Kids can’t get themselves school-ready. They need the support of their families, schools, and community-and they need you! Help us collaborate to improve equity and close the school-readiness gap.
In this position you will join the Duluth Public Library’s "Every Child Ready Duluth" initiative and work alongside a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving school readiness city-wide. You will help vulnerable and under-resourced families voice their school readiness challenges and help the library provide more equitable programs and services to meet their needs. This is an excellent opportunity to network with a variety of organizations invested in family success and gain experience building connections, assessing needs, and nurturing relationships between parents/caregivers and their community. If you are a detail-oriented individual who loves meeting new people, organizing projects, working collaboratively and have a passion for community engagement, children, and families, this could be an amazing opportunity for you!
This is a year-long Americorps Vista service position, hosted through Literacy Minnesota. Serving as a Literacy Leader allows you to gain valuable experiences and skills while designing and carrying out literacy initiatives. This position is hosted out of the Duluth Public Library’s downtown loacation.
Duties will include:
Working with community partners to build relationships with parents/caregivers and child care providers in neighborhoods with the highest levels of poverty to learn more about barriers to school readiness
Developing a framework for bringing library programs and services into these neighborhoods and improving promotion for these programs
Working with library youth services staff to develop a reading incentive program for children birth-kindergarten and their caregivers designed to address needs of identified neighborhoods
Improving diverse representation in storytime programs by recruiting volunteer readers and assisting with reading schedule and recordings (if necessary).
Literacy Leaders Receive:
Living allowance ($513 biweekly)
$6,345 education award or $1,800 stipend at end of service
Federal student loan forbearance
Relocation allowance (if moving 50+ miles for service)
Perks & Benefits:
Trainings and professional development opportunities though Literacy Minnesota and the Duluth Public Library
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Duluth Public Library
520 W Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802, US
The Duluth Public Library strengthens our community by promoting the love of reading and life-long discovery, helping ensure children are ready and excited to learn, offering robust connections to the digital world, and providing a creative and welcoming environment for all.
The Duluth Public Library (DPL) was established in 1889. Today there are three locations: Main library downtown, Mount Royal Branch and West Duluth Branch. Each branch tailors its services to its unique patron base, but all branches have worked toward the same mission through the materials they offer for checkout, free events, guest performances, and access to the internet and supported use of devices. Further, the library has taken strides to improve equity for its patrons by eliminating late fees on checked-out materials and by providing access to social services in the library including county social workers, MNsure enrollment assistance, and tax preparation services. In 2018 DPL had 51,636 card-holding patrons who checked out 795,723 items, and attended 743 free programs (430 were programs for children and families).
DPL has always placed a high priority on supporting children and families. A team of dedicated youth services staff provides enriching events and activities for kids of all ages to enhance literacy and learning. Improving school readiness in Duluth is currently the library’s top strategic goal. To address this, the library has launched Every Child Ready Duluth (ECRD), through which the library is developing a coalition of community partners that will work together to help bridge the gaps in school readiness in the community, and support families and childcare providers.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
520 W Superior StreetDuluth, MN55802
March 30, 2021
Literacy / Reading
Microsoft Office Suite
Verbal / Written Communication
Must be at least 18
Full time position (37.5 hours per week) for one year, starting August 3, 2021
• 18+ years old
• Ability to serve full-time for one year starting in August
• A US citizen, legal permanent resident, asylee, refugee, or DACA recipient
• High school diploma or GED
• Ability to work independently and within team