Children & Teen Programs
Your support helps the youngest learners build reading skills and succeed in school, prepares area teens for college and careers, and ensures the Library has robust collections, educational programs and technology resources.
Summer Reading Program
Every June to August, all 36 San Diego Public Libraries hold 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. In 2017, more than 38,000 children and teens participated in the program. Collectively, these participants read more than 252,000 books. Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham continues to top the list of most frequently read books during the Summer Reading Program.
Do Your Homework @ the Library
The Do Your Homework @ the Library program offers free access to homework help at 18 libraries throughout San Diego. The program has led more than 117,000 homework help sessions since it began in 2014. Attendance continues to increase, with nearly 40,000 children and teens using the service in the 2017-18 school year. In addition to homework help from education professionals and volunteers, the homework centers offer access to school supplies, materials, online research tools and other digital resources, all within a safe and engaging learning environment.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Research shows that children who are read to often in their early years are more prepared to learn to read when they begin kindergarten, and are more likely to be at the appropriate reading level by third grade. The library’s early literacy program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, encourages parents to read with their children between the ages of 0 and 5. Through the program, parents and caregivers can track their progress online and receive rewards for milestones as they work towards the goal of reading 1,000 books with their child.