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We want to make your child’s library experience is both positive and engaging. Come enjoy our welcoming spaces, collections, and services designed for babies through teens.

Library Youth Services is located on the first floor of the Santa Maria Public Library and is equipped with youth friendly computer stations, activities, and books for every age group and reading level. A special teen zone is adjacent to the Children’s Library.

Programs and Events are regularly offered by the Youth Services staff. View upcoming programs and events on the online Library calendar

Book Club in a Bag Kits are available in youth titles to encourage youth engagement. Click here to learn more about the Book Club in a Bag program.

STEAM Kits to facilitate learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math for preschool and elementary school aged children are available to check out at the main library and branch locations.

Digital Resources for Families:

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ABC Mouse (Access is available only within the Library)
ABC Mouse helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. For kids ages 2 to 6. 

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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. 

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PBS Kids
With PBS Kids you can read stories, listen to music, play games and color along with your favorite characters.

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

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TeachingBooks.net 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.
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A free resource for learning English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and many more languages. Create a profile to save your work. Select your native language and then select the language you wish to learn.


Additional Family 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.

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.

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