About

Welcome to the Oxford Public Library’s teen blog! Here you can find info about upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities, and new additions to our Young Adult collection!

We want to make sure the library is a safe and happy place where you can be yourselves. Please always feel free to reach out to me (Robyn) if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns about the library.  You can reach me by phone at 203-888-6944 (ext. 5) or by email (preferred) at rrivero@oxfordlib.org.

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer at the Oxford Library, simply call or email with your availability. Volunteer hours are available Tuesday – Saturdays. Due to the large number of volunteers we have, we limit volunteers to 1-2 hours per week. Some of the tasks volunteers typically handle include…

Shelf reading – choosing a shelf and making sure all books are in alphabetical order

Identifying needed repairs – looking for books that are in less-than-perfect condition and either repairing them (for simple damage) or collecting them for a staff member to repair/replace (extensive damage)

Collection development – helping to choose what books, movies, games, etc should be added to the library’s collection

Visiting After School

Being in closer proximity to Oxford’s schools has allowed us to improve our collections and services for teens in our community. To find out about walking over from Great Oak after school, please contact Great Oak Middle School. Please note that anyone under the age of 12 must have an adult accompany them at the library.

To make sure there is a good balance of independence for our teens and respect to our other patrons, we ask that all visitors keep the following rules in mind…

1) If you’re in the public space, pretend you’re in a classroom during a test. There are people doing work, school work, applying for jobs, making interviews, and tons of other things. So make sure you’re giving all of those people the respect and quiet they need.

2) Please clean up.  If you need to store your things somewhere, make sure they are in a safe place out of the way. If you’re using the program room or the meeting room, when you leave, it should look exactly the way it did when you arrived.

3) Make sure your grown up always knows where you are.

4) Keep “the echo” in mind. Even if you’re in the meeting room with the door closed, voices carry all the way over to the adult section.