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Youth Services Librarian – Fruitville Library

Join our team at the beautiful Fruitville Library. Conveniently located off I-75 and neighboring the Celery Fields, the Fruitville branch will also be the closest of our 10 branches to the new Sarasota Historical Resources Center.

Fruitville is a busy, vibrant library serving over 14,000 patrons per month. As the Youth Services Librarian, you'll support a broad spectrum of youth services for families, home school students, storytimes, lap sit programs and tween and teen programming. Youth materials constitute almost half of our monthly circulation!

  • As part of the team, participate in setting unit, library, and system goals, contribute to decision making and evaluation of progress. 
  • Implement standards of service that ensure the prompt and efficient resolution of each inquiry by internal and external customers, delivered with the utmost courtesy and respect.
  • Establish liaisons and perform outreach activities with organizations, agencies, day cares, schools, and homeschool providers in the community to creatively promote library services and facilitate programming and service delivery.
  • Initiate, design, facilitate and evaluate education and literacy programs; collaborate on activities and programs related to identified branch and community goals with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
  • Write and develop book reviews, promotional materials, flyers, book lists, and web content.
  • Establish and pursue strategies to stay informed about current and relevant information resources to meet the youth community’s evolving needs.

Fruitville Library has a very active Friends of the Library Group and is well supported by the community.

Work Hours: 40 hours a week.
Fruitville Library Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 8am - 8pm
  • Thursday: 8am - 6pm
  • Friday - Sundays: 8am - 5pm

Work schedules may vary due to split shifts, rotations, on-call, emergencies, etc.
**Employee may be re-assigned to fill in at other libraries within Sarasota County.

About You

Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Master's degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.
  • - OR - Bachelor’s degree and enrolled in a MLS/MLIS program with the ability to obtain a MLS/MLIS within 6 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications: One-year of experience in library environment.

Physical Demands:  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. 

About Everything Else

Pay: $42,868.80 - $52,000.00, based on your librarian experience
  • Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more! 
  • For more information about employee benefits, please click this link or visit for additional information.
  • Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations. 
  • Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)​​

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Our vision is to have a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace that attracts, develops, retains and engages a talented workforce broadly representative of the citizens and communities we serve. To further value creativity, innovation, collaboration and great customer service – internally and externally. 

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