Summer @ SLPL: Free Summer Camps

St. Louis Public Library is offering 70 FREE week-long Summer Camps for kids and teens. Space is limited and registration is required.

Register through the online application listed below or by picking up an application at any SLPL location. Limit two camps per child.

Questions? Call 314-880-8169 or email youthcamps@slpl.org.


OPEN CAMPS

MANGA MANIA | Ages 13-16
July 15-July 19 at Julia Davis Library
July 29-Aug 2 at Carpenter Library
1-3 p.m.
Dive deeper into the world of manga art! Explore different artists, develop skills and experiment with various mediums to create interesting and exciting works of manga art to take home! Presented by DaySpring Arts | Limit: 20

SLAM! IT'S A POET’S WORLD | Ages 9-11
July 29-Aug 2 at Cabanne Library
1-3 p.m.

Express yourself with the power of the mic! Learn about rhythm, rhyme and performance in spoken word poetry. Be creative and confident while writing poetry about yourself and important societal issues. Presented by Student Writers Studio | Limit: 20

YOUTH POETRY SLAM | Ages 13-15
July 29-Aug 2 at Schlafly Library
1-3 p.m.
Learn the power of storytelling through poetic verse! Explore video performances, key published poems and practice poetry slams with MK Stallings. Presented by UrbArts | Limit: 15

YOUTH HIP HOP | Ages 7-12
June 24-June 28 at Baden Library
10 a.m.-Noon
Hip Hop is a street style of dance that focuses on isolation, level and weight change, musicality and improvisation. Learn about the history and culture of the art form, practice movement qualities, techniques and experiment with individual expression and freestyle. Teamwork is a must! Presented by Consuming Kinetics Dance Company | Limit: 20 

TEEN HIP HOP | Ages 13-17
June 24-June 28 at Carpenter Library
1-3 p.m.
Hip Hop is a street style of dance that focuses on isolation, level and weight change, musicality and improvisation. Learn about the history and culture of the art form, practice movement qualities, techniques and experiment with individual expression and freestyle. Teamwork is a must! Presented by Consuming Kinetics Dance Company | Limit: 20

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE | Ages 6-8
July 22-July 26 at Baden Library
10 a.m.-Noon
3....2....1....blast off! Get ready to rocket into orbit and explore things that are out of this world! Discover the planets of the solar system and what makes each one special. Learn why our Sun is so important and take small steps to explore the Moon. Presented by Saint Louis Science Center | Limit: 20

YOGA MOVES ME DANCE PARTY | Ages 10-13
July 22-July 26 at Machacek Library
10-11:15 a.m.
Join us for a fun-filled dance party on your yoga mat! Enjoy interactive yoga and mindfulness activities including crafts and games, all accompanied by upbeat dance music. Build self-awareness, positive social-emotional behaviors, increased concentration and healthy movement. No experience needed. Yoga mat provided. Presented by Yoga Buzz | Limit: 20


CLOSED CAMPS

YOGA, ART AND COMMUNITY | Ages 8-13
July 15-July 19 at Baden Library (FULL)

10 a.m.-Noon
Learn how to calm down, find your inner voice and be creative. Discover ways to manage stress, identify healthy ways to take care of your body, heart, mind and expand your community! Build self-awareness, positive social-emotional behaviors, increased concentration and healthy movement. No experience needed. Yoga mat provided. Presented by Yoga Buzz | Limit: 12

COMIC ART OF STORYTELLING | Ages 10-14
July 15-July 19 at Divoll Library (FULL)
2-4 p.m.
Learn the principles and philosophies of visual storytelling from the perspective of comic book creative artists David Gorden and Lorenzo Lizana and create works of art! Presented by UrbArts | Limit: 15

RHYTHMS & FOLKLORE OF AFRICA! | Ages 10-12
July 8-July 12 at Divoll Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
Explore African culture, music and storytelling through hands-on experience! Learn African hand drumming variety of traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments and tell your story. Presented by Kenya Ajanaku | Limit: 10

CHILDREN’S PERCUSSION WORKSHOP | Ages 6-9 (FULL)
July 15-July 19 at Walnut Park Library
1-2 p.m. 
Explore a variety of professional instruments used for rhythm, sound effects and melody. Get hands-on opportunities to play instruments and create fun, simple rhythms and melodies. Presented by Jackie and Glen “Papa” Wright | Limit: 20

