Library Page, Teen Reading Ambassador - St. George Library Center

The New York Public Library Staten Island, NY
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February 4, 2022
The New York Public Library
Staten Island, NY

Library Page, Teen Reading Ambassador - St. George Library Center

Department: Education

Employment Type: Part Time

Location: St. George Library Center

Reporting To: Olisha James

Compensation: $15.00 / hour


The New York Public Library is looking for teens in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade who are interested in at least one of the following: 

  • Working with children 

  • Exploring a career in education, literacy, librarianship, and/or youth services

  • Exploring the world and work of libraries

The Teen Reading Ambassadors (TRA) Page position will be assigned to one of NYPL’s 20 drop-in after-school homework help and enrichment programs at local branch libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. TRA Pages will be provided with pre-work and ongoing training that will allow them to serve as high-quality academic tutors at their site, with a focus on developing literacy skills and a love of reading in children ages 6–12. Pages will also support the production of Portal, a literary magazine for younger children. 

Position hours are scheduled through June 16, 2022. Those hours include:

  • 10 hours of training

  • 6-7 hours per week at the assigned branch (working either Mon/Wed or Tues/Wed for 3-3.5 hours each day from approximately 3 to 6:30PM)

  • 1 week of magazine production camp during Spring Recess (optional)

  • Special events and opportunities

Most hours will be scheduled after 3 PM on weekdays. A few weekend events will be scheduled. TRA Pages will not work during regularly scheduled DOE breaks or holidays, except for Spring Recess (as noted above). A program calendar will be provided during the interview process. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the set-up and cleanup of after-school program 

  • Help students with their homework

  • Serve as a literacy tutor to children ages 6–12

  • Develop and lead literacy-focused enrichment activities

  • Participate in trainings and meetings to develop best practices in tutoring, with a focus on literacy

  • Support programs conducted by the Children’s Librarian and other key staff 

  • Be role models for elementary school children and model exemplary behavior 

  • Collaborate and work with the Lead Tutor, other Tutors, and/or other Teen Reading Ambassador Pages to create an enriching and fun environment for children

  • Support the production of the Teen Reading Ambassadors’ literary magazine, Portal

Skills Knowledge & Expertise

  • Current enrollment in 10th–12th grade in an NYC high school

  • Proper employment certificate for minors under 18 as required by NYS law 

  • Demonstrated interest in and/or experience working with children

  • Interest in reading, writing, and/or libraries

  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse group of people

  • Demonstrated reliability and punctuality

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Hardworking and willing to be flexible 

  • Able to communicate through email and other electronic formats in a timely manner

  • Demonstrated integrity

  • Basic computer skills, including email, internet, and word processing


Absent a qualifying exception for medical or religious reasons, newly hired employees of the New York Public Library must present proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination and may not begin employment at the Library until 14 days after their receipt of their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Newly hired employees who need additional time to receive their vaccination prior to their start date may request an adjournment of their start date with their hiring manager.  The Library will consider such requests on a case by case basis, depending upon the Library’s operational needs, among other factors.  The Library will further consider exemptions for prospective employees who cannot become vaccinated due to a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice.  Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment and who seek a medical or religious exemption to the Library’s vaccination policy will be provided with additional instructions at the time of the conditional offer.

Core Values

  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues

  • Be Resourceful in solving problems

  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

Physical Duties

  • Limited physical effort is required

  • May require travel within NYC

7 hours per week; scheduled for 3.5 hours each day on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with additional orientation, training, and special opportunity hours to be scheduled

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