Job Opportunities

Library positions which are open and for which applicants are sought are advertised in local newspapers, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System website, and other regional library publications. Those people whose skills and credentials most closely match what we are seeking will be contacted for interviews. Employees are selected solely on the basis of merit and in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. The Thomas Ford Memorial Library is an equal opportunity employer. Appointments are made by the Library Director and are subject to approval by the Library Board.

More about working at Thomas Ford may be learned from its Personnel Policy [PDF].

Applicants seeking nonprofessional positions at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library should complete the Application for Employment. When completed, please submit the form at the Circulation Desk.

Open Positions


Afterschool Programmer, Tween and Teen Services, Part Time

Middle schoolers love visiting the Thomas Ford Memorial Library after school, and we are looking for the right person to help us meet their needs with enthusiasm, empathy, and creativity. You will work directly with youth in grades 4-8 by setting an engaging and welcoming tone in our Tween and Teen Room. You will lead activities like a camp counselor, build positive relationships like a mentor, create learning opportunities like a teacher, and share a love of reading like we all do at the library! Must be service oriented, willing to take creative risks, and display great empathy toward the unique needs of teens and tweens. This is a school year position with an option to extend, with adjusted hours, for summer.

Must be able to:

  • Lead youth individually and in small groups with flexibility, understanding, and a sense of humor
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Work independently with a high degree of precision
  • Be adept at the use of technology and basic computer programs
  • Use a variety of office equipment
  • Adapt to evolving needs, trends, and library services.

12 hours/week, 3-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, $14.50/hour


  • One year of customer service required; public library experience preferred.
  • One year of experience working with youth ages 10-18.
  • Some college, LTA Certificate, or equivalent.

Deadline until filled. Please email cover letter and resume to Heather Booth, Head of Tween and Teen Services, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558. Email: