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Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

We value each and every teen volunteer who shares their time with our library. The Santa Clarita Public Library can’t say enough about the incredible teens who volunteer with us, and who become the heart of our special events, fun teen programming, and general operation of library services.


Volunteer work can range from being here during our Summer Reading Program, assisting with shelving duties, being involved in our Teen Advisory Board, and being a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor for our digital literacy program.


This summer, we were thrilled to be approached by Leo Ouyang, a high school senior who was interested in teaching computer languages. Leo wanted to spend his summer volunteering with us for Summer Reading and as a volunteer instructor. His passion about computer science was evident during his sessions, where he used free online web platforms to demonstrate the basics of Python and C++.  Participants in his class practiced writing strings of code, including how to write a program that would do simple mathematical equations in order of operation.  Class attendance skill level ranged from intermediate knowledge to those who had never heard of the computer languages before.


Thanks Leo!



What motivated you to become a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor over the summer?


I had always been interested in teaching and computer science. So I figured, why not do something I love with a subject I love?


How did you learn computer languages? In school, self-taught, online courses?


I self-taught C++ (my first language), took online courses for Python, HTML, and CSS, and went to school for Java.


Why do you think it’s important to teach coding?


Computers are our future. They will play an increasingly large role within our lives as time passes. Learning to work with them will be as important as working with humans.

What was the best thing about volunteering your time this summer with Santa Clarita Public Library?


It was meeting new people and bringing them together. Even though I only had a few students, they all came from drastically different backgrounds yet we all found unity in an interest in computer science.

Tell us something surprising about yourself!


I was first inspired to code by playing video games, notably, Minecraft.

Get involved!


Teens ages 14 and up can assist with many activities such as organizing, shelving, helping children with their Homework and with after-school programs. All teens are required to be interviewed or attend an orientation. In order to be scheduled for an interview/orientation, please click on the link “sign-up to volunteer” and complete the application process. Be sure to indicate which library you are applying too.


Make your voice heard! Be part of your local Teen Advisory Board.


Help shape teen services at the library.

Acquire leadership skills AND earn volunteer service hours.

Interact with other Santa Clarita area teens.

New members are always welcome!

Enjoy snacks.

TAB meetings are held monthly during the school year, September through May (unless otherwise noted), at your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library.


For more information on the Teen Advisory Board, click here


To sign up as a volunteer, click here


Library Career Resources

Library Career Resources
School is almost out so it’s time to start applying to those summer jobs!
Your eLibrary has a wealth of information for FREE! We have career resources that include LIVE job coaches, practice videos to nail your next interview and more! Make sure you have your library barcode number handy and click on the links below:
Learning Express provides the most comprehensive selection of educational resources—including more than 1,000 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement.

JobNow – Provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job.

Here are 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to improve your resume!

Inauguration Days

Inauguration Days


Inauguration Day is fast approaching; every four years on January 20th at noon the individual elected to be the president of the United States takes their oath and is officially sworn into office. This, like many other aspects of the U.S. election system is full of traditions that at this point have spanned decades. Where did these traditions come from? Have they always been in place since the beginning of our presidential system, or did they develop over time?


Did you know:

  • William Henry Harrison had the longest inaugural speech of any president, but the shortest term.
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the only president not to be sworn in with the bible.
  • Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953, was the beginning of the January 20th inauguration trend.
  • The inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to take place on an airplane, and the first oath of office administered by a woman.


Interested in finding out more quirky presidential facts? Check out the Library of Congress’ Resource Guide here!

It’s Time To Vote!

It’s Time To Vote!


For many of you, it may be your first opportunity to vote in this election. As many of you know, this election has been particularly contentious; however, please don’t let that dissuade you from voting. If you haven’t voted already (some of you may have through mail-in-ballots or early voting) tomorrow is election day and time to go out and use your new ability to make your voice heard.

Some of you may have heard the words “My vote doesn’t really matter” this election. With how stressful the election season can be sometimes it can feel easier to just say that you’re singular vote won’t make a big difference and try to separate yourself from it. Remember, your vote does matter, and not just for the presidential election. Not only will the candidate elected for President of the United States be the one to choose who will fill the the empty seat on the Supreme Court, a decision that could have an impact far longer than the four year term we’re electing a president for, there are also numerous decisions about other candidates from state to local and countless propositions that will effect the state of California.

Did you know that there are seventeen different propositions that will also be decided during this election? Everything from medication costs to the death penalty to educational funding are mentioned. Because there is so much focus on the presidential election, sometimes these are viewed as less important, a fact that can make votes of individuals even more important.

Not sure where to vote? Check out this site and just put in your address to find out where your polling place is!

Good luck, get out there, and vote!

Long Live Banned Books Week

Long Live Banned Books Week

BBW bm It is time again to celebrate the many controversial, confrontational, and vital books that have transformed our world… one reader at a time.  Over 33 years ago, Banned Books Week was started by the American Library Association as a reaction to the great number of books being challenged in libraries, schools and bookstores.  Every year the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom sponsors a “Banned Books Week” and publishes a list of the Top 10 Banned or Challenged books of the year.  More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. In 2014 alone, there were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom and those are only the ones that were reported.  Of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014, six were YA titles! These included recent blockbusters like The Hunger Games as well as classics like To Kill a Mockingbird.

Join us as we commemorate another year of defending the freedom of information, anti-censorship policies, and the freedom to read.  This year, Banned Book Week focuses on Young Adult books and runs from September 27th until October 3rd.  Each of our libraries will offer an opportunity to take a photo with a banned book, create your own Banned Book button and give you the chance to match the banned book with the reasons it was banned. Check out the dates and times below. Until then, bone up on your banned books by taking a look at these titles and the reasons that they were challenged or banned.  Happy Reading and we hope to see you there!



ATDPTIThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Alexie, Sherman

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence and “depictions of bullying”.




Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye  by Salinger, J. D.

Reasons: Sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group.




 ForeverForever by Blume, Judy

Reasons: Sexual content and offensive language.



 The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games by Collins, Suzanne

Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic and violence.




Thirteen Reasons Why13 Reasons Why by Asher, Jay

Reasons: “unsuitable for the targeted age group”, containing offensive language and sexually explicit text, and “references to suicide, drugs, alcohol, and smoking.”




TheChocolate WarThe Chocolate War by Cormier, Robert

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit and violence.




Whale TalkWhale Talk by Crutcher, Chris

Reasons: Racism and offensive language.




LushLush by Friend, Natasha

Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.



To Kill a MockingbirdTo kill a Mockingbird by Lee, Harper

Reasons: offensive language, racism and unsuited to age group.




The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round ThingsThe Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Mackler

Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.



Jacket30PDPID0 ttfn by Myracle, Lauren

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.




Gossip GirlGossip Girl by Von Ziegesar, Cecily

Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.