Teens @ SCPL


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries has a variety of resources available to help you. Use the links on the left to find resources on a wide variety of topics.

Driver Safety for Teen Drivers

The California Highway Patrol offers driver safety program for Teen Drivers. Join Brad Sadek, Public Information Officer for the CHP for this free and informative workshop. Click for more information

Driver Safety for Teen Drivers



National Dance Week

April 24th - May 3rd, 2015 is National Dance Week. To help prepare for one of the many events check out these great titles at the library:

Popular dance : from ballroom to hip-hop         TuTuMuch         Dancing across borders: danzas y bailes Mexicanos         Dance fitness for beginners workout        

Popular dance: from ballroom to hip-hop by Karen Lynn Smith. Introduces the history, religious significance, national styles, and basic steps of dance.

TuTuMuch (DVD). A story of what it takes to become a dancer, through the eyes of nine young girls from around the world. These girls have been given the chance of a lifetime, a four-week-long summer audition to get into a professional ballet school. Which girl will prove to be the dancer they are looking for? Who will have the passion, the drive, and the endurance to make it? And will she and her family be ready to make the sacrifices?

Dancing across borders : danzas y bailes Mexicanos edited by Olga Najera-Ramiirez, Norma E. Cantu, and Brenda M. Romero. Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos focuses specifically on Mexican dance practices on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The essays explore various types of Mexican popular and traditional dances and address questions of authenticity, aesthetics, identity, interpretation, and research methodologies in dance performance.

Dance fitness for beginners workout (DVD). Who knew getting a full-body, cardio workout could be so much fun! Urban Street Heat is more like a dance party than an aerobics class as MaDonna Grimes makes working out fun in this fresh and funky program. You'll have a great time performing the routine, which combines attitude, street style, and easy-to-follow dance steps. The hip-hop freestyle routines, designed for women and men, are bursting with style and energy and you'll learn some fresh new moves to really spice up your workout.



2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected a list of the best young adult fiction for 2015. Check out some of these great books at the Santa Cruz Public Library! For the full list of books click here.

The carnival at Bray         The crossover         The gospel of winter         I'll give you the sun         Jackaby

The carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley. Maggie has only recently moved to Ireland when tragedy strikes and her goal becomes seeing Nirvana perform in Rome.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Josh, aka Filthy, is a twin, a talented basketball star, and a son who adores his father but discovers parents are not infallible.

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely. As Aidan’s family disintegrates, he turns to Father Greg for love and comfort, an act that transforms into something dark and unexpected.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Artistically gifted twins, Jude and Noah, tell their compelling family story in rich alternating voices.

Jackaby by William Ritter. Answering an odd help-wanted ad that cautions “Do not stare at the frog,” Abigail finds that her life is about to change in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

Noggin         The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim         Vango. Between sky and earth          We were liars         The Young Elites

Noggin by John Corey Whaley. Travis Coates has lost his head—literally. Dying of leukemia, he has had his noggin surgically removed and cryogenically frozen. But when he’s revived, all is not the same as it once was.

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim. By E. K. Johnston. Dragons live everywhere and they’re threatening to exterminate a Canadian town unless dragon slayer Owen, and his bard Siobhan, come up with a plan to save them all.

Vango by Timothee de Fombelle. Moments before his ordination as a priest, 19-year-old Vango, falsely accused of murder, must flee for his life.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Suffering from serious injuries, Cadence doesn’t remember much from the summer of her fifteenth year on Beechwood Island. Two years later, she returns to try to fill in the gaps.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu. An intense fantasy about Adelina, an outsider girl who is rescued by the legendary Reaper, the leader of the Young Elites. But can Adelina keep her friends and sister safe?



Homework Help

Homework Help for the 2014/15 school year will start October 6th and run through May 28, 2015. Our homework coaches are available every week at the following locations:

  • Scotts Valley • Mondays & Tuesdays, 3pm - 5pm
  • La Selva Beach • Tuesdays, 3pm - 5pm
  • Garfield Park • Wednesdays, 3pm - 5pm
  • Boulder Creek • Wednesdays, 3pm - 5pm
  • Downtown • Thursdays, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Homework Help is available to all students under 18 years of age. No appointment is needed. Bilingual assistance is available at all sites.

Thanks to our Homework Help sponsors: The Friends of the La Selva Beach Library and The Wedeen Hammer Group at Morgan Stanley.