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Boston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins

by rlavery

readBoston Public Library’s annual free summer reading program ( begins this month, offering educational experiences for youth and adults throughout the City of Boston through August.

“We are very happy to see our summer reading program also expand to adults this year, offering everyone an opportunity to exercise their minds through reading regardless of age,” said Boston Public Library President David Leonard. “We are as always grateful to our sponsors for their commitment to our library users.”

“Summer reading offers a variety of programs and reading opportunities, giving youth a safe and fun environment in which to learn, explore, and grow during out of school time,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Manager of Youth Services.

The children’s theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” All locations throughout the system will receive visits from the Museum of Science, Historic New England, New England Aquarium, and the ReadBoston Storymobile, in addition to story times, crafts, and additional programming at locations.

Teens will “Build the Future” and write book reviews, code with Minecraft, learn how to take care of and get around by bikes, make video games, and attend workshops that teach how to make a simple robot, a controller for a video game, or program with Sonic Pi. Teens can record their activities to earn badges to become eligible for a grand prize. Boston Public Library locations that have dedicated teen spaces include the Central Library and the Dudley, East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, and Mattapan branches. Teen Central at the Central Library has an especially full slate of summer reading programs, available at

Adult summer reading will take place at the Dudley, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Lower Mills, Mattapan, and Uphams Corner branches, with the theme “Exercise Your Mind – Read!” Patrons will receive raffle tickets for reading or exercising and be entered into a weekly drawing at participating branches, and participating branches will host health and wellness-themed events.

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. Contest details and more are available online at

On Your Mark, Get Set…READ! is sponsored by the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Teen summer programs are made possible through Boston Bikes, The Boston Public Library Foundation, City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library, and the Rhode Island Computer Museum.

Read Your Way to Fenway is sponsored by John Hancock, The Red Sox Foundation, and The Boston Public Library Foundation.

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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