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Teen Volunteers, we need you!

Interested in getting involved?

During the school 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 and return it to the Children's Room. Students who have completed the sixth grade can help!

If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Youth Services at  or call the library at (860) 536-7721.

College Readiness Series

Various Mondays at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room

Tackling the College Application Essay
Monday, August 13 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Ben Brown, 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 22 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
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 5 at 6:30 pm in the Ames Room
Laurie Saunders, Senior Admissions Officer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus

This 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.  

Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards

Nutmeg Children's Book Award logo.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. 

Teen Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 7 - 8)

High School Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 9 - 12)


Book Awards

Young Adult Library Services Association logo.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 Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Starr Carter has learned to live in two worlds, managing her life as a prep-school student by day while returning each night to the low-income neighborhood she calls home. After witnessing the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil by a police officer, these two worlds collide, and Starr must decide what risks she is willing to take to pursue justice.

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.

School Summer Reading Information 2018

Assignments and Lists

Graphic of a book and guitars, read on!

2018 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Lists and Assignments

2018 Groton Public School Summer Reading Suggestions

2018 Fitch High School Summer Reading Assignments and Summer Reading Page

2018 Stonington High School Summer Reading Recommendations

2018 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists

College Readiness

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.

Helpful Websites

Fitch High School Guidance Department
Stonington High School Guidance Department
Undergraduate Writing Guide

Test Prep

The College Board
The Princeton Review

Applying to College

The Common Application
College Confidential
College Prowler
Campus Virtual Tours
College Search Site
Test Optional Schools

Scholarships and Financial Aid

“Weird” Scholarships
Financial Aid
Federal Student Aid
Student Loan Guide