Patrick Heath Public Library has it all for teens - great books, computer access, and cool programs throughout the year. Teens, are you on Facebook? "Like" us to receive the latest updates and information on upcoming events! If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow us for updates from our programs and be sure to use @boernelibrary to share your experiences at the library and at library sponsored events. Be sure to also check out our events calendar for times and locations of all our great activities!

Around the World in 60 Days Programming!Summer Learning Odyssey

July 2nd Five Friends You Didn’t Know You Had:  Spanning the Globe Through Poems!

Adults and Teens are invited to join us on July 2, at 11:00am as award-winning author and poet Naomi Shihab Nye leads us through a poetry workshop via ZOOM, based on her anthology "This Same Sky," which features 129 voices from 68 different countries. Participants will discover new poets and their writings, from all over the world, and be able to write and read their own short poetry at this workshop. Naomi Shihab Nye is the Young People’s Poet Laureate (Poetry Foundation) and the poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine. She lives in San Antonio. Her most recent books are "Cast Away" (it’s about TRASH!) and The "Tiny Journalist," which won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Poetry Book of the year, 2020. This program is limited to 30 participants. Please contact Caren: creech@boernelibrary.org if you are interested in this event. 

Naomi Shihab Nye

July 16th Author Visit: 

Amy Bearce and PJ Hoover

Teens and parents are invited to join us on July 16 at 4:00 for an exciting ZOOM program with two authors that write for teens!  Amy Bearce resides in San Antonio, and has written several books for teens.  Her most recent (released on July 14th) is "Paris on Repeat," which is a spin on the "Groundhog Day" movie.  P.J. Hoover resides in Austin.  She has written many books for teens.  Her most recent is "Homer’s Excellent Adventure," another fun take on a movie.  This is a Homer story based on the movie "Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure."  This will be a chance to talk to two prolific authors, and find out all about their books and their writing processes!  We will have fun giveaways for attendees!  Please e-mail Caren for the ZOOM link to this program:  creech@boernelibrary.org

Authors Amy Bearce and PJ Hoover

Summer Journaling Project!

A true adventure should not be forgotten!  Start your adventure by picking up your free journal at the Patrick Heath Public Library.  Whether you are traveling the world on vacation or virtually through our summer program, use your journal to chronicle what you are doing, feeling, and reading this Summer!   These journals are absolutely free for the first 40 teens and are available for pickup at the library.


Explore the World with our weekly Port Key!

Looking for a challenge this Summer? As we virtually circumvent the globe, we will release a new weekly Port Key.  On the Port Key you will find photo, physical, and creative challenges based on our stops along our virtual journey.  To whet your appetite, the Port Key will also include a recipe to help you explore the culinary tastes of that week’s destination.  Looking for a reading challenge?  We have you covered!  Each week’s Port Key will include reading suggestions influenced by the local culture and atmosphere!  Throughout the Summer share with us your pictures, stories, videos, or reviews showcasing your Port Key accomplishments and/or your adventures at home or abroad.  Your submissions might get shared on our Around the World Broadcasts!

Summer Pen Pal Project!

Are you burnt-out on screen-time?  Us too!  Try going analog by chatting with Alex or Caren through our summer Pen Pal program!  Mail or drop off your correspondence through our book drop and we will mail you a written letter back.  We look forward to your letters!


phdigitalOn our PhDigital app you can search for books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, digital titles and more. Reserve or renew items, and browse our latest reading lists. Check out our exciting events calendar, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also call or email us. We are here for you!  Don't want to clutter your wallet with another plastic card?  The app works as a library card too!  Give a try on iOS and Android.


Need help with homework? The Patrick Heath Public Library provides free online homework help through Tutor.com. Tutoring is available in all core K-12 subjects – math, science, English, social studies and writing, including AP level assistance.  Between noon and midnight, students can connect to a live tutor from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. ASVAB quizzes and GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT practice tests are also available.  Tutor.com is provided free charge thanks to funding provided by the Boerne Public Library Foundation.  Apps available on iOS and Android.


RBDigital brings access to digital graphic novels and comics from Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dungeons and Dragons and more to library patrons on any Web-connected device. 

  • View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
  • Check out and read titles through iOS and Android Mobile Apps.
  • Browse by genre, publisher, and comic - then instantly check out your favorites.
  • Access comics whenever you want them - no holds or waiting.

OverDriveDownloadable books and audiobooks and streaming video, available anywhere anytime directly to your tablet, cellphone or computer! Click the image to try it and login with your library card and last name. Remember to try the Libby App on iOS and Android for a modern, friendly app experience.

Click Here for Cloud LibraryThe cloudLibrary allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks from Patrick Heath Public Library anywhere you have an Internet connection on your tablet, cellphone, or computer.  Downloaded items will be available even offline.  Try out the cloudLibrary app on iOS and Android.  

Reading Corner

Alex AWARDS Winners
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
morris seal
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first given in 2009, honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.
Printz Seal
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Boerne ISD
Boerne Independent School District Summer Reading Assignments are available for the current school year for Pre-AP and AP students attending either Middle School or High School in the district.

Boerne Reads YA's 2018 Best of the Best
Boerne Reads YA 1 member
A place to find and discuss Young Adult Books sponsored by the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, TX.

Our 2018-yalsa-top-ten-best-fiction shelf

Eliza and Her Monsters
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Goodbye Days
The Hate U Give
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Long Way Down
Piecing Me Together
Strange the Dreamer
What Girls Are Made Of

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    Writer's Roundtable, CANCELED The Writer's Roundtable meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, to work on writing works in pro...
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    Teacup Techie, CANCELED Do you have any technical assistance needs? If so, bring in your laptop, tablet, or other device fo...
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    Bookshop Under The Windmill Open 10 am to 2 pm The Bookshop Under the Windmill is open Wed - Sat. Find some great books, magazines, and movies... ...
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