Using The Library From The Comfort of Your Home

Things are weird right now.  Hopefully you are safe at home, but you’re likely tearing through your TBR (to be read) piles and video games and are in need of something new.  Below is a quick list of new things to try.  Hopefully more ideas will be added weekly.

  • Comic Book Issues & Graphic Novels with Hoopla
    • Christina (the teen librarian) suggests the series Something is Killing the Children and Rat Queens.
  • YALSA’s “Hub Reading Challenge”
  • Learn how to draw like Hey Kiddo‘s Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Start a new podcast with author Grace Lin’s (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) 5-10 minute podcast “Kids Ask Authors”
  • Start your own podcast!  There’s always someone who wants to hear your side of things.

Teen Blog

We have a blog called the Thayer Public Library Teens over on Blogger. Here you can find book reviews from the Young Adult Librarian as well as teen reviewed books.


  • SR 2019 The Crimes of Grindelwald
    Title: The Crimes of GrindelwaldAuthor: J.K. RowlingRating{1-5 Stars}4 Stars: "It had an engaging and cool concept, but I would have liked it in novel version more." -Kaelyn M, Age 11
  • SR 2019 Breakout
    Title: BreakoutAuthor: Kate MessnerRating{1-5 Stars}4.5 Stars: "I liked the way the story was all newspaper articles, letters, poems, and text messages, but the story was a bit confusing to follo …
  • 2019 SR I Am Malala
    Title: I Am MalalaAuthor: Malala YousafzaiRating{1-5 Stars}4 Stars: "This was the most remarkable book I have ever read. I loved all the feeling in this book." -Kaelyn M, Age 11
  • SR 2019 In the Hall with the Knife
    Title: In the Hall with the KnifeAuthor: Diana PeterfreundRating{1-5 Stars}5 Stars: "The author had me guessing who had done it throughout the whole book. With red herrings and sub plots you were …
  • 2019 SR Nimona
    Title: NimonaAuthor: Noelle StevensonRating{1-5 Stars}4.5 Stars: "It was a very interesting graphic novel, and I really enjoyed reading it. It was really predictable though." -Kiley Quinn, A …
  • Regular Monthly Programs (All Programs on Pause)

    Teen Tuesdays
    Combination video games, homework time, and chill space.  Every Tuesday from 2:15-4:15 pm, Logan Auditorium.  Teen requested games are welcome!  The library has a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox One.

    Teen-Run Bullet Journaling

    Hang out and destress once a month with us at the library as we plan our monthly calendars!  Get some ideas about how to plan your own, or borrow ideas from others.  Open to beginners and pros alike! Registration is required.  Program for grades 6-12.  See the Library Calendar for future dates!

    Teen Advisory Group, T.A.G.
    Meets one Saturday per month in the Teen Room.  When you attend a meeting, one hour of volunteer time is earned.  (Meets during the summer for a 3 week session in July.)  Please See the Library Calendar for future dates!

    Pre-registration is encouraged for all events. Check the Library Calendar for all times and special events.

    Summer Reading 2019

    Starting June 10th, 2019 you can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. This is part of a state-wide Summer Reading Program. The 2019 theme is “Universe of Stories”.  We offer prizes for reading throughout the summer in addition to awesome programs.  Our summer schedule is live and is posted on our events calendar.  The all-ages Summer Reading Kickoff is Monday June 24th from 2:00-5:00pm.  We’ll have a ticketed food truck, lawn games, and sidewalk chalk.  The End of Summer Party is Tuesday 27th from 2:30-4:30pm where raffle winners and Teen Photo Contest winners will be announced live! New this year: teen teams!  Earn prizes for yourself and your team as you read pages for points.  The Teen Summer Reading Challenge is for those going into grades 6-12, more info about the Thayer Public Library Teen Summer Reading Challenge can be found here.

    Teen Photo Contest Artwork

    Teen Photo Contest Entries are now available for viewing in the Teen Room!  Thanks to the help of our volunteers, the photos have been matted on colorful paper and the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners are marked with (paper) medals.

    Each year during the Summer Reading Program, the teen department holds a Teen Photo Contest towards the end of the Summer. This year’s Teen Photo contest will start Monday July 1st, 2019 and end August 9th, 2019.  For a chance at a prize, Teens may submit up to two photo entries (no selfies please), which are to be emailed to the teen librarian in a JPEG of 8.5″x 11″.  Submissions must be the teen’s own work.  After the submission period has closed, entries will be housed on the main level for library visitors to vote on during the remaining weeks of August.  Winners are announced first at the End of Summer Teen Party (August 27th).



