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The Santa Maria Public Library System is a resource for free entertainment and education for teens in junior high school and high school. Teens can access books, music, movies, and study resources at their library branch or online.

Anime Club is a monthly gathering of teens into anime or manga. This is an opportunity to hang with other fans, eat Japanese snacks, and do fun activities. New members are always welcome!

Teen Gaming Fridays are held on select Fridays where teens can play against friends, or kick back and watch the action.

Special Themed Programs are hosted throughout the year, but always offer the chance to learn something new. Whether we are exploring the history of henna tattoos or participating in a murder mystery party or breakout challenge, these events are specially tailored to teens.  

Board of Library Teens (BOLT) is an advisory committee on all things teen at the Santa Maria Public Library. BOLT meets twice per month to decide on upcoming teen programs, help select materials for the teen collection, provide feedback on the Teen Zone, and help run teen programs. This dedicated group of teen volunteers help make the Library a welcoming environment for their peers.

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

Digital Resources for Teens

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OverDrive
OverDrive is home to over 1,000 titles available in eBook or audiobook format for use with an internet capable computer or mobile device.

OverDrive help

 

 Overdrive Logo Overdrive Magazines - The digital magazine service and the world’s largest newsstand, that offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment.
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Enki
Looking for a book title that you cannot locate from your local library or a big store book chain? Find and download books from smaller, independent publishers and self-published authors on Enki.   

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Hoopla
Instantly stream movies, music, and television shows or download audiobooks, comics, and eBooks. New titles are added daily. Titles for all age groups available. Library card required. Due to Hoopla’s popularity and budget constraints, the number of monthly Hoopla checkouts is five. If you are unable to obtain an item, please add it to your favorites.   

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Libby

Libby, by OverDrive is an app that presents OverDrive material in an easy to use format. Borrow eBooks and audiobooks, instantly, for free, using just your mobile device.

Libby Download Tutorial
Tutorial de descarga de Libby

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Duolingo
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.

Other Teen Resources:

Permit Practice Tests - Get ready for your DMV test with these permit practice tests, read handbooks, and see the California DMV frequently asked questions. 

Homeless Youth and Higher Education - Resources, programs and awareness for college students in need.

Tuition Funding Sources - a website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. Information includes: Scholarships, College Search, Career Guidance, Financial Aid Info, Online Degrees, and Student Loans. 

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

SMPL TEEN Volunteers

 

 

The Library is not currently accepting volunteer applications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue to check the website for updates or contact Jenn Harmer at (805) 925-0994 extension 2821 or jharmer@cityofsantamaria.org for more information.  

 

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

Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.

   

         

Need help from Book Connections? See our support page. 800-596-0710 | accounts@bookconnections.org