rocks and minerals both local and from around the world.
There are only a few world locations where armored mud balls are found, and they are in bedrock and not able to be moved or removed. The Turners Falls specimens were from a now-abandoned local quarry, so the rocks were already cut to manageable size. Some of these rocks made up the Old Red Bridge suspension cable anchors and samples can be seen along the Connecticut River in Gill and also Unity Park, Turners Falls. Specimens from this now-dismantled Red Bridge cable anchor also can be seen in the new Geo Path, a part of the Outdoor Learning Laboratory at the south end of the Main Building of Greenfield Community College.
This children's program is canceled due to the inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. As of the time of this post, the libraries will be open for normal hours: Carnegie Library, 1:00-5:00 and Millers Falls Library, 2:00-7:00. Stay safe!
When do you think the pile of snow in the Food City parking lot will be gone? The Carnegie Library's annual free contest has returned along with the huge mound of snow across the street. Come into the Carnegie and give us your best guess and contact information. One entry per person by Valentine's Day. Winner will receive a Second St. Bakery Gift Certificate. The Carnegie Library is open M, Tu 1 - 8 p.m., W 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Th 1 - 5 p.m., F 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sa 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.