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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


NaNoWriMo: We’re Halfway There!

NaNoWriMo: We’re Halfway There!


For those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month, whether you’re striving to become the next big author of our time or simply because of a deep enjoyment of writing, congratulations for taking part in this creative journey. As of today, we are just about half-way through our writing journey through November. Keep up the good work and keep that word count going!

Do remember that if you need a nice place to focus and keep wrwitign without the many distractions that you may have at home, the library is a great place to visit!  Each of our libraries not only have space to spread out and get to work in a more distraction-free environment, we also have many resources that may help with your writing struggles. We have numerous books for everything from writing short stories to mysteries to science-fiction. Take a look at some of these if you need inspiration. Even take a look at such books as The Curiosities or The Anatomy of Curiosity wherein real authors write notes in the margins of their short-stories about their process, their editing,and comment on one another’s writing.

We have our finale celebrations for each branch coming at the end of the month:

  • Valencia: 11/29 4-6p.
  • Newhall: 11/30 3:30-5:30
  • Canyon Country: 11/30 6:30-7:30p

Good luck, and keep writing!


*Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

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!

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read With Banned Books Week!

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read With Banned Books Week!


Did you know that Charlotte’s Web, just ten years ago, was banned from some libraries in Kansas because “talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural”, or that the Diary of Anne Frank was once restricted because it may be “too depressing” for young readers?”

Throughout history books have been banned or restricted from access by those that would rather simply remove a book rather than read, think, and engage. Many of these are books that you may recognize: Alice in Wonderland (talking animals, again), 1984 (pro-communism), Lord of the Flies (depressing, again), Looking For Alaska (language, and content unsuited for the age-group), The Giver (for discussion relating to death). Each of these books are intense but amazing, and there are so many more.

Librarians,  however, wish to make books and information accessible to as many people as possible. These are the stories that make people think, that take people on adventures, that inspire readers.

Join us this week in celebrating Banned Book Week, where we feature books for all ages that for some reason or another have been contested, restricted, or banned throughout the years. We’ll also be having a Banned Books related activity at each of our branches:

  • Valencia Public Library: September 27th, 4-6p
  • Newhall Library: September 27th, 3:30-5:30p
  • Canyon Country Library: September 27th, 4-6p.

If you’re interested in more statistics as to why books are banned, and by who, take a look here.

Celebrate Your Favorite Fandoms With Fandom Fridays!

Celebrate Your Favorite Fandoms With Fandom Fridays!


Summer is unfortunately over, but we’re getting back into the swing of things here at the library with some of your favorite programs! Come join us on September 16th for Fandom Fridays!

For those craving a taste of some more pixel art after Pixel Pals during Summer Reading, the Canyon Country Library will be making even more perler bead fandom tributes with Character Creations. It will be taking place in the teen area from 4-5:30p.

For those looking for another fix of fandoms, the Newhall library will be celebrating them by making themed bookmarks of your favorite shows, movies, or universes. You can also test your knowledge with a quick round of Fandom Jeopardy, with trivia ranging from no-brainers to brain wracking questions featuring all different fandom categories. Fandom Fridays will be in the Teen Area of the Newhall Library from 3:30-5p.

Finally, September marks the beginning of a new round of Fandom Fridays programming partnered with our local Barnes & Noble. Every other month we will have a Fandom Fridays meeting in the Barnes & Noble at 23630 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita, each time focusing on a new fandom! Come join us this month from 7-8p while we focus on everything Percy Jackson, from trivia, to activities, to finding out which cabin you would call home!

  • Canyon Country – Teen Area 4-5:30p.
  • Newhall – Community Room 3:30-5p.
  • Valencia – Valencia Barnes & Noble 7-8p.

We look forward to seeing you!

9th Inning

9th Inning


…and the bases are loaded! We’re nearing the end of the game now, but there’s still time for a grand slam to end the game off right. If you’ve been keeping up with our featured missions, you may be very close to finishing off the Five Book Challenge already. If not, there’s still time with a bit of power reading to read and log five books before the end of the Summer Reading Program on the 30th to complete the Five Book Challenge!

All you have to do is log the five books that you need and stop in to our library to earn a free book, as easy as that!

Also, do remember to join us on the 30th for our Field Day Finale Celebration at Newhall Park from 9:00-12:00, we hope to see you there!