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Nashville Public Library Foundation

Bringing Books to Life Outreach Assistant

Nashville Public Library Foundation


Job Summary

Bringing Books to Life! (BBTL) is an award-winning literacy outreach initiative created by Nashville Public Library in collaboration with various agencies and institutions to serve the families and children of Nashville.  The program utilizes the Library’s unique troupe of performing artists and historic collection of marionettes to foster reading readiness through literature-based theatre presentations, classroom lessons, and family literacy workshops. BBTL, sponsored by the Nashville Public Library Foundation, seeks to make the library a meaningful part of the lives of children and their families and emphasize the importance of reading to children.

Outreach Assistant:  This is a part-time (20 hours/week) position for a candidate who possesses, preferably, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in early childhood development/education, experience working with young children and families. Bilingual language skills are a plus. Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Outreach Assistant will participate in the preparation for and delivery of all program activities, especially story times and teacher workshops. This position will also be responsible for tracking program statistics, evaluation and preparing monthly reports. Candidate will be expected to travel throughout Davidson County. Position offers a flexible schedule with regular evening and weekend hours required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Preparing materials for program activities
  • Conducting outreach story times for children, in-person or virtually as scheduled
  • Leading teacher workshops and other outreach programs, such as parent workshops, in-person or virtually as needed
  • Tracking program statistics and preparing reports for grants
  • Using Microsoft Excel to analyze and report data
  • Preparing departmental newsletters
  • Other duties as assigned


Required qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of children’s literature and early literacy skills
  • Experience working with young children and/or families in a group setting
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred knowledge/skills/abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development/education or related field
  • Full fluency in English and Spanish or Arabic
  • Ability to engage and maintain attention of adults and children using a variety of media including puppets, books, music, and other visual aids
  • Working knowledge of Zoom, WebEx, Teams or other video conferencing platforms
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for library services and mission
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with library staff and staff from local agencies working with young children and families

Additional Information


Flexible work schedule. Mileage is reimbursed at the current IRS rate.

How to Apply

Send cover letter of interest and resume to marie.preptit@nashville.govDeadline to apply is April 23, 2021. 



  • Date Posted: April 9, 2021
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 17 per hour
  • Working Hours: 20 hrs/week