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.


Teens Self Help Collection

SCPL Teens' Page

Most of the Santa Cruz Public Library branches (and the Bookmobile) have Teen Self Help collections. These books may be borrowed by anyone on the HONOR SYSTEM — whether you have a library card or not.

How this works:

If the book you want has a label on the front cover saying it's part of the Teen Self Help Collection, you can borrow it for as long as you need it, without checking it out. Please return the book to any branch when you're finished with it so that others can read it too.

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YALSA Teens' Top Ten books of 2016

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is October 9-15, 2016! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 17, 2016, so check back to see the winners!

Vote for up to 3 Books – THIS VOTING IS FOR TEENS ONLY


Homework Help & R.E.A.D.

Homework Help
Available free to all students under 18 years of age from Oct 2 - May 25, 2017. No appointment is needed.

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach, Scotts Valley
Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Week of October 2, 2016 to May 25, 2017

Holidays/Breaks Schedule:
Thanksgiving week: November 22 & 23
Winter break: December 18, 2016 to January 16, 2017 (resuming on 1/17/2017)

R.E.A.D. (Reach for Every Amazing Detail) is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 30 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher! By appointment only. (Please, no drop-ins!) To make an appointment contact Programming at:

831- 427-7717

Tuesdays 3-5p: Dowtown
Wednesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

October 2, 2016 to May 25, 2017

Holidays/Breaks Schedule:
Thanksgiving: November 22 & 23
Winter break: December 18, 2016 to January 16 (resuming on 1/17/2017)


2016 Amelia Bloomer List

SCPL Teens' Page

"We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to action, is a definitive answer to the oft-repeated question, “why feminism?” In a world where this question is still being raised, the Amelia Bloomer Project exists to honor and celebrate the exemplary feminist responses provided in literature for readers ages 0 to 18."

March is Women's History Month and the The Santa Cruz Public Libraries has each and every one of the titles on the 2016 Amelia Bloomer List of feminist literature. The list presents well-written and illustrated books with strong feminist messages published in the past 18 months that are recommended for young people from birth through eighteen years of age. It is a list of quality fiction and nonfiction titles that affirm positive roles for girls and women.

Printable Brochure of Teen Titles from the 2016 List:

Printable Brochure of Kids’ (Early Readers & Middle Grade) Titles from the 2016 List: