San Diego Library Programs for Kids
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SAN DIEGO PUBLIC & COUNTY LIBRARIES - Kids Programs
City Libraries: www.sandiego.gov/public-library | @sdpubliclibrary
County Libraries: www.sdcl.org/index.html | @sdcountylibrary
One of our favorite activities is joining the local library kids programs. The hip hop dance story time is one of our favorites, but we've been regulars at the kids concerts, ice cream socials and winter snow days. We always join the Summer & Winter Reading programs, mostly for the fun prizes like museum tickets and pizza vouchers. The library kids programs have given us so many special memories and a constant feeling of connection to our community.
Scroll down to the bottom for kids programs and links.
What Is It
Libraries have weekly classes like kids story times, baby sign language, kids yoga, arts & crafts, homework help, movie nights and even kids music concerts. But they also have lots of seasonal programs, contests & challenges that change throughout the year like the Summer & Winter Reading Programs. Some of these special programs offer fun prizes like free tickets to local museums or food vouchers for sub sandwiches or pizza when you turn in your reading log.
Why We Love It
The best part about kids library programs is they're ALL FREE! My kids love having their own library card as a sense of pride and responsibility they take very seriously. Scanning books and checking them out with their card is one of their favorite things to do. I've met many friends at libraries over the years and it gives my kids a sense of community. It's important for kids to grow up having a place where they're always welcome and to provide them with a sense of belonging somewhere.
Good To Know:
There are so many different classes and schedules so if your local branch schedule or offerings don't work out, try another location and you might find something more interesting that works out better. We love library hopping to see how each library branch is different.
Each library has different features that set them all apart! Some have cute kids play areas or even a stream outside on the back patio, while others are walking distance to great coffee or ice cream shops, nearby playgrounds, trails, duck ponds or even on a trolley stop.
SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATES
- JANUARY 2021 -
IN-PERSON services are limited at these 12 San Diego Public Library locations.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm
Closed 1-2 pm for cleaning.
- Central Library
- Carmel Valley Library
- College-Rolando Library
- La Jolla/Riford Library
- Logan Heights Library
- Mira Mesa Library
- Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library
- Mission Valley Library
- Point Loma/Hervey Library
- Rancho Bernardo Library
- San Ysidro Library
- Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
CONTACTLESS PICKUPS are available at these 13 locations:
- Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library
- City Heights/Weingart Library
- Linda Vista Library
- North Clairemont Library
- North University Community Library
- Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
- Rancho Peñasquitos Library
- San Carlos Library
- Scripps Miramar Library
- Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
- Skyline Hills Library
- Tierrasanta Library
- University Community Library
BOOK RETURNS to drop off books are open at ALL 36 library locations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
KIDS PROGRAMS - SDPL City Library
City Libraries: www.sandiego.gov/public-library
Searchable Library Calendar of Events - here
Searchable by branch location, activity type, age, etc. This is where you'll find all of the kids programs like yoga, story times, baby sign language classes, arts & crafts times, etc. Each library has different programs on different dates, so it's best to look up your local library branch and those nearby to see what each one has to offer and when.
ONLY VIRTUAL EVENTS are currently listed here, but you'll still find story times, arts & craft times, etc. Those that require materials like craft projects will have details about picking them up from your local library.
2021 Winter Reading Program - here
WHEN: Jan. 1 - Feb. 28, 2021
(dates have been extended to 2/28/21!)
WHAT: Read 5 books OR 5 hours. Turn in your reading log online. Show up to an IN-PERSON library to collect your prizes!
WHO: all ages 0-100!
PRIZES: 1 pass to the Museum of Us, 1 free Subway sandwich, 1 cute coloring puzzle (kids), 1 doodle lined journal (adults)
Recommended Literature Lists - here
Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books, children's chapter books, and young adult titles. Full-text book reviews, teacher resources, thematic units, and book talks are available (library card required for access.)
Virtual Hub - here
Link to the SDPL Facebook group where Library Staff and partnering organizations offer daily virtual programs for all ages including: dance parties, read alouds, crafts & DIY, booktalks, and more! Access to our library buildings is very limited, but the fun never stops in our virtual club.
Free Virtual Homework Help for Grades K-18 - here
Homework help is available to students and their families for free. Math, English and science help will be available everyday. Email registration is required to connect with the DYH@L Virtual Homework Help program. Email DYHAL@SanDiego.gov with your student’s name, grade and which session they would like to attend. Click link for schedule and details.
Library NExT - here
A series of 2 hour workshops for elementary, middle and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits, space and 64 + other STEAM subjects. This program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten - here
An easy, fun and free program that puts children on the path to success. And yes, you can read 1,000 books. If you read just three books a day, you’ll reach your goal within one year. But even if you read just one book per day, you’ll reach the goal of 1,000 books in three years.
Binford I CAN Too! Accessibility Center - here
The San Diego Public Library is proud to broaden its service range to include children with accessibility needs and their caregivers. Technology in the center allows these children to more fully enjoy what the Denny Sandford Children’s Library has to offer. A child can begin to use the available space and equipment in the Center once a parent or caregiver meets with the I CAN, Too! Librarian to assess the child’s needs, determine the appropriateness of services and provide an orientation.