Part-time Help Needed!

Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Missouri, needs a service-oriented, part-time Library Assistant! You will be the person who makes that first impression for the library, and helps patrons throughout your shift. This position requires customer service experience, and excellent people skills.

 

Requirements for the position:

– At least 2 years experience in customer service, preferably in a library setting. College education is also preferred.

– Computer experience, including word processing, Internet, and the ability to learn and use the Library Circulation System effectively.

– Read, write, and speak very well.

– Ability to establish and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with staff, patrons, and local citizens, and also maintain composure while handling complaints from the public.

 

The Library Assistant:

– Maintains good relations with public and staff, in a courteous and tactful manner. You must be both patient and firm.

– Greets library patrons, answers the telephone, and performs a wide range of public contact duties.

– Consistently presents the Ferguson Municipal Public Library and its services in a positive manner and adheres to customer service guidelines and procedures as established by the Library.

– Uses Library Circulation System to circulate materials to patrons including checking materials in and out, processing holds, registering borrowers, and collecting fines and fees.

– Helps patrons locate materials and information, print and digital, requesting help from other staff as needed.

– Helps put away library materials and keep our shelves in order.

– Performs the countless tasks necessary to keep a library running. Libraries have infinite work, and a lot of variety in tasks. Assists in library operations, including opening and closing the library and circulation desk, counting money, using Library Circulation System to print reports, emptying book drop, and more.

– Promote and maintain safety in the library.

– May perform general clerical duties or special projects as assigned.

– Is dependable and ready for duty at/during scheduled times.

– Is able to carry-out established procedures and policies.

– Has a positive work attitude.

– Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, lift/carry 25 pounds and reach shelves for retrieval or shelving of materials.

– Has a strong commitment to service, teamwork, and professional standards.

 

Ferguson, one of the oldest cities in St. Louis County, has a rich history and strong identity. It is a diverse community of around 21,000 wonderful people. The Ferguson Municipal Public Library is independent, but also part of the Municipal Library Consortium, a collection of 9 municipal libraries across St. Louis County.

 

Starting schedule will be Monday 1-8, Tuesday 4-8, Thursday 2-8, Friday 12-6, every other Saturday 9-4.   You would have a set and consistent schedule, but you may be asked to shift schedules occasionally in unusual circumstances, such as working additional shifts to help cover time off for other employees.  Starting pay will be between 9 and 11 dollars per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. The position does include holiday pay, but does not include regular sick pay or vacation pay, and does not cover health care costs.

 

Applications should include a cover letter and current resume, and be sent to ahinterser@fergusonlibrary.net, or to

Ferguson Library,

C/O Ally Hinterser,

35 North Florissant Rd,

Ferguson, MO 63135.

 

We will consider applications until the position is filled in a rolling interview process, so quick response will increase likelihood of getting an interview. The Ferguson Municipal Public Library District is an equal opportunity employer.

 

– Ally Hinterser, Circulation Librarian

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Fine Amnesty Week – April 11-16

NLW-skyscraper_0To celebrate National Library Week, we are having a fine-free week. That means that any items you return between April 11 and 16, we will remove the fines from your account, no matter how overdue the items are! This is a great opportunity to get your account back down to zero and see what’s new at the Ferguson Public Library. There are a few exceptions:

 Excessively damaged items will not be accepted. If the disc is cracked or pages are torn and missing, you will still have to pay the replacement cost for the item.
Only items that say “Ferguson Library” on them will be accepted. We can’t waive fines on items that don’t belong to us, even on items that you requested from other libraries in the Municipal Library Consortium. EDIT: We can waive fines on items that belong to other libraries in the Municipal Library Consortium!
– Old fines on your card will not be waived. We are only waiving fines on items you return between April 11 and 16.

We look forward to seeing you in April! Welcome back to the Ferguson Public Library. 🙂

 

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Tax Information

Due to a scheduling conflict, VITA will not be offering free tax preparation at the library this year. They will instead be offering it at the Ferguson Community Center, 1050 Smith Avenue, at the following dates and times:

  • Fridays, February 5 – April 15, from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturdays, February 6 – April 16, from 9 am to 3 pm

For more information about other free tax preparation locations or questions about this service, please contact VITA at (314) 539-4062. For directions to the Ferguson Community Center, please contact them at (314) 521-4661 or click here for a map.

Need forms?

Federal forms can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs. Use the search box or the list on that page to download and print off the forms you need. If you need a form from a previous year, click the prior year tab above the search box to search for the year and the form you need. Want to check the status of your refund? Follow the instructions at this link: https://www.irs.gov/Refunds.

Missouri state forms can be found here: http://dor.mo.gov/forms/. Use the search box to download and print off the forms you need by filling in the form number you need, as well as the year if you need a form prior to 2015. Use the category box to narrow your results to business or personal tax forms. If you need the Missouri Property Tax Credit form, commonly known as the circuit breaker, click the following link to download and print that form and other materials: http://dor.mo.gov/forms/?formName=mo-ptc&category=&year=&searchForms=Search+Forms. If you received a postcard in the mail and need to access your Missouri 1099-G amount, you may do so by calling (573) 526-8299 or by following the instructions here: https://sa.dor.mo.gov/tax/1099g/.

If you are having trouble downloading and printing the forms you need, please visit us at the library. While librarians are not tax professionals and cannot help you choose the forms you need to file or help you fill them out, we can help you access these materials. We also have some tax forms and booklets available for you to use.

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January Events at the Library

january events We have lots of great events scheduled for this month!

Do you have a kid fascinated by computers and interested in apps? Sign them up for our kids coding class! They will learn how to make their own computer programs in lots of different ways. The six-week class starts Tuesday, January 12, and registration is required.

Do your New Year’s resolutions include being more active or trying new things? Come to our Yoga For Adults class! This free class will teach you how to de-stress and help you increase your flexibility. All you will need to bring is your own yoga mat or beach towel! The class starts Saturday, January 23 and will meet every other Saturday.

The Boeing engineers return, and this time they are bringing some cool tech with them! Our Boeing Invention Night last fall was a huge success, with lots of kids (and their parents!) learning about the invention process and solving several challenges, all while having fun. Boeing Technology Night promises to offer more of the same, with everyone getting a chance to try out MaKey Makeys and a 3D printer.

If you have any questions or want to sign your child up for our kids coding class or Boeing Technology Night, please visit the library or give us a call at 521-4820!

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