Volunteer Opportunities

TEENS: Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Stratford Library! Our volunteer programs are currently at capacity but please check back in May for new volunteer opportunities.

Stratford Library offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.

For Teens

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.

Fall 2023: The Children’s Department is looking for high school students to tutor children grades K-6. Students should have a B average in math and reading and be proficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, spelling, and writing. Spanish language skills are also helpful but not required. If interested, please contact the Children’s Department directly.

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 occasional virtual events. 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.

Children’s, Teen, and uCreate volunteers helped make Stratford Library’s 125th Birthday Bash a huge success! (Photo taken: July 2022.)

For Adults

2024 Library Board Book Sale

The Stratford Library Board will hold a book sale from May 30 – June 2, 2024. Adult volunteers are needed to sort, clean, and price donations from now until mid-May. Volunteers will also be needed to set up the sale room and then run the sale between May 23 and June 2. If interested in helping, please email Assistant Director Geri Diorio at GDiorio(at)stratfordlibrary.org.

Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm