Darien Library (CT) seeks a dynamic, community-minded Adult Programmer. The ideal candidate is highly collaborative, creative, and flexible while dedicated to providing exciting programming and book groups for patrons. This opportunity is perfect for a forward-thinking professional who is enthusiastic about the breadth of library programming.

Reporting to the Head of Adult Programming, the Adult Programming Librarian co-Manages the programming calendar, helping to support and implement over 550 innovative public programs annually for adults. The Adult Programming Department works to position Darien Library as a vibrant hub of intellectual and creative activity, with a wide range of lectures, performances, hands-on workshops, town-wide events, and out-of-the-box library programs for adults. The Adult Programmer also works with the Book Group Coordinator to provide bespoke service to over 110 registered book groups.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans, designs, and produces public programs aimed at a wide audience, identifying opportunities based on current trends and innovations
  • Manages adult programming calendar of events on library website
  • Writes press releases, creates email blasts, and generates marketing materials
  • With the Book Group Coordinator, provides book recommendations and programming for Book Groups
  • Co-manages Book Group Communication and Reservation Calendar
  • Provides direct assistance and support to Library patrons during Library programs
  • Collaborates closely across departments
  • Represent the Adult Programming Department on public service desks, in the community, and in professional librarian networks
  • Connects with community members to ensure programs reflect community interests
  • Assumes in-charge responsibilities of the building and staff when designated
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Qualifications & Skills

  • Experience coordinating and developing programs for adults in libraries, museums, or art institutions required
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form. The successful candidate will have excellent public speaking abilities
  • Skilled at working with diverse audiences
  • Engaged in and inspired by current events, literature, and the arts
  • Actively involved in the wider profession
  • Proficient in using technology including Outlook, Microsoft Office Suite, and social media platforms. Ability to troubleshoot problems as necessary. Excited by new technology.
  • Bilingual applicants preferred


This is a full-time position that will include weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Requires flexible schedule to support programming needs.


$57,000 – 60,000 annually, and is commensurate with experience. Salary includes generous vacation, sick, and personal leave. Ample opportunities for professional development available. Health benefits and town pension are included with this position.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and a copy of your resume to Pat Sheary, Head of Adult Programming, psheary@darienlibrary.org. Applications are due by Monday, July 6th.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Darien Library observes and promotes a policy of equal employment opportunity for all. This means that the Darien Library recruits, hires, trains, and promotes all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, martial status, political belief, physical disability or any other improper or illegal criteria. All employment decisions are based on legitimate employment-related criteria such as, skills, abilities, attitude and contribution to the Darien Library so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.

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