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Kids and Teens

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The San Diego Public Library offers a wide array of services to children, teens and young adults.

  • Please call your local community Library, or the Central Library's Sanford Children's Library
  • Many of the City's libraries have special staff for these services, called Youth Services Librarians. When you contact one of the City's libraries, ask for them for special assistance.
  • The Central Library downtown has a teen center, called the Pauline Foster Teen Center, located on the second floor. This beach-themed safe learning environment for teens only includes:
    • 14 computers and two study rooms specially set aside for teens
    • Fun and engaging furniture and relaxed environment to encourage teens to hang out and collaborate
    • iPads, iPad Minis, Chromebooks, and eReaders available for us in the Library
    • Media gaming room and onsite snack bar


Summer Reading Program: Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program: Read to the Rhythm

All ages welcome. Register, read, and win prizes.

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Homework at the Library Do Your Homework @ The Library

Got homework? Get personalized assistance at one of 18 San Diego Public Libraries.

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Picture of library staff e3 Civic High: Engage, Educate, Empower.

Currently in its second year, e3 Civic High is a 21st century high school located on the Central Library's 6th and 7th floors. Visit for more information.

Students sitting on a staircase Admit One College Prep Academy

This free program is aimed at giving high school students a jump start on the college admissions process. The 2015 Fall series will be hosted at our Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library in October. Applications period opens August 2015. Please contact to be added to the interest list.

Picture of student Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest
Write the winning essay! Receive recognition. Win fabulous prizes.

  • 18th Annual Contest Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned in the coming months for contest submissions for the 19th annual student contest in Fall 2015.

Check it out logos Check It Out Museum Pass!

Family passes for participating museums:

  • The New Children's Museum
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • The San Diego Museum of Man

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