Teen Volunteers, we need you!
Interested in getting involved?
Throughout the year, the library offers a variety of fun and worthwhile volunteer opportunities for students in grades 6 to 12. Be sure to fill out a Volunteer Application. When there is a need for help, we will contact you.
If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Youth Services at email@example.com or call the library at (860) 536-7721.
Scratch Programming Club
Saturdays at 10:00 am. This weekly club is for kids interested in learning fun and interactive Scratch programming! Participants will have the opportunity to create virtual games, music videos, art projects and more - all of their own digital design! Children ages 10 and up are welcome.
School Reading Lists
Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards
The Nutmeg Book Awards encourage children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.
College Readiness Series
Tackling the College Application Essay
Monday, July 17 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
With Emily Fry, Associate Director of Admission, Connecticut College and Holly Bogo, Assistant Director of Admission, Connecticut College
It’s a little-known fact that even the students who absolutely love to write struggle with the application essay. So if you’ve been biting your nails or tearing your hair out even a little, you’re not alone. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. This session will be led by current admission officers and will offer insight into how essays are reviewed and tips for writing your own personal narrative for the college application process.
How to Pay for College
Monday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
With W. Tom Polowy, MS Financial Advisor, Valark Financial Services
Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime’s biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, College Funding Advisor W. Tom Polowy, MS will speak to parents about how the financial aid system works, and strategies you can use today to help make college affordable.
Please join us and learn:
• How the financial aid system works
• The primary sources of college funds
• What to expect with education loans
• Ideas for maximizing your funds
• Creative strategies for funding college costs
• Understanding College savings and investment plans
• Current market outlook and where to invest for college
Tom is a fully insured and licensed financial advisor, specializing in college funding. He presents at financial aid nights for schools and communities in the greater Hartford area.
At Valark Financial Services, Tom focuses on the college funding to retirement transition, providing college funding consulting, retirement planning, and investment management. He is considered one of the area’s foremost authorities on college funding.
From Stress to Success
Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus
From Stress to Success is a presentation where students and their parents learn how to begin the process, make a college list, narrow down and finalize a list, apply to schools, and then decide on the right fit college.
Throughout the year the Teen Department hosts several programs related to preparing for college for both students and parents. Program topics include how to pay for college and writing the college essay. Please check our events calendar to stay informed about these programs.
Applying to College
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The Young Adult Library Services Association's mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.
The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature: Annually honors the best book written for teens based entirely on literary merit. The 2016 winner is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. See the complete list of winners and honor books.
Teens' Top Ten: A teens’ choice list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year.
Morris Award: Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
The 2017 Winner, The Serpent King written by Jeff Zentner, published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company.
In a small southern town, senior year finds three misfit friends facing the prospect of their separate futures with both hope and dread. Dill fears he will never escape his snake-handling father’s poisonous legacy. However, Lydia, a fashion blogger, and Travis, a fantasy warrior, foresee hopeful futures.
Alex Awards: Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing.