Teens

Outreach

Outreach extends services and programs beyond the library’s physical and virtual spaces to offer equitable access to information and resources, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations.

Current outreach partners

Massachusetts Department of Youth Services – Metro Boston

Massachusetts

  • Community served: Youth who are incarcerated
  • Services provided: monthly book deposit, book talks, summer reading program, author visits
  • Partner since: 2011

Boston Public Library has been a partner with the Department of Youth Services (DYS), the juvenile justice agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston Public Library teen librarians regularly visit DYS schools bringing in book deposits, talking about the books, and promoting Boston Public Library services and programs. Occasionally we bring special guest speakers.  For the past three years the library has run a summer reading program for the youth in DYS. Book deposits are small collections of library books left at a facility for a short period of time, then exchanged for new books.  Librarians will bring in popular books and books that are requested by the teens.

Ostiguy High School
  • Community served: Teens in alcohol and drug recovery
  • Services provided: monthly book deposit, book talks, field trips to Central Library
  • Partner since: 2014

Boston Public Library provides monthly visits to Ostiguy high school by bringing in book deposits, talking about the books, and promoting Boston Public Library services and programs.  Book deposits are small collections of library books left at a facility for a short period of time, then exchanged for new books.  Librarians will bring in popular books and books that are requested by the teens.


Interested in library outreach at your organization? Contact Angela Veizaga at aveizaga@bpl.org or 617-859-2198 or your neighborhood branch’s teen or children’s librarian.