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The Seattle Public Library contributes to the education of Seattle’s youth and promotes literacy and a love of reading. We are the go-to place for parents who want the best for their children. With 27 locations, you can find a library in every corner of Seattle – each with free computers and a wealth of resources that support early childhood education, literacy and academic achievement. Our experienced children's and teen services librarians are available at many branches to help you find the right resources. Library programs are fun, free and educational. Story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers give children an early love of books and encourage them to become lifelong readers. For a complete schedule of story times across the city, please visit the Library calendar at Homework help is available year-round online through the Library’s website and in-person during the school year at selected branch libraries for all school-age children and teens. The annual Summer Reading Program challenges children up to 13 to read 10 books to win prizes and enter a drawing to attend the Breakfast of Champions with the city librarian and other dignitaries. The prizes are fun but your children are the real winners – research shows that students who read four or five books over the summer score better on fall reading tests and don’t experience “summer setback.” Our Global Reading Challenge, held every spring, is a battle of the books program for fourth- and fifth-graders enrolled in the Seattle Public Schools. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy the sport of reading. The contenders read 10 books and are quizzed on the contents. The winning team takes home the Global Reading Challenge traveling trophy. When you can’t make it to your local branch, you can use your Library card to access many of our resources online. TumbleBooks has more than 300 animated, talking picture books and BookFlix pairs video picture books with related nonfiction books; both are for preschool and elementary-age children. Your child can learn another language through the Muzzy online language course. Classic and new Disney books also are available online. In addition, the Library also provides specially designed Web pages for children and teens, with links to age-appropriate Internet sites and to filtered search engines. Looking for a reading recommendation? We have lists of books, music and movies for children and teens, or you can ask a librarian for a personalized reading list at Teens can listen to podcasts recorded by teens and to subscribe to the age-appropriate Push to Talk blog. Several branches have “teen spaces” where young people are invited to have snacks, listen to music and play board games. Seattle high school students (ages 14-19) can earn service learning credit or volunteer hours by applying to be a Teen Center Adviser, an ambassador for reading and the Library.

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