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Children & Teen Programs

Your support helps the youngest learners build reading skills and succeed in school and prepares area teens for college and careers. Donor support is crucial to building robust collections, ensuring educational programs and providing needed technology and online resources.

Summer Reading Program

Each June to August, your branch library holds Summer Reading Program activities that motivate kids and teens to discover recreational reading and prepare them to return to school confident and ready to learn. Research shows that summer breaks cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students disproportionately affected. The Summer Reading Program reduces this “summer slide.”

For over 91 years, the library’s popular Summer Reading Program has helped more than 1.2 million children and teens. In 2014, more than 35,000 children and teens participated, a record level of participation and a 30 percent increase over the prior year. Collectively, these participants read more than 273,000 books.

Additionally, the Library served more than 5,500 meals to children and teens participating in the Summer Reading Program at the Central Library and the Malcolm X/Valencia Park and  Logan Heights Branch Libraries.

Children’s Collections

Children’s books are literally loved to death at the library. The most popular titles, like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Harry Potter are read again and again. Pages become smudged and torn, covers dirtied and worn. These titles need to be replaced regularly. You can help buy a book for the library and a special treasure for an area child.

Isabel Schon International Center for Spanish Books for Youth

The Center at the San Diego Public Library is an internationally recognized circulating library promoting literacy and reading. The Center provides broad access to high-quality books for children and teens in Spanish and in English about Latino people and culture. This collection, launched by the late Dr. Isabel Schon, is internationally recognized for the quality of its selections. Visit here for more information.

“Without the Library, I would not be able to supply my class with enough new books to help them grow and learn.”— Bridget Heffernan - Preschool teacher

Student Resources

A series of online and in-library resources help prepare students for school success. The Library’s Online Homework Help connects students kindergarten through adult with expert tutors for one-on-one help with homework assignments in math, science, English and social studies.

Each branch library offers special areas where children access books, materials, internet and library databases geared to school curriculum. Staff help children with homework assignments and research. And, the Central Library’s Union Bank Homework Center offers an after school tutoring and homework help program.