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.


Community Information Database

The Library's Community Information Database has a TON of resources for teens in Santa Cruz county. Clubs, camps, sports, education and health care are just of few of the many categories of resources listed. Just clicking on the Recreational Activities link alone get you 60+ different resources for things to do around Santa Cruz. Head over to the Community Information Database youth page for more things to do, learn and discover around Santa Cruz.


Teens' Top Ten Nominee's

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted during National Library Week, and teens across the country are encouraged to read as many nominees as they can over the summer.
Readers ages twelve to eighteen will then vote online between August and Teen Read Week to select their favorites. The 10 titles with the most votes become the year’s Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more and to access a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.

Here are three of the nominated titles that are available to read online:
The Inventor's Secret  
Grasshopper Jungle  
The Young Elites  
The Inventor's Secret
By Andrea Cremer
Grasshopper Jungle
By Andrew Smith
The Young Elites
By Marie Lu


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?