TEENS: Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Stratford Library! The Summer 2023 application period has closed. If you submitted an application, you can expect to be contacted by Volunteer Program Coordinators Chris and Teresa shortly. If you have any questions, email teenvolunteer(at)stratfordlibrary.org or call the Teen Desk at 203.385.4167.
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 while giving back!
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 and programs, craft preparations, organizing supplies, reading 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. For those seeking an accommodation for health/family reasons, off-site virtual volunteering is available on a limited basis based on current Library needs. Children’s Department volunteers agree to follow all Library safety requirements, the Library Patron Code of Conduct, and volunteer training guidelines.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Caitlin Augusta at 203.385.4165 or childrens(at)stratfordlibrary.org.
Teen Department Volunteer Program
Teens entering grades 8 through freshman year of college may apply. Volunteer activities include (but aren’t limited to): assembling Grab ‘n’ Go Kits, shelving DVDs, shelf reading, staffing the Teen Department’s craft tables, and assisting with on-site Teen Department events and activities. Volunteers can also expect to assist with moderating the Library’s just-for-teens Discord server. Note: Volunteers in the Teen Department Volunteer Program communicate regularly via a separate, volunteers-only Discord group chat.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Teresa Neville at 203.385.4167 or tneville(at)stratfordlibrary.org.
uCreate Volunteer Program
Teens entering grades 8 through freshman year of college may apply. uCreate volunteer activities include (but aren’t limited to): working in the Library’s makerspace, the uCreate Space; assisting with recurring uCreate events (like 3D Printing for Beginners and Video Game Club) as well as all-ages STEAM-themed activities; working in the Library’s multimedia lab, The Studio (to complete digitization projects); and assisting with virtual activities. Note: uCreate volunteers communicate regularly via a volunteers-only Discord server. *No prior technology experience required to apply.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Chris Bacchiocchi at 203.385.4163 or ucreate(at)stratfordlibrary.org.
Thanks for your interest but volunteer opportunities for adults are not available at this time. Please check back in the future!