    Goodbye from Nowhere

    Author: Zarr, Sara
    Published: April 2020

    The Deck of Omens

    Author: Herman, Christine Lynn
    Published: April 2020

    Check Please Book 2: Sticks & Scones

    Author: Ukazu, Ngozi
    Published: April 2020

    The Loop

    Author: Oliver, Ben
    Published: April 2020


    Books circulate for two weeks and can be renewed up to two times. This includes YA books as well as childrens’ books, adult fiction, and all non-fiction.


    This is an mp3 device that contains an entire book.  These are very mobile and only require headphones to use. You can even change the speed to listen slower or faster as you need it.


    Teen audiobooks may be found downstairs in the Teen Room.  All audiobooks circulate for two weeks.


    EBooks and downloadable audiobooks are available through OverDrive & Hoopla.  These can be read on a computer, tablet, iPod touch or eReader.  OverDrive  items can be checked out for two weeks, Hoopla eBooks and eAudiobooks can be checked out for three weeks.


    The YA DVDs have moved.  There is now a collection of YA Anime downstairs in the Teen Room.  There are additional DVDs on the main and upper levels of the library.  All DVDs circulate for two weeks and can be renewed once.


    Video games, like XBOX One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Wii, and older games, may be found on the Main Level. 3DS games are available in the Children’s Room.  Video Games check out for one week.  The library also has several VR headsets for check out on the main level.


    Looking for the Hamilton soundtrack?  Camila Cabello?  Kendrick?  We keep all our music CDs upstairs on the Main Level.  Music CDs circulate for two weeks.


    There is free WiFi at the library for your devices. There are also four computers for teen use in the Teen Room. These computers have all Microsoft Office files, multiple internet browsers, Pandora radio, and Zinio Reader.


    Looking to go to the Boston Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, or someplace else cool? Please see the reference desk, located on the lower level, for more info on museum passes. You can also find more information on our Museum Passes page.


    There are plenty of cool teen magazines available to read in the Teen Room.




    Access free eBooks, magazines, movies, & music 24/7 — with no late fees!

    Check out Overdrive, Hoopla, & RBDigital for available titles.

    Go To Digital Media

    The Best Laid Plans

    Author: Lund, Cameron
    Published: April 2020

    Girls Save the World in This One

    Author: Parsons, Ash
    Published: April 2020

    A Werewolf in Riverdale

    Author: Roehrig, Caleb
    Published: April 2020

    Verona Comics

    Author: Dugan, Jennifer
    Published: April 2020





    If you are entering grades 6-12 you may join TAG at any time. During the school year, September-May, TAG meets once per month. Typical activities include planning fun library programs, creating displays, and decorating the Teen Room.  Please see the Events Calendar for T.A.G. meetings dates.

    During the summer, TAG meets during the month of July, once a week for three weeks, as part of the TAG Summer Service Program to complete special projects. Past projects include designing bookmarks for the library, creating art and displays for library outreach projects, robot exploration, and much more!

    Occasionally, during the school year, the library will have additional volunteer opportunities available for teens. All teens who are interested in volunteering at the library must first join the Teen Advisory Group, as due to the limited number of volunteer opportunities, TAG members receive first consideration.


    • Become involved and make a difference in your community?
    • Make your voice heard and have your ideas matter?
    • Complete requirements for service and volunteer hours?
    • Gain experience for college applications and resumes?
    • HAVE FUN and meet new people?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider joining Thayer Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.)


    • Be in grades 6-12.
    • Fill out a library volunteer form with parental or guardian permission (forms may be picked up at the Reference Desk)

    For more information about T.A.G., contact the Teen Librarian at 781-848-0405 x4415




    You can find required books for grades 7-12 at the Thayer Public Library by the YA Room on the Lower Level. Required books for grades K-6 are in the Children’s Room on the Upper Level.

    To see if we have a book available, you can check the library’s catalog.


    The Thayer Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge is for those entering grades 6-12.  Earn prizes and raffle tickets just for reading and reviewing books.  For a list of summer programs, check out the Events Calendar.  You don’t have to be signed up for the SRC to attend a program, but you get an extra raffle ticket if you are.

    To see if we have a book available, you can check the library’s catalog.

    See Braintree Reading Lists


    Did you know your library card can help you with your homework? The library subscribes to a variety of online resources that you won’t find in a Google search. We give you access to digital versions of encyclopedias, journals, magazines and other reference sources you can trust.

    Preparing for the SATs, a language exam, or other courses?  Maybe you just want a taste of college?  Using your library card, you can sign up for Gale Courses.  Gale offers a variety of 6 week courses that are free with your library card.  If you pass the class, you may even receive certification.

    See Our Teen Tools


    The library has a large reference collection, multiple online databases, dictionaries, atlases, and several internet sources for your use. A librarian is available for assistance when the library is open, and may also be emailed at  Check out the Reference page for more information.


    The library has access to Pronunciator, an online language learning program, Gale Courses (who offer ESL, Spanish, ASL, and other language courses), a small collection of nonfiction books, audiobooks, and DVDs for language learning.