Thanks for your interest in volunteering! The spring application period for the Teen Dept. Volunteer Program and the uCreate Volunteer Program has closed but check back in the spring for new volunteer opportunities.
Stratford Library offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Teen volunteers earn community service hours (which can fulfill school, church, and/or civic group service requirements), learn valuable job skills, develop a strong sense of responsibility, and build their resumes. Our Teen Volunteer Programs (see individual descriptions below) are also a great way for teens to make new friends!
Children’s Department Volunteer Program
The Stratford Library Children’s Department accepts students entering grades 8 to 12 to assist with Children’s Department activities, craft preparations, homework tutoring, and grab ‘n’ go pickups. Teens must be self-motivated, responsible, and should enjoy working with children. Attention to detail, organizational skills, and arts and crafts/measuring/spatial skills are very useful. Application and training are required. Off-site virtual volunteering is also available. Volunteers agree to follow all Library safety requirements, the Library Patron Code of Conduct, and the volunteer training guidelines. Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Caitlin Augusta at 203.385.4165 or childrens(at)stratfordlibrary.org for more information.
Teen Department Volunteer Program
Teens in grades 8 through freshman year of college may apply. On-site volunteer activities include (but aren’t limited to): assembling Teen Dept. Grab ‘n’ Go Kits, shelving DVDs, shelf reading, and assisting with on-site Teen Dept. programs. At-home volunteer opportunities include assisting with virtual Teen Dept. programs and helping to moderate the Library’s Teen Discord server. Teen volunteers in this program communicate regularly via a volunteers-only GroupMe group chat. Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Teresa Neville at 203.385.4167 or tneville(at)stratfordlibrary.org for more information.
uCreate Volunteer Program
Teens in grades 8 through freshman year of college may apply. uCreate volunteers have the option to: work in the Library’s makerspace, the uCreate Space; work in the Library’s multimedia lab, The Studio; assist with on-site STEAM-themed activities for varying age groups; and/or assist with virtual activities (e.g. Video Game Club Online). Opportunities to earn volunteer hours from home are also available. uCreate volunteers communicate regularly via a volunteers-only Discord server. Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Chris Bacchiocchi at 203.385.4167 or ucreate(at)stratfordlibrary.org for more information.
Questions about volunteer opportunities for teens? Contact the volunteer program coordinators at teenvolunteer(at)stratfordlibrary.org.
Thanks for your interest but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, volunteer opportunities for adults are not available at this time. Please check back in the future!