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The Santa Maria Public Library offers educators resources and services, both in our branches and online. We encourage you to make the Santa Maria Public Library a partner in your classroom!

Tours and Class Visits are available for you to bring your class to the Library for a special Story Time and to tour the Children’s Library. Or, on select Mondays and Tuesdays, Youth Services Librarians are available to come to your class with a book talk or storytelling. Arrangements for visits must be made several months in advance.

School and Community Outreach is an important part of the library’s mission. We would love to be a part of your school or community event to promote literacy and the resources of the Santa Maria Public Library.

Contact Youth Services for more information on educator resources and how to partner with the Santa Maria Public Library at (805)925-0994 extension 8564 or 

Digital Resources for Educators:

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California Mission e-books
The California Mission e-books are designed to help students research the missions of California. When prompted use:

Username: ca missions Password: ca missions    

Reading is Fundamental
The Nation’s largest children’s literacy organization. Reading is fundamental provides information on literacy programs.


 teaching_books_Library is an online database of useful materials that complement children’s and young adult’s books. Use the site to find short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides and more.



Additional Educator Resources:

NoveList - A fiction reader's advisory database. Find books by the same author, or similar books by another author. Browse by subject, genre, and theme for over 150,000 titles. Reviews, book discussion guides and annotated book lists constantly updated.

Recommended Literature List - Collection of outstanding literature for children and adolescents in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in all disciplines from the California Department of Education.

Toucan Social Studies fact cards - Facts Cards cover California, the United States, and World topics included in the social studies curriculum for California students in grades four through eight.