Regular Monthly Programs

Teen Tuesdays
Combination video games, homework time, and chill space.  Every Tuesday from 3:00-4:45 pm, Logan Auditorium.  Teen requested games are welcome!

Gamer Gathering
One Saturday per month, teens can hang out in the Teen Room and play games of their choice.  Featured for Fall: Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone, two dueling card games.  Please bring your own card for Magic, and you can find Hearthstone in your mobile device’s app store.

Monthly Craft
One hour, several art projects.  One Saturday afternoon a month from 2:30-3:30pm (please check the Library Calendar for future dates & locations)

Monthly Anime Showing
Once a month after school in the Teen Room, we’ll show a double feature of teen-picked anime.  Please check the Library Calendar for show announcements.

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.)

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

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 2018 The Graveyard Book
    Book:The Graveyard BookAuthor:Neil GaimanRating(1-5 Stars)4.5 Stars: "The fantasy of the book is quite whimsical and macabre. It creates a satisfyingly unsettling and spooky atmosphere while stil …
  • SR 2018 P.S. I Still Love You
    Book:P.S. I Still Love YouAuthor:Jenny HanRating(1-5 Stars)4 Stars: "I love that Lara Jean ended up with Peter! The first book ended in a way that made it perfect for this one to develop characte …
  • SR 2018 1,411 Quite Interesting Facts to Knock You Sideways
    Book:1,411 Quite Interesting Facts to Knock You SidewaysAuthor: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James HarkinRating(1-5 Stars)4 Stars: "1,411 Quite interesting Facts to Knock you Sideways is a go …
  • SR 2018 Grimm's Ghost Stories
    Book:Grimm's Ghost StoriesAuthor: Retold by Laura FrenchRating(1-5 Stars)5 Stars: "The book has a nostalgic feeling to it that adds to the creepy, spooky aspect of the stories by truly prese …
  • SR 2018 The Outsiders
    Book:The OutsidersAuthor: S.E. HintonRating(1-5 Stars)5 Stars: "I feel that way because the book was very good and it was easy to understand, unlike the other books that are hard to understand …
  • Summer Reading

    Starting June 20th, 2018 you can sign up at the library for the state-wide Summer Reading Program. The 2018 theme is “Libraries Rock”.  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 June 26th from 2:00-5:00pm.  The End of Summer Party is August 28th from 2:30-4:30pm where raffle winners and Teen Photo Contest winners will be announced live!  The Teen Summer Reading Challenge is for those going into grades 6-12.

    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 July 1st, 2018 and end August 10th, 2018.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″.  After the submission period has closed, entries will be housed on the main level for library visitors to vote on during the month of August.  Winners are announced first at the End of Summer Teen Party (which is the last week of August).



    Bridge of Clay

    Author: Zusak, Markus
    Published: October 2018


    Author: Shusterman, Neal
    Published: October 2018

    What If It’s Us

    Author: Albertalli, Becky
    Published: October 2018

    A Very Large Expanse of Sea

    Author: Mafi, Tahereh
    Published: Octoberr 2018


    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 & music MP3s 24/7 — with no late fees!

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

    Go To Digital Media

    Sawkill Girls

    Author: Legrand, Claire
    Published: October 2018

    Muse of Nightmares

    Author: Taylor, Laini
    Published: October 2018

    Shadow of the Fox

    Author: Kagawa, Julie
    Published: October 2018

    The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

    Author: Lee, Mackenzi
    Published: October 2018





    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.