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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Project - Literacy Program Facilitator, Brooklyn Lib (NY)

Brooklyn Public Library seeks Read! Write! Create! Program Facilitators – Spring 2014
Read! Write! Create! Program Facilitator – Spring 2014

Applications are solicited ASAP for Program Facilitators for BPL’s Read! Write! Create! (RWC) literacy program. RWC will hold two six-session series of comic book writing workshops for children in three public housing development community centers and three branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on specific dates in the Spring of 2014. The facilitators are scheduled to work for 2 hours on each session of the series, which will take place weekdays during after school hours or on weekends. Upon completion of the series, there will be a possibility of renewal for the summer and fall series.

BPL will partner with the Comic Book Project to introduce the RWC workshop series during which children will write, design and produce original comic books, and parents and caregivers will become informed about family reading engagement, school readiness and summer learning. The goals of RWC are to strengthen reading and writing skills in five- to nine-year-old children from low-income households through enriching hands-on workshops, to strengthen ties between branch libraries and families living in public housing developments, and to raise awareness of the importance of recreational reading and writing practice as it pertains to in-school learning and child development.
Duties and responsibilities:
·         Using the curriculum created by the Comic Book Project and adapted by BPL, facilitate comic book writing workshops for children.
·         Work collaboratively with the Children’s Librarian at the assigned branch and staff at the public housing community center.
·         Promote literacy skills by exploring the connection between words and visual imagery as it relates to narrative structure and content.
·         Setup and breakdown activity space.
·         Communicate clearly with Read! Write! Create! Coordinator.
Education and Qualifications:
·         Bachelor’s Degree
·         Experience working with children ages five to nine
·         Excellent communication skills;  Strong presentation and programming skills
·         Flexibility and willingness to travel
·         Enrollment in a graduate library or education program desirable, but not essential
·         Interest in and knowledge of comic books, graphic novels, and sequential art a plus

Compensation: $100 per program and $100 to attend the training
Job offer is contingent on passing a pre-employment background check

All interested and qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to:  Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.