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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. Arrangements for visits must be made several weeks 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. If you would like the Bookmobile to come to your location or event, please click here to fill out the interactive form.

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:


Guided research and learning resources, reference solutions, and e-books available free in this database. Provided by the California State Library.


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. Provided by the California State Library through the K-12 Online Content Project.



Additional Educator Resources:  One-stop access for California K-12 Online Content During the Covid Crisis — offered by the California State Library.

Musical Explorers A free music curriculum from Carnegie Hall, a one-stop shop for all the resources you need to bring cultural diversity to your classroom/family room — through real artists who share authentic music from their cultures.

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.


Book Connections: Boost reading power with book and author resources, audio performances, discussion questions, author interviews, vocabulary lists and more.   Provided by the California State Library through the K-12 Online Content Project.

Book Connections

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