Kids and Teens
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
Do Your Homework @ The Library
Opening Fall 2014. Got homework? Get one-on-one assistance from a "Homework Coach" at one of 18 libraries throughout the city of San Diego - including the new Central Library - this school year.
A new, 21st century high school located on the Central Library's 6th and 7th floors, e3 Civic High is set start its second year in the fall of 2014. Visit www.e3civichigh.com for detailed information.
Admit One College Prep Academy
Program aimed at giving high school students a jump start on the college admissions process. The 2014 Fall series will be hosted at our Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library from October 14 - November 6. A complete schedule of sessions is listed on the application.
Annual Student Writing
for Literacy Library Essay Contest
Write the winning essay! Receive recognition. Win fabulous prizes.
- 18th Annual Contest Submissions are being taken until Friday, December 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
- See the winning essays from the 17th Annual Contest
Family passes for participating museums:
- The New Children's Museum
- The San Diego Museum of Art
- The San Diego Museum of Man
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 the KUSI morning show featured Youth Service Librarian Bill Sannwald and Library Aide Jay Rosso discussing their new class for teens, Introduction to "Turntablism" that teaches teens how to use turntables as musical instruments.
See the KUSI video clip. (4:00 minutes)