Teens

Welcome to the Stratford Library Teen Page!

  • This Week in Teen!

    American Sign Language 101
    Learn the basics of ASL! Teen volunteer instructor Emily will cover the alphabet along with current conversational symbols & phrases. Practice your skills with other interested teens too.  Register for the Zoom invite. Grades 5-12.
    Aug 6  & 20  | 4:30-5pm | Zoom

    Grab ‘n’ Go Kit: Rock Candy Chemistry Online
    Teens & Tweens: Try your hand at making rock candy & discover the sweet chemistry of crystallization! Each kit includes the basic ingredients you’ll need as well as a mini science lesson. Please note: There is no Zoom meetup for this activity. If you’d like to share how your rock candy turned out (we hope you will!), snap & post a pic and tag us (@stratfordlib) on Instagram or Twitter. For grades 5-12. Register here.
    Aug 7  |  All Day Event
     
    *The first 15 registrants will receive either a call or an email from the Teen Dept. to schedule a Grab ‘n’ Go pickup time. Registration for a kit starts on July 24th. While supplies last.

    QuaranTween Scavenger Hunt Online
    Slip on your sneakers & get ready to race…inside! We’ve gathered a list of household items we challenge you to find & retrieve for points. The tween/teen with the most points in the end will win a prize! Grades 5-8.
    Aug 10  |  4-4:45 pm  |  Zoom  This program will be held on Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

    Tween Build It! Challenge Online
    Pick up a kit & build the mystery challenge with the supplies you’re given &/or use materials you have at home. Be creative & have fun! Meet upon Zoom to show off your creation! 
    This program will be held on Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting linkThis program includes a Grab ‘n’ Go kit. The first 15 registrants will receive either a call or an email from the Teen Dept. to schedule a Grab ‘n’ Go pick-up time slot. You can register for a kit 2 weeks before the program date starting on July 28. While supplies last. A supply list & instructions will be available to everyone. Once we run out of kits, you are still welcome to join the Zoom meeting, but you will need to provide your own supplies. Grades 5-8.
    Aug 11  |  3-4 pm  |  Zoom  |  Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Game Chat
    Hop on our Teen Discord Server & join us in the gaming channel to share what games you’re currently playing, get rec’s from others, post your favorite gaming memes, & make new friends! Register & we’ll email you a link to join the Teen Discord Server. Grades 6-13.
    Aug 4 | 7-7:30pm | Teen Discord Server

    Friendship Bracelet: Grab ‘n’ Go
    Sign up for a Friendship Bracelet: Grab ‘n’ Go kit to help beat back the quarantine blues! Work on the kit alone or with a sibling/friend & explore your creativity. Please note: There is no Zoom meet up for this program. If you’d like to share your finished creation with us, snap a photo & tag us (@stratfordlib) on Instagram using the hashtag: #boredombuster.
    This program includes a Grab ‘n’ Go kit. The first 24 registrants will receive either a call or an email from the Teen Dept. to schedule a Grab ‘n’ Go pick-up time. Registration for a kit starts on August 3rd. While supplies last. Grades 6-12.
    Aug 8  |  All Day Event

    Dungeons & Dragons Club Online
    You’re invited on a daring journey through… well, you’ll just have to join our Teen Discord server to find out what Dungeon Master Ethan has in store for you! Newbies to the world of role-playing are welcome. Returning D&D adventurers: We have digital copies of your character sheets; email us at ucreate@stratfordlibrary.org and we’ll send them to you. For grades 6-13. Register and we’ll email you instructions for joining Discord (if you haven’t already!).
    *Access to a computer/laptop, smartphone, or tablet is required.
    Aug 8  |  11 am-12 pm  |  Teen Discord Server  | Register and we’ll email you instructions for joining Discord Date:

    Digital Art Lab Online
    Teens: Join teen uCreate volunteer Kelly to learn basic drawing techniques and discover how to use the Library’s Wacom digital drawing tablet. Register to reserve a drawing Grab ‘n’ Go kit starting 2 weeks before the event (starting date: July 27). The first 20 registrants will be called & scheduled for a Grab ‘n’ Go pick-up time slot. Then, join us at 7 pm on 8/10 for a draw-along on Zoom*.
    For grades 6 – freshman year of college.
    Aug 10  |  7-8 pm  |  Zoom  Event URL will be sent via registration email.
    *A Zoom meeting link and password will be emailed to you prior to the start of the event.
    Made possible by a Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families MONEY Grant.

