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Secret Service Volunteers
At the core of Pequot Library’s Children’s Department lies its Secret Service Agent volunteer program, comprised of a rotating group of tween/teen volunteers from Grades 5 and up. Since 2006, Secret Service Agents have been performing all kinds of “covert” operations when helping out at large seasonal events like the Valentine’s Day chocolate-making, the Easter Egg Roll, the Fourth of July Bike Parade, and the Caroling Party. Agents take tickets, check in attendees, execute children’s games, judge contests, award prizes, and teach computer skills to seniors.
The Secret Service functions like the National Guard: Agents remain on inactive duty until they are called into service as needed. All communication is done through a group email (with parents in the loop). Agents email back to “headquarters” if they are available to help out for a particular event or not. Being able to choose when to participate provides agents with greater flexibility during the busy and demanding school year.
Spy language and humor are heavily employed in all communications, making membership just plain fun! Agents enjoy wearing the Secret Service Agent uniform—a black t-shirt with sunglasses logo and a red lanyard with photo ID and fingerprint card displayed.
Recently, our Agents were honored in a recognition ceremony that included Town of Fairfield officials. They were presented with certificates issued by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, which highlighted their contributions to the Library over the years.
More than anything, our kids enjoy being part of a special, elite corps that can assume responsibility and help make Library functions successful. Agents know that they are an integral part of the success of our programs as they learn about the nature and necessity of volunteerism to the larger society to which they belong.