G.H.O.S.T. | Ages 10-14
June 24-June 28 at Cabanne Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Campfires, Halloween, walking through the woods…all great times to tell a really scary story! Create a spooky, scary story, and learn how to use character voices, sound effects and body language to raise goosebumps on your listeners. Presented by Sherry Norfolk | Limit: 20

HOCUS POCUS | Ages 5-10
June 24-June 28 at Machacek Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
Explore the magical realm and craft projects drawn from some of our favorite books. If you love Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and other magical books this camp is for you! Make potions, conjure monsters and develop characters using cartooning and Anime techniques. Presented by Artscope | Limit: 15

OUT OF THIS WORLD | Ages 5-10
July 15-July 19 at Schlafly Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Watch out for alien invasions! Explore the planets and creations of our solar system and create paintings and crafts that are out of this world! Presented by Art Buzz Kids | Limit: 12

BEYOND THE STARS | Ages 7-12
July 29-Aug 2 at Divoll Library (FULL)
2-4 p.m.
Soar through outer space with us! Using all of our STEAM skills, we will dance like stars, learn about flight through the cosmos, create the moon with brushes and paint and much more! Presented by DaySpring Arts | Limit: 20

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY | Ages 11-13
July 15-July 19 at Cabanne Library (FULL)
1-4 p.m.
Learn how to use composition, light, shadow and point of view to communicate your ideas. Photograph people, architecture and nature while exploring different techniques to heighten photo quality. Presented by COCA | Limit: 16

DOCUMENTARY FILM | Ages 12-17
July 15-July 19 at Central Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon

Explore a topic and share your knowledge with others! Learn basic filmmaking principles, working through pre-, post and general production techniques. Work in groups to visualize, record and edit complete documentary films. Presented by Cinema St. Louis and Lindenwood University | Limit: 10

LIVE ACTION FILM Ages 12-17
July 29-Aug 2 at Barr Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
Have a story to tell? Learn basic filmmaking principles, working through pre-, post- and general production techniques. Work in groups to visualize, record and edit complete live action films. Presented by Cinema St. Louis and Lindenwood University | Limit: 10

PAINT THE WORDS | Ages 12-17
July 22-July 26 at Julia Davis Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.

Explore feelings from the words we hear and release your creative expression! Draw from your senses, listen to short poems or stories and paint your masterpieces. Create a large canvas painting or work on small projects to take home. Presented by Art Buzz Kids | Limit: 12

STOP MOTION FILM Ages 12-17
July 22-July 26 at Schlafly Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon

Create short animated films! Learn how to film and edit short animated films using LEGOs and other supplies. Presented by Cinema St. Louis and Webster University | Limit: 10

SPELLBOUND | Ages 3-5
July 15-July 19 at Carpenter Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dream of an enchanted world and create stories of magical adventures and creatures! Learn how to write invisible messages, make magic wands and sing spellbinding songs. Presented by COCA | Limit: 14

TWINKLETOES TEA PARTY Ages 3-5
July 15-July 19 at Kingshighway Library (FULL)

July 22-July 26 at Buder Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
Bring your dancing shoes! Learn how to dance the ballet, enjoy ballet-themed storytimes, create costume accessories and join a tea party. Show off your crafty creations and dance routine at the royal ball finale! Presented by DaySpring Arts | Limit: 15

YOUTH SUMMER CIRCUS | Ages 6-10
July 29-Aug 2 at Carondelet Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Run away to the circus and still be home in time for dinner! Learn tumbling, juggling, clowning and more. Work to develop acts and put on a show by the end of the week. Presented by Circus Harmony | Limit: 20

YOGA, ART AND COMMUNITY | Ages 8-13
July 29-Aug 2 at Kingshighway Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
Learn how to calm down, find your inner voice and be creative. Discover ways to manage stress, identify healthy ways to take care of your body, heart, mind and expand your community! Build self-awareness, positive social-emotional behaviors, increased concentration and healthy movement. No experience needed. Yoga mat provided. Presented by Yoga Buzz | Limit: 12

