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Boston Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Begins

by awilliams

Themed programs for kids and teens span science, nature, and music; Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest launches. 

summer reading logoBoston Public Library’s summer programs for youth ( begin this month, promising a summer of stimulating and enriching activities for children and teens of Boston. All programs offered are free and intended to encourage exploration and education, and serve as entertainment for young people in our communities. Youths also have the opportunity to use their writing skills for a chance to win tickets to a Boston Red Sox game as part of “Read Your Way to Fenway.”

“Summer reading programming at the Boston Public Library provides learning and discovery opportunities for kids and teens during the summer months,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Manager of Youth Services. “Thanks to the support of generous partner institutions, the library is able to provide these enriching experiences.”

“Every Hero Has a Story” features programming for children including crafts, workshops, and games that explore science, nature, history, and books. Children at Boston Public Library locations will receive visits from Boston Nature Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, ReadBoston, Countdown to Kindergarten, USS Constitution Museum, and more.

The 2015 theme for teens is “Do Something” and includes programs in which teens learn to draw autobiographical comics with award-winning comics creator Liz Prince. Beat Bus, a music workshop and performance program that explores melody, harmony, and rhythm through drumming visits branches throughout the system. Numerous art and technology workshops at Teen Central’s brand new teen tech lab also await teens.

Young people ages 5-17 may also participate in the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park by reading a minimum of three books and writing an essay about their favorite. Author Dan Gutman and author and illustrator Matt Tavares will visit multiple branch libraries to share their baseball-themed books in support of Read Your Way to Fenway. Essays are due Saturday, August 1, 2015. Contest details and more are available online at

Read Your Way to Fenway is made possible by the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, John Hancock, and Aramark.

“Every Hero Has a Story” and the teen “Do Something” programming is sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


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