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Library NExT

Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students on topics including circuits, Python programming language, virology, and 55+ other STEAM courses. Initially started as a pilot program at six San Diego libraries in 2017, it has expanded to 24 locations in 2021 with plans to be offered at all City of San Diego library locations. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.

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For more information, contact us at LibraryNext@sandiego.gov.
Admit One College Prep Academy

Free SAT/ACT test preparation classes.
Registration for Winter 2022 coming soon.
Manage Your Future

Free college and career pathway program.

Fall 2021 Virtual Library NExT Programs

   Fall 2021 Virtual Library NExT Courses are here!

Programs from October through December are either live online via Zoom or on-site. Please read descriptions carefully to determine each program’s format. Registration opens approximately one month prior to course date for all programs. If supplies are needed for virtual programs, you will receive an email directing you to an open library branch location to pick up your supplies. Zoom links for virtual programs will be emailed out with reminder emails.


Upcoming Programs

Jan 2212pm - 3pm

Manage Your Future

Teens, Emerging Adults

Jan 221pm - 2:30pm

Virtual Improv and Acting Games

Elementary School Age

Jan 222pm - 3:30pm
Jan 244pm - 5:30pm

Virtual Craftronics

Middle School Age

For a full schedule, please see our Calendar of Events.

STEAM Videos

The San Diego Public Library is excited to present a series of videos for our Library NExT STEAM programs! These fun videos will inspire and engage students of all ages to keep up on their STEAM studies while experiencing STEAM subjects and entertaining exploration!
For more Library NExT videos click here!


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The Great Geography Clues Game
Do you have what it takes to earn the crown of The Great Geography Clues Game? You will be exploring the world, while given several clues along the way in order to guess the famous place or city in question. Take the quiz and then challenge your family and friends to beat your score. Good luck!


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Glowies: Crafting with Instamorph
Learn about plastic casting and electronics with Instamorph - a safe, non-toxic, low temperature thermoplastic. Similar to hot glue but you can mold it, or shape it by hand. When it cools, it turns hard again. Put an LED in it while it's soft and attach a coin cell battery to make a "Glowie". The molds are also easy to make, from 100% silicone and cornstarch.


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Tiny Houses: Mini Architecture
Learn all about the tiny house design process.


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Craftronics: Popsicle Stick Flashlight
Learn how to create a simple circuit flashlight project using the items around the house like popsicle sticks, binder clips and aluminum foil.


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Introduction to Python Programming
Get a jump start into python programming. This video covers the installation of python with Anaconda, print statements, and variables. After viewing the video, you have a chance to study python programming with a free textbook provided in the links below.


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SketchUp is a free 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architecture, furniture design, 3D printing, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. In this short video, you will learn how to build a simple 3D object using basic commands and tools which will allow you to turn all your ideas into 3 dimensions.


This project is funded in whole or in part with the State of California, administered by the California State Library, and with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

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