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.

Summer Reading Program

Read to the Rhythm!
Our annual Summer Reading Program is up and running! Kids (infant thru age 18) may sign-up to read (or listen) and earn incentive prizes in our unique program meant to foster learning and fun! Read More . . . .


Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.


Free Academic Help at All Levels. Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don’t simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.

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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?


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.