This year has brought a lot of teens into the library for volunteer opportunities which has been an awesome chance to get to know more of you in the area and get ideas for better teen programs!  If there is ever an idea you have for a meet up, program, or anything else you’d like to hold at the e-mail please just give me a call at 203-888-6944 or email me at rrivero@oxfordlib.org.  We would LOVE to have you!

We have some programs coming up that we’re all super excited about!  I hope you’ll find them interesting too and join us!  Bring a friend or two or seven!  Don’t forget, if you want to do any of the activities just call or email the library and we’ll sign you up 🙂


  • SPECIAL VISITOR – Ghost Hunting 101 – Monday 10/3 5:30PM
    • Have you ever wanted to meet a real Ghost Hunter? Do you want to hear actual recordings of ghosts captured at haunted houses in and around the Connecticut and New York area? Join paranormal investigator Barry Pirro of ConnecticutGhostHunter.com who will share chilling stories from recent investigations, play recordings of real ghosts, and share ghost hunting tips. Questions will be answered and members of the audience will have a chance to share their ghost stories. He visits many libraries and the testimonials will assure you that this lecture is not to be missed! Check out testimonials from other libraries and get more info on Barry and his research at ConnecticutGhostHunter.com
      • This program is for adults and young adults ages 12 and up **Registration Required**
  • Pokémon Club – Tuesday 10/4 4:15PM
    • Whether you play the video games or cards or enjoy the show and movies, come play against or just chat with other friends interested in Pokémon!
      • Registration Required. All Ages Welcome!


  • SPECIAL EVENT! Junior Friends Welcome Meeting! October 11th 4:15pm
    • The Junior Friends of the Oxford Public Library is back for the 2016-2017 session! The Jr. Friends are an important part of how our library runs!  This year the Jr. Friends will be…
    • Helping to choose books to add to the library
    • Planning and hosting a program
    • Writing and posting book reviews
    • Helping with the Friends Book Sale
    • Participating in volunteer days at the libraryAnd much more!  At this meeting we will be introducing ourselves, looking through book catalogs, and planning our first program!
      • Ages 8 – 18 **Registration Required**


  • Teen Book Night/ Teen Read Week Celebration – Thursday 10/13 6:00PM
      • October 9th—15th is teen read week! Come celebrate your love of all things literary at our teen read week party!  There will be bingo, trivia, charades, pizza, and prizes!
      • Grades 7th – 12th **Registration Required**


    • Super Sweet Haunted Houses – Wednesday 10/26 3:30PM
      • We’ll be constructing haunted houses out of candy, crackers, sauces, and more!
        • Grades 7th – 12th **Registration Required**



We’ll be pulling tickets for the teen prizes all summer long!  Below you will find a schedule of what prizes will be presented when, so that you can get your tickets to the prize you’re aiming for!


Monday June 27th: Four reserved seat voucher for a CT Tigers Home Baseball Game (can #7)

Thursday June 30th: A $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble (can #6)

Tuesday July 5th: A free banana split from Country Creamery (can #2)

Thursday July 7th: Four reserved seat voucher for a CT Tigers Home Baseball Game (can #8)

Monday July 11th:  A $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble (can #3)

Thursday July 14th: An inflatable chair (can #9)

Monday July 18th:  Two Passes for One Hour at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park (can #10)

Thursday July 21st: A gift certificate to Phoenix Yoga (can #12)

Monday July 25th:   A free banana split from Country Creamery (can #1)

Thursday July 28th: A drawing pad and oil pastels (can #5)

Monday August 1st:  Two Passes for One Hour at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park (can #11)

Thursday August 4th: $25 Amazon Gift Card (can #4)

All tickets will be pulled between 6 and 7pm and winners will be contacted by phone.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!


We have some amazing prizes for this summer’s reading challenge!

For students entering 7th – 12th grade the prize system works a little differently.  For every hour you read you will receive a ticket which you can put in a can with a number on it.  Each of these cans has a number corresponding with one of our prizes.

Prizes include passes to a trampoline park, tickets to a baseball game, free ice cream sundaes, amazon gift cards, and more!

You can earn even more tickets to enter for prizes by coming to programs, completing mini-challenges, and reading more!

You can sign up for the summer reading challenge from June 15th – July 8th!

Call or visit the library to find out more!

Teen Raffle Display

Summer Kick Off Party

Posted: June 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

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summer kick off giant games

April Teen Programs!

Posted: March 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi guys! Spring is here and I hope you’re all having a blast. Here are some upcoming programs I hope you’ll enjoy.  If you want to come to any just throw me an email at rrivero@oxfordlib.org or call at (203) 888-6944.

 Junior Friends of the Library Planning Meeting – Monday April 4th at 6:00PM and Tuesday April 5th at 4:15PM

  • The Junior Friends group plays an active role in planning programs, fundraisers, and making the library a better place! During April’s meetings we will be working on our upcoming fundraisers! We’ll be creating signs for our upcoming bottle and can drive as well as making some bracelets to raise money to sponsor programs for our Summer Reading Program!
    • Registration for this program is required.Recommended Age Group: 8 – 18

**Harry Potter Trivia – Thursday April 7th 6:30PM

  • Come test your knowledge about Hogwarts, the wizarding world, and the Boy Who Lived!
    • Registration required. Grades 3-6 (<<<I know it says Grades 3-6 but if you love HP like I do you know you’ll want to come! Feel free!)


