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

  • Please call your local community Library, or the Central Library's Sanford Children's Library at (619) 236-5800.
  • 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 with a relaxed environment to encourage teens to hang out and collaborate;
    • iPads, iPad Minis, Chromebooks, and eReaders available; and
    • media gaming room with an onsite snack bar.


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Middle and High School Students will read “Pretty Monsters” (or any story in the collection), RE-IMAGINE the images and themes and CREATE a project in a medium important to them.

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National History Day makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.

 For other questions or concerns, call (619) 236-5800 or email [email protected]

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