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. Personnel Policy [PDF].

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

Youth Services Associate – Part Time

We are seeking an energetic, creative and outgoing individual who enjoys working with children.  The position (14 hours per week including daytime hours and some evening and weekend hours) involves dealing directly with the public: providing reference and reader’s advisory services, answering the phone, planning and conducting some of the storytimes and assisting with departmental services. Excellent customer service skills are required plus knowledge of children’s and young adult literature.  Must demonstrate strong computer skills.

Must be able to empathize with and relate to the needs of children, demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, and work with great accuracy and attention to detail. Must be able to adapt to changing work situations and job requirements.

Qualifications: Two years of college, MLIS in progress or LTA Certificate. One year experience working with children and caregivers. Starting salary:  $13.45/hr.

Deadline until filled. Please send cover letter and resume with three references to:

Uma Nori, Head of Youth Services, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558. Email:

Summer Intern – Teen and Tween Services
Part time temporary, 15 hours/week, $14.50/hour

Planning and executing a yearly Summer Reading program is one of the biggest projects a youth services librarian will undertake. Gain hands-on experience through all stages of this project in this 12-16 week internship. You will work under the direction of the Head of Teen and Tween Services and directly with youth in grades 4-12  as you plan, promote, and implement programs and events, participate in community outreach, work with volunteers, complete a collection management project, and more. You will also gain experience at a public service desk. The ideal applicant will be service oriented, energetic, willing to take creative risks, and will display great empathy toward the unique needs of teens and tweens.

You will work directly with youth in grades 4-8 by planning, promoting, and implementing after-school programs and weekend activities, participating in community outreach, facilitating STEAM activities, and more. You will also work at a public service desk conducting reference and reader’s advisory services and monitoring our brand new teen and tween space.

MLS, LTA, and education students encouraged to apply.


  • Must be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in English.
  • One year of college or LTA Certificate training or equivalent.
  • Experience working with youth ages 10-18.
  • Customer service experience preferred.

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Heather Booth at

Application deadline, March 8, 2019.