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Teen Program and Events

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 sign up to volunteer and help at the Library throughout the school year!

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

Wii U Gaming Afternoons!

Fridays, September 6 - December 27, 3:30 - 5 in the Activity Room

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Love to play video games at the Library? During the school year, drop by each Friday afternoon to try out our games with your friends.

Generously funded by the Rotary Club of Groton -- thank you!!

Young Engineer's Club: December Field Trip!

Tuesday, December 10, 4:30 at ThayerMahan

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The Young Engineers' Club (YEC) is an exciting program hosted by the Mystic & Noank Library that provides an opportunity for tweens/teens, ages 10 and up to become technology creators! 

YEC meets one session each month to work on different projects!  Members of our Young Engineers' Club are invited to join the Bill Memorial's Coding Club for a field trip to the office of ThayerMahan, located at 120B Leonard Drive. Groton (near the airport). They make and operate submersible autonomous technology (underwater robots!). We will also meet some of the engineers to talk about careers in the technology field. It's an amazing tour! If interested, please contact Roberta at Parents can drop off and pick up at this location.

Eager students cover new topics monthly and have studied the basics of computer networks, how the Internet works, and how to serve your own webpage using HTML/CSS and serve it to other students in the class using a NodeJS web server.  They have also learned what electricity is, Ohm's law, basic electronic components, schematic design, circuit board design, soldering, 3D modeling/printing, and the basics of C programming. 

This exciting initiative for youth aged 10+ is FREE! Class size is limited. 

Generously funded by the Sidney Gross Memorial Fund--thank you!

College Readiness Series: Acing the College Interview: Mock Interview Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 6:00 - 7:30 in the Ames Room

Ben Brown, Associate Director of Admission at Connecticut College, and five Senior Admission Fellows will present a presentation/panel on college interviews. The Senior Admission Fellows are Conn seniors who have been selected and rigorously trained to conduct interviews of prospective students  Following the presentation, they will conduct 15 minute mock interviews which will include 10 minutes of discussions/questions and 5 minutes of feedback with the high school students who attend the event.

Cartooning Workshop with Jerry Craft

Saturday, April 11, 2:30 - 3:30 in the Ames Room

Join us for a cartooning workshop with nationally syndicated cartoonist and author Jerry Craft! Learn the tricks and techniques of cartooning from a pro, as Jerry demonstrates his own style step by step, and helps you develop your own cartoons.  Jerry is a great teacher and he loves sharing his knowledge with kids! Registration is required. Sign-up here!

Summer Reading Recommendations

2019 Fitch High School Summer Reading

2019 Fitch High School Summer Reading Blog

2019 Fitch High School Summer Reading Assignment Grades 9 - 12

2019 Stonington High School Summer Reading Recommendations Grades 9 - 12

2019 Stonington High School Summer Academics Grades 9 - 12

2019 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Grades 9 - 12

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. 

Middle School 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.

2019 Winner:

The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo

HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Acevedo transforms everyday language into transcendent imagery in this novel-in-verse about Xiomara, who struggles to come into her own power amid her restrictive upbringing. Over the course of these lyrical, expressive, and honest poems, she grows from speaking with her fists to embracing her identity as the Poet X.

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.

2019 Winner:

Darius the Great Is Not Okay written by Adib Khorram, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House

Marked by depression and high-school unpleasantness, Darius’ lackluster existence takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Iran to meet his grandparents for the first time. There, a meaningful friendship opens up new possibilities to Darius, whose sensitive soul-searching will resonate with many teens.

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.

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

Practice Tests

Connecticut DMV Permit Practice Tests