SLPL Summer Camps Come to Kids!

SLPL Summer Camps Get Creative!

The “Summer Slide” is a common phrase among educators describing the weeks, sometimes months, of learning a child loses over the summer when out of school. This year, however, kids are starting their summers already behind due to what researchers are calling the “COVID-19 Slide."

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a nonprofit organization that measures academic achievement through nationwide testing, shows that school closures followed by summer break could put children months, if not grade levels behind. NWEA predicts that students from lower-income families will feel a greater impact seeing as lower income jobs have been particularly affected during the pandemic.



Read more about "COVID-19 Slide" in report from NWEA.

Summer Kits For Campers!

One way St. Louis Library (SLPL) is tackling the COVID-19 Slide is with virtual summer camps. In-person camps may not be available this year, but the SLPL Youth Services team is able to offer 54 diverse camp experiences through an online format or through camp kits mailed to homes.



SLPL Foundation Support Summer Fun


The SLPL Youth Services team assembled over 400 summer camp kits and mailed them to registered campers.  Kits include worksheets, crafts and even instruments. Not all camps require access to the internet. This way all SLPL campers, whether they have internet access or not, can enjoy their summer creatively.


SLPL summer camps are made possible in part by Friends of the SLPL. Learn more about how Friends support provides important programming in our community.


If you want to support youth programs and services like SLPL summer camps you can become a Friend of the St. Louis Public Library or renew your support here!


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