Summer Programs, Reading and Resources

Summer Programs, Reading and Resources for Teens



Boston Public Library locations offer free summer programs for teens. Events include programs hosted by Gique, Kidz Cooking with Miss Debbie and Grub Street.

Science Can Dance

Ggique_logo-white-on-black - Copyique invites youth ages 10-14 to join us for our FREE Science Can DANCE Program this summer at Boston Public Library locations to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math through creative movement and dance choreography. We are hosting five workshops led by local dancers who are also scientists and engineers. Each workshop introduces a STEAM topic along with a fun interactive dance. Check for registration.

Saturday, July 8 ● 1:30 p.m. ● East Boston Branch
Saturday, July 29 ● 1 p.m. ● Mattapan Branch
Saturday, August 5 ● 1 p.m. ● Grove Hall Branch
Saturday, August 12 ● 11 a.m. ● Dudley Branch
Saturday, August 19 ● 2 p.m. ● Hyde Park Branch

Cooking with Miss Debbie

Miss DebbieSomething is cooking at the Library and teens are welcome to join Miss Debbie from Kidz Cooking to create delicious treats. This is a hands-on class with some tasty rewards at the end.

Wednesday, July 12 ● 3:30 p.m. ● Dudley Branch
Thursday, July 13 ● 4 p.m. ● East Boston Branch
Wednesday, July 19 ● 3:30 p.m. ● Grove Hall Branch
Tuesday, July 25 ● 3 p.m. ● Teen Central (Central
Tuesday, August 8 ● 4 p.m. ● Mattapan Branch

Grub Street

Drop into Writing: Creative Explorations for Teens

GrubStreet_Logo_TextDrop into one session just to write alongside other creatives, or come to all the sessions to keep your writing muscles limber. Whatever suits you! This is all about jumpstarting your writing with a creative professional as your guide. Each session is designed to spark new ideas and/or shape existing writing projects. Exercises and topics range from silly to dramatic, each of them stretching our creativity. Write a sentence, a page, or twenty pages! The goal is to leave real-world responsibilities behind for a little while and just geek out on writing.

Bring your favorite notebook and pen, or just use the ones we provide! We also have plenty of snacks for when we get the creative munchies.

Thursdays, July 6 – August 10 ● 3 p.m. ● Mattapan Branch

Teen Camp: Bold and Free Writing

Good writing is all about learning when to be bold and when to be loose and free. We’ll explore ways to uncover our stories, using techniques that range from silly to challenging. Whether you like to write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama, we’ll learn how to tinker with methods that identify the energy points in a piece. By the end of the week, you’ll have several ideas and some rough drafts along with some tips on preparing and submitting your work for publication.

Bring your favorite notebook and pen, or just use the ones we provide! We also have snacks for when we get the creative munchies.

Every day, July 17 – July 21 ● 1 p.m. ● Dudley Branch


Read Your Way to Fenway


Fenway Family-KIDS-TRANSPARENT-SMALLIn this annual summer reading contest, children and teens read three books for a chance to win three tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 27. Sponsored by John Hancock, The Red Sox Foundation, and The Boston Public Library.


  • For children and teens ages 5 to 17.
  • Download the entry form. (English | Español)
  • Read at least 3 books and write a brief essay about your favorite one.
  • One entry per person at one branch only.
  • Multiple entries will disqualify the entrant.
  • The essay must be original work.
  • Winner receives 3 tickets to the game on Sunday, August 27, vouchers for food at Fenway Park, a t-shirt, a hat, and a backpack.
  • Each winner must be accompanied to the game by one parent or guardian.

Important Dates

  • Contest starts: June 1
  • Essays due to a Boston Public Library location: August 1
  • Winner notified: August 10-14
  • Pick up your tickets at your branch library: August 17-22
  • Game day: Sunday, August 27 at 1:35 p.m., Red Sox vs. Orioles at Fenway Park

Summer Reading Lists (and More) from Schools

Boston Public Schools

Boston Latin Academy

Boston Latin School

John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science

Other Resources

Discover Boston with the BPL Passport

The BPS Summer information page has links to book lists, summer jobs resources, and to the Boston Centers for Youth and Families summer program guide