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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:email@example.com & 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.
Aug 12 | 3-3:30 | Please register to receive the Zoom Meeting ID.
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.)