With the quarantine and Stay-at-home order, the Library is not open to the public, so we are not conducting interviews at this time. However, when we are able to reopen, we will be seeking a Youth Programs Coordinator. We are accepting applications and resumes via email.
Individual to Conduct the 2020 Summer Reading Program
and year-round Youth Programs Coordinator
Could be same person or 2 different individuals
The Carthage Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized individual who enjoys working with children and planning events. This individual will plan, publicize, and implement a wide range of programs for children and teens during the school year, as well as a dynamic Summer Reading Program for all ages. Must be able to work independently, deal with multiple on-going projects, and prioritize tasks. Computer skills and proficiency in using Microsoft Office programs is required along with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with children and planning activities is a high priority. No previous library experience required.
This is a part-time position, approximately 20-25 hours per week. If the candidate is willing to be trained to perform regular circulation duties and other library tasks, the hours could increase to 30-35 per week. The schedule is somewhat flexible but includes some morning hours, after school and evening hours, and some Saturdays.
We would consider dividing the duties into two positions: children and teen/tween.
The teen/tween programs coordinator must be tech savvy, and would mainly work when the students are not in school.
We would prefer to fill the position with someone available year-round. However, we would consider hiring an individual just to plan, publicize and conduct the 2020 Summer Reading Program. Planning begins immediately, but could be done any time of the day. The program sessions are weekdays in June, July, and early August.
The Summer Reading Theme is: Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover.
Youth Programs Coordinator Job Description
Job Application Form MS Word format Job Application Form pdf format
To apply, submit a resume and completed application form (from link above)
to the Carthage Public Library in person or via email, CarthageLibraryDirector@gmail.com.
For questions, call the Library, 217-357-3232, and ask for the Director, Amy Gee.
Library Board Considers Facility Options
In 2006, when the Library remodeled the first floor of the former Marine Bank building and moved into 500 Wabash Ave., the plan was to eventually renovate the second floor. The Board knew that we would be required to construct an additional stairway. The Library is currently facing problems with an unreliable elevator, which is difficult to repair since the parts are obsolete, and is too small to meet ADA requirements. Replacing the elevator would greatly add to the remodeling expenses.
In order to effectively evaluate our options, accurate cost estimates were needed. In 2017 the Board of Trustees began working with Dr. Frederick Schlipf, a well-known and respected Library Building Consultant and professor at the U of I Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Misselhorn, from Apace Design + Architects in Peoria.
In March of 2018 Dr. Schlipf and Mark Misselhorn submitted a report to the Board of Trustees that summarized their findings and gave their recommendation. Page 1 states:
"The library has four general options:
1. Remodel the second story of the building to enable it to be used for library purposes, adding necessary staircase and
2. Expand the first floor by constructing an addition on the south.
3. Obtain and remodel another old structure and convert it to library purposes.
4. Build a new library building on a new site.
Our conclusion, outlined in detail below, is that the most economical and functional solution is to start over with a
new building designed as a library."
Click here to view their full report.
STAFF & ADMINISTRATION
Library Director: Amy Gee, CarthageLibraryDirector@gmail.com
Youth Programs Coordinator: Mellissa Smith, CarthageLibraryYouth@gmail.com
Other Staff: Tori Buckert, Wendy Hamer, Tammy Kost, Janet Nicholas, Lindsay Nichols
Elected Board of Trustees
President: John Dittmer
Vice-President: J.R. Parn
Secretary: Donna Tracy
Treasurer: Andy Bastert
Members: Angie Perry
Board meetings are open to the public and are usually held at
4:30 pm on the second Monday of each month, at the Library
2019-20 Board Meeting Dates
July 8, 2019 January 13, 2020
August 12, 2019 February 10, 2020
September 9, 2019 March 9, 2020
October 14, 2019 April 13, 2020*** will be held virtually
see details below
***November 18, 2019 May 11, 2020
(3rd Monday, because the Library
will be closed on Nov. 11)
December 9, 2019 June 8, 2020
**** April 13, 2020 Virtual Meeting, 4:30 pm
Due to the continuation of the Stay at Home Order, April 13 meeting of
The Board of Trustees of the Carthage Public Library District
will be held on-line via Cisco WebEx.
All Board meetings are open meetings and the public is welcome to attend.
You may join the meeting by telephone: 1-408-418-9388 for audio only, or
join over the Internet, http://meetingsamer9.webex.com.
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Agenda for October meeting Agenda for November meeting Agenda for December meeting
Agenda for January 2020 meeting Agenda for February meeting Agenda for March meeting
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