Literacy Projects Assistant

Literacy Projects Assistant

Building on a robust local history and genealogy collection, the Brantford Public Library ( embraces the concept of living history through a progressive memoir writing program called Lifescapes. Lifescapes was introduced to Brantford twelve years ago, to help seniors in the community tell their life stories, to develop skills as writers and storytellers, and to contribute to a larger local history community project. Over the years BPL has also been committed to children’s literacy through the TD Summer Reading Club program.

The Literacy Projects Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about, execute, and improve both of these programs. The student will work with Lifescapes participants and Summer Reading Club children, and develop an activity to get children involved in Lifescapes.

It is anticipated that this position will be available May 10, 2021 and be completed in August 27, 2021, however these dates are subject to change.

Reports to: Manager, Programming and Partnerships
Salary: $16.47/hour
Hours of Work: Maximum of 35 hours per week and may include evenings, Saturdays and Sundays


  • Enrolled in English or Creative Writing program (relevant experience and enrollment in other programs will be considered)
  • Returning to full time academic program in Fall 2021 required
  • Strong communication and reading skills required
  • Interest and experience working with children and seniors
  • Availability for entire period of contract
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to function well in a busy environment and work with minimal supervision
  • Intermediate computer skills and ability to learn new software

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review programs’ goals and objectives and liaise with staff, participants, and parents
  • Register children in the Summer Reading Club program
  • Plan and facilitate Lifescapes literacy activities
  • Participate in daily meetings with staff and supervisor
  • Meet with Lifescapes participants and discuss and edit their pieces for submission
  • Prepare and maintain materials and staff the Summer Reading Club desk
  • Format and prepare Lifescapes anthology for printing
  • Develop activity to incorporate children’s life stories in Lifescapes anthology
  • Maintain participation statistics and prepare reports at the end of summer
  • Other duties consistent with job responsibilities

A valid Ontario Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.
Vulnerable Sector Police Check required.
Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Please reply in confidence no later than Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Zile Ozols, Manager – Programming and Partnerships
Brantford Public Library
173 Colborne Street
Brantford, ON N3T 2G8
Fax: (519) 756-4979

Brantford Public Library is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their required accommodations known in advance.