Programs for Tweens & Teens

Things are still weird, but if you’re in need of something new we’ve got you!

  • Teen Summer Reading book reviews on the Thayer Public Library Teen blog from current and past summers.
  • “You Should Read This” 5 minute reading recommendations with teen librarian Christina
    • Check it out the first one on Facebook here or a more recent one on YouTube here!
  • Comic Book Issues & Graphic Novels with Hoopla
  • Grab & Go craft kits (tween & teen) – register via our Event Calendar for a free craft material kit.  Kits include: instructions, most items to make the craft, and a book related to the craft.  All kits may be picked up in person.
  • South Shore Book Buzz– tune in once a month for a teen book share live on Instagram. Learn about new YA books from South Shore Young Adult Librarians. Comment to to recommend a recent book you read (or an old favorite you love) and hear what other South Shore teens are reading. Optionally, participants can share a book to fit the monthly theme.
    • June 15th @3:30-4:00pm – “Pride” – Quincy Public Library @teensattcpl
    • July 20th @3:30-4:00pm – “Campfire Stories & Summer Camp” – Plymouth Public Library @plymouthteens
    • August 17th @3:30-4:00pm – “Animal Stories: – Host TBD

Teen Corner

Missed a Grab & Go craft? Missed an episode of You Should Read This?  Want to know what South Shore library collaborations are coming up?  Head over to Teen Corner- a page full of videos, tutorials, and extra nuggets of info that don’t fit here.  Click the link below to head over to the Teen Corner.

Teen Quick Picks

Quick Picks:  No time?  Let the Teen Librarian put together a Quick Pick book bundle for you!  It’s easy.  Teen Quick picks are for ages 11-18.

  1. Call or complete the Quick Pick form- there are printed copies available at the library or you can fill out the online form here.
  2. The Teen Librarian picks 2-4 books based off of your choices
  3. You will be notified by email when your books are ready for pick up in-person

Options include:

  • Adventure
  • Dystopian/SciFi
  • Surprise Me!
  • Audiobook
  • Graphic nove/manga
  • And more!!

Questions?  Email or call 781-848-0405 x4415.  Quick Picks are based off of YA librarian availability:

  • Mon. & Tues 10am-2pm
  • Wed. & Thur. 3pm to 7pm

Online Form here



House of Hollow

Author: Sutherland, Krystal
Published: April 2021

The Mary Shelley Club

Author: Moldavsky, Goldy
Published: April 2021

Victories Greater Than Death

Author: Anders, Charlie jane
Published: April 2021

Witches Steeped in Gold

Author: Smart, Ciannon
Published: April 2021

Teen Blog

We have a blog called the Thayer Public Library Teens over on Blogger. Here you can find teen reviews and recommendations.  Check out what other teens had to say about what they read last summer or in summer’s past.


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.


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.


Thayer Public Library now has Hoopla and Kanopy.  Enjoy graphic novels, music, movies and tv on Hoopla and then stop by Kanopy for indie movie picks, PBS, and other hard to find movies and documentaries.  All titles are available instantly for checkout- no holds!


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 Beetlejuice Broadway soundtrack?  Dua Lipa?  The Weeknd?  We keep all our music CDs upstairs on the Main Level.  Music CDs circulate for two weeks.  Don’t forget to check Hoopla for more available albums!


Because of Covid-19, our computer use has changed.  While you can still access free WiFi in our parking lot, we have removed our seating areas.  Our computers have been reduced and may be used by appointment only. These computers have all Microsoft Office files, multiple internet browsers, and some quick links.


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. Want to know which museums are open for visiting hours during Covid?  You can find more information on our Museum Passes page.


Titles to check out from the Teen Room include Otaku, J-14, Sports Illustrated, Girls Life, and others.




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

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

Go To Digital Media

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Author: Kemmerer, Brigid
Published: January 2019

A Dark and Hollow Star

Author: Shuttleworth, Ashley
Published: February 2021

Bone Crier’s Moon

Author: Purdie, Kathryn
Published: March 2020

We Didn’t Ask For This

Author: Alsaid, Adi
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.

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, fiction books, audiobooks, and DVDs for language learning.


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.