We Are Hiring!!!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at a public library?

Now is your chance to find out!

 Look below for more information about our open position and how to join our library team.

Full Time Position For:

Adult and Teen Program / Activities Coordinator

Mercer County Public Library has an opening for a highly creative, energetic, self-motivated person with a strong interest in offering outstanding programs to adults and teens in our community that meet their needs for lifelong learning and entertainment. 

QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE:  Minimum education requirement:  Bachelor’s degree preferred; strong technology skills. Experience in the fields of teaching, public library work, event planning, or related field.


PAY RATE:  Hourly - $15; 40 hour week, with some weekend and evening hours.

BENEFITS:  Health insurance, retirement, vacation, and sick leave.

Job Description:

Brief Description

This position centers on developing programs and outreach for adults and teens ( students in grades 9-12). The scope of programming includes all facets of planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for adults and teens. Some programming responsibilities of the Adult Programmer will include multi-age levels as the Adult Programmer works with the Children’s Librarian and the Director in planning for a well-rounded offering of programs to inform, teach, and entertain all age groups.

The Adult Programmer needs to be creative, innovative, high-energy, excited about how programming enhances library services, and willing to go the extra mile to make adult and teen programming vital to our library and our community.


  1. Plan, advertise, implement, present and/or facilitate programs for adults. Continue existing programs and develop new ones as opportunities are available.

  2. Make a strong effort to produce program advertisements that are eye-catching, appealing and well designed. Use many different media sources for advertisement depending on the need of the program and/or audience. Seek additional training, if needed.

  3. Continually evaluate the needs of the community in order to provide programs that can meet those needs.

  4. Establish outreach or collaborative opportunities with other community agencies as appropriate to library goals.

  5. Work with the Director and other staff members to coordinate multi-age level events, such as Chautauqua performances, etc.

  6. Develop a plan to attract high school students (grades 9-12) through library programs.

  7. Serve as a liaison between local high school faculty, students and the library to foster use of our collections and other services that would assist them in their goals.

  8. Work with other staff members to coordinate in-house displays related to program topics.

  9. Administer the Adult Programming budget, keeping accurate records of expenses and expenditures within budget allocations.

  10. Seek grant opportunities for programming, etc.

  11. Work to obtain the Enhanced level of the Kentucky Public Library Standards, 6th Edition as related to programming.

  12. Serve as a positive representative of our library to the community.

  13. Keep KY Public Library Certification up to date and renewed appropriately.

  14. Work the Circulation Desk as scheduled.

  15. Be a TEAM player, willing to pitch in to assist other staff members when possible and perform any manner of tasks related to the library and its services.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is preferred in an area related to library services.

  • Previous public library work experience preferred.

  • Have Kentucky Public Library Certification or willing to obtain within 5 years of employment.

  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems (ILS), particularly Book System’s “Atriuum”.

  • High level of computer skills that includes the use of the Internet, and various software programs such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and other graphic design programs.

  • Creative, innovative thinker.

  • Ability to organize and execute educational programs, meetings.

  • Able to work independently, set priorities, manage multiple projects, and budget responsibility.

  • Demonstrate excellence in written and oral communication.

Physical Demands

  • Sitting and working at a computer for periods of time.

  • Visual acuity to read computer screen as well as titles and spine labels of books on shelves.

  • Dexterity for keyboarding.

  • Reaching above the head, bending, kneeling or crouching to reach high and low objects.

  • Walking to assist patrons; standing for 4-7 hours at Circulation Desk; running errands.

  • Lifting 15-20 pounds of library materials, chairs, etc.; pushing, pulling tables, etc.

  • Handling, manipulating library materials, fingering book pages, forms, etc.

Work Devices

  • Computer, Microfilm Reader/Printer, Typewriter

  • Copier, Scanner, Telephone, Cash Register, Fax Machine, Laminator

  • Cameras, projectors, screens, sound systems, etc.

Further Requirements

  • Report to the Library Director.

  • Work a full time week from 37 to 40 hours, as scheduled. This will include at least one Saturday per four week schedule, as well as some evening hours relating to programs. Library schedule of open hours will change once the threat of COVID has moderated considerably.

Ready to Apply?

Click on the links below to either apply on line or sumbit an application in person or by mail.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with our employment procedure.

If you do not want to apply online, please do the following.
Submit/Mail application, résumé with cover letter to Robin Ison, Director.
109 West Lexington Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.
Applications and résumés accepted until
January 17, 2022 at 5:00pm.
Application packets are available at the library.

Employment Procedure

Job Application

Adult / Teen Programmer Job Description