Kids and Teens

Photo of young chess club player ready for an opponent at Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library

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.

Announcements


    2016 Summer Reading Program

Ready, set, READ! It’s time for Read for the Win!, this year’s summer reading program. The program is open to all ages and will run from June 15 through August 15, 2016. Sign-up now to join the summer reading fun and earn exciting prizes! Learn more and sign up...

    Digital Media Arts Exhibition

Open to all middle and high school students in San Diego County, the inaugural Digital Media Arts Exhibition will be held at e3 Civic High located in the new downtown Central Library. The Digital Media Arts Exhibition opening awards reception will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view Monday through Friday by appointment from March 16 through April 15, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Homework at the Library    Do Your Homework @ The Library

Got homework? Get personalized assistance at one of the San Diego Public Library locations.
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Picture of library staffe3 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 sixth and seventh floors. Visit www.e3civichigh.com 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 Fall 2016 series will be hosted at our Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library in October 2016. A complete schedule from Spring 2016 session can be found below as a sample of programs.

Please contact [email protected] or (619) 238-6684 for more information or to be added to the Fall 2016 interest list.


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

Contest submissions were accepted for the 19th annual student contest due by Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 3 p.m. Check back here for information about the next contest.


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