Library Services - Youth Services - Overview
The Youth Services staff answers information questions, helps with research, and offers reading suggestions to children and teens, as well as to their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
Each branch has fiction and nonfiction materials appropriate for young people, and a parenting collection for adults. For homework help, every branch offers access to electronic databases specially organized for students of all ages. These databases are also available to any SCPL library cardholder with a PIN number linking to the Library website from non-library computers.
Throughout the year, Youth Services staff offers a variety of programs including storytimes, book discussion groups, chess clubs, anime/manga clubs, and special events. In the summer there is a popular summer reading program for both readers and children being read to which culminates in the Festival of the Book at the end of July.
Year-round, young people aged 10 and older can volunteer at their branch libraries as Young Friends and teens can serve on the Teen Advisory Council.
Parents of children ages 0-3 can participate in a Together@the Library series offered at various branches. Parents and their young children come play in the library and meet community experts on reading readiness, speech and language development, nutrition, child development, and physical fitness.
Families, child care providers, and preschool teachers can also check out READ TO ME kits...developmentally appropriate collections of materials for young children which are organized by theme and contained in sturdy canvas bags.
WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL is a popular program with families of school-aged children. Children and their parents write family stories, illustrate them, and bind the stories into books. Two copies of each book are made: one for the author and one for the Library. The Library copy is cataloged and appears in the library's computer list of holdings.
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Aptos Branch has a chess club for children ages 6 and up that meets Tuesday afternoons at 3:30pm. Downtown has chess instruction with a Master on all Saturdays except the first of the month at 2:00pm.