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The Santa Maria Public Library offers books and programming for children of all ages and their families. From story time to STEAM, and from live entertainment to craft time, SMPL helps establish a love of reading and learning at every age.

Homework Help is available at the Santa Maria (main) library, the Los Alamos branch, and online with a list of helpful websites. Visit the Homework Help webpage for hours and information.

Family Afternoon Story Time is a special program featuring stories, movies, and a craft. Themes rotate regularly but the fun is always there!

Afternoon Art Time is a monthly program that offers a creativity break and art instruction after school for elementary aged children, 6-12.

Game On! The Library regularly offers Lego club, Wii play time, and other recreational and educational programs for school aged kids.

Visit the Library calendar for more information on these and other Youth Services programs.

Digital Resources for Elementary Students:

 Graphic-Mission e-books  

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.


Story Place
Story Place is a children’s digital learning library. With stories and activities for children of all ages, Story Place brings the fun of the library online.

 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.

Other Youth Resources:

Brittanica Escolar - Age-appropriate Spanish-language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.

Encyclopedia Brittanica (School edition) - Age-appropriate English-language encyclopedias for elementary, middle, and high school. 

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.

NASA LIFTS - The NASA Library Initiative for Teachers and Students provides patrons with unique STEM literacy resources.