**Sci Fri Short Story Chat – Friday April 8th 3:45PM – 4:30PM

  • Do you love Science Fiction? So do I!  If you’re into the genre or just looking for an interesting read, come join us to talk about some classic Sci Fi short stories!  If you would like to join, please sign up and ask Miss Robyn for a copy of the stories!
    • Registraion required. Grades 7-12


D.E.A.R Read-In – Monday April 11th 6:00PM – 8:00PM

  • In honor of “Drop Everything and Read” month, we will be hosting a 2 hour all ages “read-in!” Bring a book or borrow one, stay for a little or a lot, but be sure to make time, even for a moment,  to drop everything and read!
    • Registration encouraged. All ages (adults, too!)

**Author Visit! Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson – Thursday April 14th 5:00PM

  • The authors of the book The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow will be visiting! They will be discussing the inspiration and process of writing a book and share tips and answer questions!  The book has a 780 lexile reading level and is suggested for readers 10 and up.  However, aspiring writers of any age would enjoy this program!
    • Registration required.


**Open Mic Night – Thursday April 14th 6:45PM

  • Come share your writing, songs, or anything else you can think of! This is a supportive and positive environment to show off all of the things that make you awesome!

Registration required.  Grades 7-12

**Poetry Slam – Thursday April 28th 6:45PM

  • April 28th is “Great Poetry Day!” Come share your great poetry with other poetry lovers!  Not a writer?  Feel free to share your favorite poems written by an author!
    • Registration required. Grades 8-12


** Teen Trivia – Friday April 29th 3:45PM – 4:30PM

  • Are you a pro at knowing unique facts? Do people often ask, “How did you know that?!”  Come to Teen Trivia and test your knowledge!
    • Registration required. Grades 7-12

Upcoming Teen Programs

Posted: March 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi all!

I’ve been working on making the library a more accessible place for teens, especially those of you in high school!  I have recently done a massive order of the newest young adult titles and there are so many books they (literally) are falling off the shelves!   Make sure to come take a peek 🙂

I know how busy this time of year is, but in the hopes of giving you something fun to do to unwind, I’ve planned some (what I hope) are super exciting upcoming programs! March 10th I’ll be hosting a “Teen Tech Trivia” night in honor of Teen Tech week.

And Friday March 11th is bookface Friday.  Example of bookfacing here:


I’ll have a bunch of books available for you guys to “complete” and if you do take photos make sure to put them on our facebook wall or use #bookfacefriday #TTW16 on Instagram and geotag us!

Also, starting in April we will be having several “Open Mic Nights” where you can come share poetry, writing, songs, or literally anything else you have in mind!  If you have any other ideas or suggestions for some things you’d like to see for teens at the library, please e-mail me at rrivero@oxfordlib.org


February Teen Programs

Posted: January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi guys!

In addition to program descriptions, I also wanted to let you know that my director and I visited the American Library Association Exhibition a few weeks ago and we have tons of books that we’ve brought back that are not yet available to the public!  The YA material in particular looks great!  You can win one of these books by stopping in and guessing how many chocolate kisses we have in a jar on our circ desk!

Also, I’ve added lots and lots of new YA books to our high school collection so be sure to stop in to check out the new titles!

Here are some upcoming February programs to look forward to!  If you want to sign up for a program or have any questions you can stop in, call us at (203) 888-6944, or e-mail me at rrivero@oxfordlib.org.  Hope to see you soon!

Chess Club – Mondays in February 5:30PM

  • Make new friends, learn the game, or test new strategies.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  This is one of our fastest growing programs so we encourage registration for this event each week to aid with partner match ups, however, drop in guests are always welcome!

Teen Craft Night: Yarn Sculptures – Wednesday 2/3  4:15PM

  • We will be creating cool sculptures out of yarn that can be mounted on your wall or hung up.
    • Registration required

Teen Homework Club – Wednesday 2/10  4:15PM

  • Everything is more fun with friends. Even homework! Come relax at the library to work on your homework and have some snacks.  We’ll be enjoying fun breaks throughout the evening such as yoga, a dance break, funny youtube videos, and more to refresh our brains and bodies and take on our homework

Valentine Creation Station – Friday 2/12  12:00PM – 4:00PM

  • Our craft table will be filled with everything you need to create Valentines for the special people in your life! Drop by any time between 12:00 and 4:00 to make a Valentine!

Collectors Club – Wednesday 2/17  4:15PM

  • Do you collect shells, cards, figurines, or anything else? Join us at the Collectors Club to show off your awesome collection and learn about other people’s as well!

Teen Night: Minute to Win It – Wednesday2/24 4:00PM – 4:30PM

  • Can you make a pyramid using 36 cups? Can you move a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands?  Can you balance six dice on a craft stick?  If you said yes to any or all of these questions, ask yourself this; can you do it in under 60 seconds?  Come to teen night at the library to find out!  We’ll be trying out all these different challenges and more while competing against others and the clock to win bragging rights and some cool prizes.