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Library services, in one form or another, have been offered for nearly 135 years in the city of Hillsdale. In 1879 a group of women formed a library association formed with the intention to "circulate good literature among the people of Hillsdale." The books they collected would eventually become the foundation of the Mitchell Public Library, which opened in 1908. The Mitchell Public Library served Hillsdale for 95 years until the construction of the Hillsdale Community Library in 2003, a two million dollar state-of-the-art library building. Growing from the initial collection of 2,666 volumes, the Hillsdale Community Library collection currently stands at over 39,000 volumes and continues to grow. The new library also includes dedicated space for children's programming, a young adults' area and expanded technology. The new facility also includes a spacious community meeting room that not only provides programming space for the library, but also for local civic and other organizations, to use for presentations and meetings.

Hillsdale Community Library Mission Statement

Hillsdale Community Library is dedicated to serving the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Hillsdale.  As a public agency the library is maintained as a service to the community and the people who support it.  Service of the library is not limited to individuals, but extends to support the civic, educational and cultural activities of groups and organizations.  The library cooperates with other organizations, agencies, and institutions to provide library service.


Hillsdale Community Library Vision Statement

The vision for this library builds on the strengths and achievements of the past and envisions a future in which the library reflects the changing needs and desires of those who use it and reaches out in a creative way to attract new users.  The library provides a welcoming environment to all, makes the best technology available to serve the information needs of the community, and encourages lifelong learning.


Did you know? Facts About the Hillsdale Community Library

  • Over 58,900 people visited the library in 2015
  • The public access computers were used 11,246 times in 2015
  • The Wi-Fi was utilized 4,510 times in 2015
  • 7,139 hours were spent on the public access computers in 2015
  • 57,572 items were circulated in 2015
  • Ancestry.com is now available on the public access computers
  • 4,319 eBooks were downloaded in 2015
  • 4,469 patrons attended 227 programs in 2015
  • 312 kids, 116 teens, and 83 adults participated in the 2015 Summer Reading Program
  • The library held its first Summer Reading program in 1936
  • The Ladies Library Association of Hillsdale was formed in 1879 with a collection of 522 books. This collection formed the basis for the Mitchell Public Library
  • The library's Historical Room was established in 1916 and is continuing to grow under the care of the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center


Job openings

Children/Teen Services

Job Description

General Description:

This individual will develop, implement, and supervise children's and teen services provided by the library. This individual will also assist in supervising the daily operation of the library as assigned, and provides assistance to library support staff as needed.  Reports to, and is evaluated by, the Library Director.


Examples of Duties:

• Coordinates and directs programs of service to children and teens

• Makes expenditures within the budget allotment

• Keeps accurate records of all children's library income, including fines, gifts, and all library expenditures

• Keeps accurate records of all children's programs, reported monthly to the director

• Develops and proposes service programming, policies and procedures related to children

and teen services in the library

• Monitors the YA and Children's Rooms after school

• Monitors the quality and effectiveness of existing programs and practices

• Keeps the YA and Children's Rooms organized and in order

• Assists Library Director with collection development and cataloging of new materials

• Assists patrons with question about public access computers or computer functions

• Answers telephone and provides routine information to patrons

• Checks books, magazines and other library holdings in and out at the circulation desk and

collects fines using an automated circulation system

• Maintains close contact with the Library Director to ensure administration of quality


• Helps oversee library pages and or volunteers

• Performs other related duties as required


Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• A library science degree or education degree

• Experience working with children

• Knowledge of children's and teen literature and general interests

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Experiences in office practices, especially helping to prepare budgets and some basic accounting procedures

• Willing to obtain library certification and further training in professional skills


This is a part-time 25-28 hour a week position with some evening and/or Saturday work.

The City of Hillsdale uses a performance based pay scale.  The starting pay for this position is $10.00 per hour.


To Apply: All applicants must send an email to LeAnn Beckwith, Library Director, at lbeckwith@hillsdale-library.org with the subject line Part-time Children/Teen Services Position and the following documents attached: cover letter, resume, and three references.

To be considered for this position, please submit application by January 28, 2017.



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