    Pop-Up Summer Challenge #5 Online
    Complete fun bi-monthly challenges through our Teen Discord Server all summer long to be entered into our $10 gift card prizes drawings!
    Drop-in any time during the two week window to participate; each challenge will be simple, easy, & virtual. AND depending on the challenge, you might be able to submit multiple entries! If you’re already a member of our Teen Discord Server, hop on over to the Pop-Up Challenge channel & post your entry. If you’re not yet a member, email:slateen@stratfordlibrary.org & we’ll send you the Discord invite link. Once you’ve made a free account (if you don’t already have one) & joined our server, you’ll gain access to our challenge & so much more.
    Our Pop-Up Summer Challenge #5 will be posted from August 11th to August 24th. We’ll post the winner & our next summer challenge on August 25th so be sure to check Discord regularly. Open to grades 6-13 only.
    Aug 11  |  All Day  |  Teen Discord Server  Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Teen Book Buzz
    Hear about the latest & greatest teen books, share what you’re reading, & special bonus: we’ll curate & ship attendees a special assortment of ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) to their house to add to their personal book collection. No need to return—they’re yours to keep forever. This program will be held on Zoom.
    Grades 6-13.
    Aug 12  |  3-3:30  | Please register to receive the Zoom Meeting ID
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    uCreate: Video Game Club Online
    Teens: Join us all summer long for themed video game nights! Vote for tonight’s theme on the Library’s Instagram prior to the event. For gamers in grades 6-13. All skill levels welcome! Register and we’ll email you instructions for participating in each night’s event and for joining our just-for-teens Discord server.
    Aug 13  |  7-8 pm  |  Teen Discord Server

    Teen Book Bag #3: Scythe Online
    We’ve curated three book bags—one for each month of summer—of awesome reads sure to shake off the reading blues. Read the book on your own & then join us on Zoom at the end of the month to share your thoughts! Didn’t get a chance to finish reading? Not to worry—still join us for a fun chat! Can’t make it to be meeting but still would like a book bag? Then be sure to register to snag a spot. Each bag contains a copy of the book we’re discussing, a snack, drink, & small gift that is yours to keep—forever! And if you miss out on our final Teen Book Bag of the summer, you can still join our last meet up by checking out a print or digital copy of the title with your library card.
    This month’s Teen Book Bag pick is: Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
    The program includes a Grab ‘n’ Go kit. Only the first 20 registrants will receive either a call or an email from the Teen Dept. to schedule a Grab ‘n’ Go pick-up time. You can register for a kit 2 weeks before the program date starting on: July 31st. While supplies last.
    Aug 14  |  3-4 pm  |  Grades 7-12.  |  Online (Event URL will be sent via registration email.)

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  • Gaming, Chat, Sign Language, Zines & Rock Candy

    Video Game Club
    Join us all summer long for themed video game nights featuring Fortnite, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, & other fun games. Register each week & we’ll email you instructions for participating & for joining our Teen Discord Server. Grades 6-13.
    Jul 30 | 7-8pm | Online & Teen Discord Server

     

     

    American Sign Language 101
    Learn the basics of ASL! Teen volunteer instructor Emily will cover the alphabet along with current conversational symbols & phrases. Practice your skills with other interested teens too.  Register for the Zoom invite. Grades 5-12.
    Jul 30 & Aug 6 | 4:30-5pm | Zoom

     

     

    DIY Zine Workshop: Grab ‘n’ Go
    Learn how to make your very own zine, a mini book or magazine for self expression. We’ll chat on Zoom & work on our zines in a casual atmosphere. Register to reserve a kit starting 2 weeks before the event (starting July 21). The first 15 registrants will be called & scheduled for a Grab ‘n’ Go pick up time slot. Grades 5-12.
    Aug 4  |   4-5pm | Zoom

     

    Game Chat
    Hop on our Teen Discord Server & join us in the gaming channel to share what games you’re currently playing, get rec’s from others, post your favorite gaming memes, & make new friends! Register & we’ll email you a link to join the Teen Discord Server. Grades 6-13.
    Aug 4 | 7-7:30pm | Teen Discord Server

     

    Rock Candy Chemistry: Grab ‘n’ Go
    Try your hand at making rock candy & discover the sweet chemistry of crystallization! Register to reserve a kit starting 2 weeks before the event (starting July 20). The first 15 registrants will be called & scheduled for a Grab ‘n’ Go pick up time slot. Grades 5-12.
    Aug 7  3-3:30pm | Zoom

     

    AND…There is still time to join Summer Reading!  Log your minutes and you’re entered for our Weekly Drawings & Grand Prize drawings coming soon!
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    and register for your chance to WIN!

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