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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


Thanks for Playing!

Thanks for Playing!


Thank you for participating in this year’s Summer Reading: Read for the Win! We hope you scored with some fantastic reads and are enjoying prizes earned from completing missions all summer long. A special thanks to the Friends of the Library for their generous support which enabled us to put on 40 all star programs and supplied us with terrific prizes, such as popular teen books, earbuds, e-Readers, and Family Baskets full of fun!

Did you Rock the Vote? Dying to find out who was the last book standing in our dystopian final match? Drumroll please….

The Hunger Games

Loved Fandom Jeopardy? Looking to create more Pixel Pals? Share your favorites with us by voting. Then be sure to visit the Events calendar for more fantastic teen programs all year long.

Field Day Finale at New Location: Newhall Library!

Field Day Finale at New Location: Newhall Library!

Updated Field Day

As I’m sure you’re aware, the recent events regarding the Sand Fire in the Canyon Country area has had extreme effects on the quality of the air here in town. In order to make sure that participants of our Summer Reading program have the best possible experience at the finale, Field Day will now be taking place in the Old Town Newhall Library; it will begin at the same time on Saturday, 9:00am-12:00pm. Our activities will be spread throughout the first floor of the library, with our Twinkle Time performance taking place in the Community Room.

We hope to see you there!

For the Win!

For the Win!
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This summer has been host to a number of teen events from creating Charmander during Pixel Pals, playing for Starburst during Fandom Jeopardy or creating paper gems in Development Lab. Maybe your favorite was playing Chocolate Unicorn during Minute to Win It, becoming a Wii All Star during Level Up, watching a double feature as part of Highlight Reel or catching up on summer school work during Summer Study Hall. Share your top 2 favorite events with us by voting below!

What was YOUR favorite teen Summer Reading program?

  • Fandom Jeopardy (57%, 4 Votes)
  • Pixel Pals (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Life-Size Game (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Development Lab (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Minute to Win It (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Level Up! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Highlight Reel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Summer Study Hall (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Once Upon a Time…

Once Upon a Time…

Fairy Tales all of kinds have been re-told and re-imagined by numerous authors. Signed up for Summer Reading? As part of your 5 Book Summer Challenge check out a few of these titles to read and earn a digital badge in the process when you mark off titles from the “Once Upon a Time” teen reading list.

WNW QH Unhooked S&S
TW FW SQ Cinder
OUD 1000 days Mechanica TL

Pop into your local Santa Clarita Library branch to find these and other versions of classic fairy tales.


Summer Reading starts Monday June 13th!

Summer Reading starts Monday June 13th!


The Santa Clarita Public Library invites all teens to participate in Summer Reading 2016: Read for the Win! Register online at SCVsummerreading.com or come in to any of our 3 Santa Clarita Library branches.This summer offers teens opportunities to earn a pair of earbuds, FREE BOOKS, a chance to win an eReader or a chance to win a basket of Family Fun!


Join your teen librarians for a variety of exciting programs each week. Come in and ask for us to learn special codes toward earning prizes.

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