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

SCPL Teens' Page

Reading By Design

The 2017 Summer Reading Program begins June 1st!
Reading by Design is a summer library program for everyone. Little ones through kids age 17 may register to read or listen and earn Book Books to spend at participating businesses. Adults 18 and older may play LIBRARY BINGO for a chance at some great raffle prizes!

Sign-ups begin June 1st online at:
or in person at any Branch Library

Earn Book Bucks!
One hour of reading = 1 Book Buck. You can earn up to 20 Book Bucks. Track your reading time by filling in the circles on your Reading Log. When you’ve read as much as you’d like, collect your Book Bucks by bringing your Reading Log to any SCPL branch library by August 18.

Collect your Book Bucks at any Branch Library by August 18th

Spend Your Book Bucks!
Santa Cruz County businesses that will honor your Book Bucks are listed on the back of your Reading Log. Please bring your Reading Log and Book Bucks to the store with you when you shop so the merchant can see your participation and record what you spend. And, please thank our generous local businesses who support reading and learning by donating the goods and services you ‘purchase’ with your Book Bucks. It is through their generosity that this incentive program is possible.

Book Bucks EXPIRE on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Or Enter the Raffle with your Bucks!
1 Book Buck = 1 Raffle Ticket. Trade in your Book Bucks for the chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses. The raffle is open to ALL participants in the Summer Reading Program. Winners will be drawn the third week of August. No need to be present, we will contact the winners. Enter the raffle at any branch library when you collect your book bucks by August 18.

Enjoy Programs! Enjoy programs for all ages at all library branches this summer. Check our Summer Reading program calendar at bit.ly/scpl-SummerReading. Check for schedule changes and watch for Pop-Up Programs not listed on print materials, happening at several branches this summer. Watch for special adult programs this summer!

The Festival of the Book!
Harvey West Park on Sunday July 30, 2017 • 1-4pm
Join us for a celebration of reading with light snacks, acrobats, face painting, a Tales to Tails therapy dog, and a chance for kids to shop our Festival Bookstore! All participants receive 1 free book at the Kids Only Book Sale. See you there!

Share your summer at the library by following @SantaCruzPL and using #ReadingByDesign


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.

Browse All Self Help Book Titles and Locations


Browse by Subject


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)