Kids, tweens, and teens – check out what’s happening at the Library

(Tucson, AZ) Thanks to community partnerships and inventive Library staff, there are still opportunities for kids of all ages to engage with us!



Many young adults who dream of going to college never get there, or if they do, they never finish. Let's change this! Make an impact by sharing your stories about belonging in college!

Using the documentary, Personal Statement, and curriculum developed with it, we've put together workshops for high school students to create and share their own #WeBelongInCollege video stories, which can be submitted to Get Schooled for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship for college.

The 4-part workshop will be conducted online beginning Tuesday, July 14. Participants are required to register in advance.

Share your poetry!

Exciting news! We're partnering with the UA Poetry Center and Arizona Public Media on a K-12 poetry contest. Young writers are invited to submit one poem in response to the following prompt:

What do you want the world to know about how you feel?

We welcome all poetic forms and styles as well as bilingual, multi-lingual, and code-switching poems! The contest will run through July 16. Submit your poem here!

Need help getting started on your poem? We're offering Zoom-based writing workshops with professional writer, Lisa M. O'Neill. Sign up here!

Summer Learning

Download and print (or pick one up at your local library) a tracker and then color in a character for every 20 minutes (or more!) spent reading. Looking for some recommendations? Don't worry—we've got that covered! Check out some of these lists we've created with eager young readers in mind.

How about Summer Learning online? Yep! We've got that, too. This year, we're proud to offer READsquared, an online reading tracker, where kids can earn badges complete online activity missions, and play games! Young readers can also write book reviews, find lists of cool books, and make wish lists of books they want to read.

Story Writing Playshop

Writing can be messy. Sometimes in involves time machines, killer robots, and just perhaps, even a cow jilted on her wedding day. 

This virtual playshop on Saturday, July 25 from 10 to 11:30 am, hosted by Writer in Residence Jennifer J. Stewart, is geared towards young writers, ages nine through teens, as well as those young at heart. Participants must register in advance. Registration opens Saturday, July 18. 

Story Sketches

This year, as part of our Summer Learning Program, the Library is happy to announce the launch of Story Sketches. 

Kids, ages 5 to 18, are invited to send us stories up to 500 words long and the Library may post it on our PCPL Kids YouTube page for everyone to see! If you want, you can express your inner artist and illustrate the story as well. If not, our library artists will create pictures to go with your fantastic tale. Find more details here.  


About Pima County Public Library

For more than 100 years, we’ve been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are always looking ahead to help you find what you’re looking for. Every day, we’re making our mission a reality by educating and connecting people and inspiring ideas.