YOGA MOVES ME DANCE PARTY | Ages 10-13
July 22-July 26 at Machacek Library
10-11:15 a.m.
Join us for a fun-filled dance party on your yoga mat! Enjoy interactive yoga and mindfulness activities including crafts and games, all accompanied by upbeat dance music. Build self-awareness, positive social-emotional behaviors, increased concentration and healthy movement. No experience needed. Yoga mat provided. Presented by Yoga Buzz | Limit: 20

CHILDREN’S PERCUSSION WORKSHOP | Ages 6-9
June 24-June 28 at Barr Library (FULL)
1-2 p.m. 
Explore a variety of professional instruments used for rhythm, sound effects and melody. Get hands-on opportunities to play instruments and create fun, simple rhythms and melodies. Presented by Jackie and Glen “Papa” Wright | Limit: 20

SONG SHAPER’S ENDANGERED SPECIES PROJECT | Ages 9-11
June 24-June 28 at Central Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
Research and create a song about your favorite animal. Explore song structure, rhythm, rhyme and melody and record your creation. Presented by Mark Pagano | Limit: 16

UKULELE | Ages 7-12
July 8-July 12 at Carpenter Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Take an imaginary trip to the islands and explore the ukulele! Learn some fun tunes while growing your skills in a laidback atmosphere with other ukulele enthusiasts. Ukuleles will be provided and are for you to keep so you can continue making music on or off the island. Presented by DaySpring Arts | Limit: 15

HOGWARTS: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES | Ages 8-10
July 15-July 19 at Carondelet Library (FULL)
1-4 p.m.
Invent your own tales of the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and the magnificent enchanted castle of Hogwarts, complete with original characters, old favorites and magical creatures. Work together to build props and costumes to enhance the story. The magic of Hogwarts never fails! Presented by COCA | Limit: 20

GROW WITH SCIENCE | Ages 4-6
June 24-June 28 at Kingshighway Library (FULL)
July 8-July 12 at Buder Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
What’s under your feet? Hidden gems, roots to mighty trees, creepy crawly bugs and animal mysteries are all waiting to be uncovered. Explore insects and spiders that aren’t so creepy and discover the power of plants by germinating seeds to share with your family. Unearth the scientific secrets behind natural wonders in our environment. Presented by Saint Louis Science Center | Limit: 15

BRICK SPACE ADVENTURES | Ages 5-9
June 24-June 28 at Schlafly Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Packed full of LEGO projects that will make your imagination blast off! Learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA Space Program. Spark your creativity and take off on an adventure that’s out of this world! Presented by Bricks 4 Kidz | Limit: 20

GALAXY FAR AWAY | Ages 5-9
June 24-June 28 at Buder Library (FULL)
July 22-July 26 at Central Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Join us for an adventurous journey through space! Build the “Redstone Rocket” to blast through the atmosphere and motorized “Star Wars” models for both the Rebel Forces and the Dark Side. Come experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far away! Presented by Bricks 4 Kidz | Limit: 20

NINJAGO: LEGO BUILDING | Ages 5-9
July 29-Aug 2 at Walnut Park Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Build spinning contraptions and Ninjago characters with LEGO bricks. Presented by Bricks 4 Kidz | Limit: 20

CHECKMATE | Ages 5-17
July 15-July 19 at Buder Library (FULL)
July 22-July 26 at Carpenter Library (FULL)
July 29-Aug 2 at Central Library (FULL)
1-4 p.m.
Learn fundamental chess elements, develop problem-solving, critical thinking skills and have fun! Demonstrate sportsmanship and strive for success over the chessboard. Presented by Saint Louis Chess Club | Limit: 16

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE | Ages 6-8
July 29-Aug 2 at Machacek Library (FULL)
10 a.m.-Noon
3....2....1....blast off! Get ready to rocket into orbit and explore things that are out of this world! Discover the planets of the solar system and what makes each one special. Learn why our Sun is so important and take small steps to explore the Moon. Presented by Saint Louis Science Center | Limit: 20

LEGO BUILDING CODING | Ages 7-10
July 15-July 19 at Barr Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Design, build and program LEGO models to move, flash and make sounds. Work as a team to explore programming and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way. Presented by E2 Young Engineers | Limit: 10

CS FIRST: ART Ages 9-14
July 29-Aug 2 at Buder Library (FULL)
1-3 p.m.
Use Scratch to create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters and other exciting artistic projects. Presented by Globalhack | Limit: 10


2019 Summer Camps

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