Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Teen Summer Reading 2022

The program runs from June 13th to August 31st. 

Here's the run down on all of the awesome Teen things happening this summer:

How it works: Starting June 13th log each book you read this summer here.  Each book you read earns you an entry into our end of summer prize drawing. Winners will be drawn and notified in September.  Prizes include gift cards, book bundles, and other fun items. All winners will be contacted by email. You must be entering grades 6-12 in the fall to participate. The program runs from June 13th to August 31st.

Reminder:  Last day to log books is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31ST

*Read Beyond the Beaten Path is sponsored by the Northborough Free Library, the Friends of the Northborough Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Teen Events:

Minecraft Club

Dungeons & Dragons

T.A.G. Ice Cream Party

Take and Make Crafts

T.A.G. (Teen Advisory Group)

Food Wars

Go Green Sustainability Initiative for Young Minds

Movie Nights

Drop in Gaming

Camp Games

Graphic Novel Book Club

Teen Lock-In


Check out our calendar of events for specific dates/times and to register.


Teens Take the Lead

Programs Run by Teens for Teens

Now accepting applications for winter programming!  Deadline is October 15th!!

Teens Take the Lead is a program organized by the Teen Services Department to showcase the talents and support the passions of the teens in our community, grades 6-12.  This program is designed to assist:

  • Individuals or small groups of teens looking to share their skills and interests by teaching a program for other library patrons.  
  • Teens wanting to coordinate/direct a service project using the resources of the library.

A timely, fully completed application is required to be considered for inclusion in the Teens Take the Lead program.  Questions about the application process can be directed to the Teen Librarian by emailing  If your application is selected it is essential that all deadlines are met and clear communication with the Teen Librarian is maintained throughout the process.  

Examples of past or existing teen run programs:

  • Dungeons & Dragons for Beginners and Beyond
  • Triginometry for Beginners
  • Go Green Sustainability for Young Minds


Teens' Top Ten Reading Challenge 2022

Welcome to the Northborough Free Library's Teens' Top Ten Reading Challenge!!

What is the Teens' Top Ten? Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted each spring, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15-October 12 on YALSA's Teen's Top Ten webpage.  A link will be posted here once voting opens. Winners are announced mid October each year. 

Click here for a complete list of this year's nominees.

How the challenge works: Each time you read a 2022 Teens' Top Ten Nominee click here to go to our google form. Once on the google form you will record each title you read. Each title logged earns you an entry for a prize. Prizes include book bundles and gift cards. Prize winners will be announced in October. This program is for teens in grades 6-12 only. HAPPY READING!!


The Teen Room is now on Instagram!! To keep up to date on all things happening in the Teen Room follow us @northboroteens.  



Volunteer Opportunity in the Teen Room

 We are currently looking for Teen volunteers (grades 8-12) to assist the Teen Librarian with a project in the Teen Room.  We will be conducting a diversity audit of the Teen fiction collection.  All volunteers will be trained by the Teen Librarian.  We are asking for a commitment of at least 1 hour per month, but you may volunteer for more hours if you would like to.   All interested Teens are asked to complete our Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Teen Librarian.  You may return the application via email to or in person at the Teen Desk.  Parents, please do not fill out an application for your teenage child.  We ask that applications be completed by the volunteer.  If you have any questions please reach out to Bonny at or 508-393-5025 ext. 4.

Minecraft Club

The Northborough Free Library is pleased to announce our new Minecraft Club for Teens in grades 6-12. Minecraft is an open-world game where players are placed in a borderless, randomly generated land with no supplies or directions. Players collect materials from the world around them in order to ‘craft’ items and build whatever their mind can imagine. There are forests to explore, mountains to climb, oceans to cross, and dungeons to discover. Objectives are imagined by players, allowing them to truly create their own virtual world. Join fellow Minecrafters as we explore and build together.  This program is made possible by a donation from the Marshall family in loving memory of their son, Chris.  Click here to register for our next meeting.

Did you know you can...

Download Audiobooks to listen to on your iPod, iPhone, MP3 Player and other devices. Download the Libby App or visit the Digital Catalog to get started.


Learn a Language with our database Rosetta Stone. Simply click on the link and create an account with your library card barcode to start learning.


Download an E-Book to read on your iPad, Kindle, Nook, and other devices. Download the Libby App or visit the Digital Catalog to get started.


Stream movies and documentaries on your mobile device or TV. Click here to create a Kanopy account and get started.


Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and tv shows on your computer, mobile device or TV. Click here to create a Hoopla account and get started.


Get an E-Card for the Boston Public Library. Any Massachusetts resident who is 13 years of age or older is eligible for an e-card. An e-card will give you access to all of BPL's databases, electronic magazines, and downloadable materials such as e-books, audio books, videos, and music. Click here for more information.