Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new Children's Librarian.

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library, with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play in the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family generously funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to honor his memory, through a two-year, full-salaried position for a recent Master in Library Science graduate who possesses:

  • Exemplary scholarship
  • A passion for working with children and for the development of literacy
  • Significant leadership promise
  • Strong personal qualities
  • A penchant for technology
Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
Harold W. McGraw, Jr.

Selection Process

The Fellowship will be open to LIS graduates from an accredited Library School in the United States or Canada who will have received his or her diploma between September 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020.

Applications will be due March 4, 2020. After initial screening, interviews for finalists will be held at a mutually convenient time and place, and the finalist will be invited to visit Darien Library for a meeting with the Fellowship Committee prior to appointment.


The successful applicant will be employed at Darien Library for two years, commencing approximately July 1, 2020, with a final employment date of June 30, 2022.


The Fellow will be paid $60,000 with full benefits, paid membership in CLA and ALA, and funding for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Meeting and other meetings as appropriate.

Position Parameters

The Fellow will work as a member of the Children's Services team, providing reference and readers’ advisory services in addition to creating and conducting programs for children and families. The Fellow will be given specific, defined, high-stakes projects and responsibilities that will be determined by the candidate's skills and interests. The Fellowship will provide experience, growth, and challenges in the following areas:

  • Children's materials collection development
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Outreach to defined areas of the community
  • Continuing education and professional development
  • Access to the latest technology

This Fellowship is an opportunity to work on significant projects and gain experience in close coordination with a strong staff.

Application Process

All applications should include the following:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Two essays: In up to 100 words, tell us "One thing I know for sure." In up to 500 words, tell us "Why I will make a difference at Darien Library."
  • A video of no more than two minutes, in which you tell us which is your favorite children’s book and convince us to read it. Video submitted via an online link. Video can be emailed to fellowship@darienlibrary.org.
  • 3 References, attesting to your love of children, passion for literacy, and penchant for technology. References may be sent separately.
  • Official Graduate School Transcript
  • Official Undergraduate School Transcript
  • Application Checklist (Download PDF)

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 4, 2020 and should be delivered to:

Darien Library
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship
Attn: Cathy McLachlan
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820

Late applications will not be considered.

Queries can be addressed to fellowship@darienlibrary.org.


Applications will be reviewed immediately, all respondents will be advised of our decision by March 11, 2020, and first round Skype interviews will be held in March. Final interviews will be completed in April 2020. The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellow will be selected and notified by May 1, 2020, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020.

Applications due by 5 p.m. on March 4, 2020.

Past Fellows

Catherine Stricklan

Catherine Stricklan,

"My primary focus has been improving and increasing circulating children’s technology and refining the TEA room offerings. I have introduced Launchpads and new TEA kits to the library, and look forward to launching TEA kit Jr this winter—a new TEA Kit line for kids aged 4 to 7."

Now: Current Fellow

Tori Ogawa

Tori Ogawa, 2016-2018

"My primary focus was integrating family activities with emerging technology. I accomplished this with the creation of new circulating technology like the Elementary iPads and the TEA kits."

Now: Youth Services Librarian at a Public Library

Lisa Nowlain

Lisa Nowlain, 2014-2016

"My primary focus as a Fellow was bringing together my passion for art and creativity with librarianship. This manifested in programming, graphic design, marketing, and improving the spaces in the Children's Library."

Now: Librarian at a Community College

Krishna Grady

Krishna Grady, 2012-2014

"My primary focus was just general Children’s Librarianship. One of my projects was making a video for the 100 before One kits that would tie into Early Literacy education for parents and caregivers."

Now: Assistant Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library

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