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Position Title: Book Talk Assistant

Branch: Available at several branches

Department: Youth Services

Position Summary: Assist the library’s youth services staff by presenting book talks to local elementary school students.

Major Responsibilities: Prepare and present 2-3 book talks per grade level to elementary school students. The book talks should give a glimpse into the setting, characters, and plot without telling the entire story. They should entice the students to want to read the book on their own. A typical book talk lasts 2-3 minutes.

Library staff will select the books to be book talked. Volunteers will be responsible for developing, rehearsing, and presenting their book talks.

Volunteers will accompany library staff to elementary schools to book talk, presenting with the staff member.

Qualifications: High School Diploma or G.E.D., plus two years of college or two years of work experience.

Experience teaching and leading children’s programs.

Ability to prepare and deliver creative, entertaining, and captivating presentations to large groups of children.

Must have a love of reading and an enthusiasm for children’s literature.

Length of Commitment: Three month commitment (April-June)

Time Involvement: Once a week for 3 hours at a school, plus book talk preparation time which can be done at home.

Application Process: To apply, contact Ted Kavich at 703-324-8685. As part of the interview process, potential volunteers will be required to prepare a book talk to present to staff

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